Rock Lake Trail (from Silver Valley Trailhead)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lakes and forest. Some burned-over areas at Rock Lake.

Start at the Silver Valley Trailhead. At .6 miles from the trailhead, take the Duck Lake Bypass Trail (20E04A) to your left (sign says to Rock Lake). Continue .7 miles to the intersecton with the the Highland Creek Trail (20E04). Turn left onto the trail and follow it 2.7 miles to Rock Lake. Total distance one-way is 4 miles. Moderate difficulty.

A side trip can be make to Duck Lake by turning right on the Highland Creek Trail and continuing 1/4 to 1/2 mile.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
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
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Mid-June to mid-August
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the west, Markleeville to the east.
Water: Potable water available at Lake Alpine Recreation Area campgrounds in summer season
Restroom: Vault toilets at Silver Valley Campground in summer season
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


Trail starts at the Silver Valley Trailhead: From Highway 4 at Lake Alpine, take the Lake Alpine East Shore road and follow it to the end, just before the Silver Valley Campground entrance. Turn around and park along the right side of the road. The turnoff from Highway 4 is 34 miles east of the Calaveras Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines, California.

For a map to the trailhead, go to the Silver Valley Trailhead page.



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