Union East Campground to Elephant Rock Lake Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail can be used to access Elephant Rock Lake or used as a loop for Duck Lake. Trail accesses the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

The trail starts at the east end of Union East Campground and goes to Elephant Rock Lake. It features views of Union Reservoir with mountains in the background. Elephant Rock Lake with Elephant Rock in the background are at the end of the trail. Hikers may continue on to Elephant Rock and Rock Lake on the Rock Lake Trail. Moderate difficulty. 1.3 miles one-way.

Elevation: 7080 feet. 
Lat/Long: 38.428444, -119.991472

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Open. Online wilderness permits are available. Obtain a free online wilderness permit.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permit is required for overnight visits to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the east, Arnold to the west
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet at Union East Campground
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From the Calaveras Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines, California, head east on Highway 4 for approximately 26 miles, turn right on Spicer Reservoir Road, follow Spicer road for 7.9 miles, then turn left on Forest Route 7N75. Stay on this for about .7 mile; turn right at the T-intersection and continue 1 mile to Union East Campground. Park in the gravel lot. Trail starts at the east end of the campground.

Accessible to all highway-legal vehicles. Trailhead access by car is blocked by snow and road closure of Spicer Reservoir Road in the winter season.

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