Highland Creek Trail (Highland Creek Trailhead)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

From Highland Creek Trailhead the Highland Creek Trail (20E04) features dramatic views and wildflowers at the beginning, then descends into forest and meadows. The trail follows Highland Creek canyon down to Hiram Meadow and beyond to the northeast end of Spicer Reservoir; it continues to north to Rock Lake and Duck Lake and ends at the Silver Valley Trailhead at the east end of Lake Alpine. It also connects with trails to Elephant Rock Lake and Union Reservoir. Zoom out and pan the map below to view the entire trail.

Most of the trail is within the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

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-Medium
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the west, Markleeville to the east

General Information


See the Highland Creek Trailhead page for directions to that trailhead.

See the Silver Valley Trailhead page for directions to that trailhead.



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