Backpack to Grouse Lake

Lake Tahoe Upper Blue Lake Campground

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Hiking to Grouse Lake offers scenic mountain views and in the right season, you'll see an abundance of beautiful wildflowers.

It is a 6 mile hike to Grouse Lake. You begin at the trailhead which is right by the Upper Blue Lake Camp Ground. Park in the dirt parking area and then cross the metal footbridge, and you will see the trailhead marker on your left.

The trail takes you into the Mokelumne Wilderness. Follow the trail about 2 miles, through forests and meadows, and you will reach Granite Lake. This is a beautiful lake to camp at, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in.

Continue on, and the trail will wind up a series of steep inclines. You will cross rocky slopes and grassy hillsides. Granted that there is no fog impeding your view, you will be met with stunning vistas.

As you approach Grouse Lake, the trail will begin a steep descent. The lake is at the bottom of the trail, surrounded by beautiful rocks and cliffs. There are plenty of places to set up camp around the lake and there are lots of areas to explore from your camp. Go for a dip, or sprawl out on the rocks and enjoy the mountain sunshine.

The stars are incredible at night, so once the sun sets, get nice and bundled and look up.

Directions: To get to the trail head, you take the Hope Valley Road off of Highway 88 to Lower Blue Lake. Then, turn north and go all the way to the south end of Upper Blue Lake, where you will find a dirt parking lot and the trailhead.

The GPS coordinates for Upper Blue Lake Campground are: Latitude: N 38° 37' 46.6606", Longitude: W 119° 56' 20.7889"

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove/Fuel
  • Food
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Hiking boots
  • Extra Socks
  • Swim Suit
  • Camera
  • Food & Water For Your Dog
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How to Get There

11 months ago

Great overnight trip with a nearby peak option

This hike is a great overnight trip with excellent vistas into the massive canyons that make up the Mokelumne Wilderness. Best of all you can easily summit Deadwood Peak from the shoulder before descending to Grouse Lake. From the summit of Deadwood Peak it puts the massive size of these canyons into even greater perspective and you can see for miles up and down the Sierra Crest.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Awesome

Moderately difficult but super rewarding, being the only human near that crystal clear mountain lake is awesome!

11 months ago

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Activities:

Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

12 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1575 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers

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