• Activities:

    Camping, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    9.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1050 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Cliff Jumping

About 2 hours from Fresno and a 4.6 mile hike will lead you to jagged towering peaks, scenic vistas and a handful of lakes. 

The hike to George Lake starts out about 4 miles after you turn off 168 onto Kaiser Pass Rd. You'll want to park at the parking lot right before Badger Flat Campground. The parking lot is easy to notice and it is located on the right hand side of the road, two pit toilets and bear lockers are located here as well. 

The trailhead is across the road (north-side) with a map detailing a section of the trail. The trail is easily marked and pretty worn down. Cattle and Horses frequently use the trail so the trail may get sandy in some parts. You'll want to follow the signs that point towards Twin Lakes. You'll start out with a slow ascent towards Potter Pass, which is about halfway to George Lake. You'll be rewarded with views of Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner as well as the Minarets to the northeast. The trail descends and you'll eventually come across a trail post telling you to turn left towards Twin Lakes. Another small ascent will take you up towards Lower Twin Lake and Upper Twin Lake shortly after. Once you arrive at Upper Twin Lake you'll only have about another mile left to George Lake.   

Continue along the trial and follow the trail post telling you to turn left towards George Lake. The Twin Lakes area is quite popular but George Lake holds a bit more solitude. You'll know you have arrived at George lake as you'll see an unnamed peak towering in front of you.

If you plan on camping here be sure to pick up a Wilderness Permit at the High Sierra Ranger Station in Prather, CA.

Pack List

  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Map
  • Sunglasses
  • First - Aid
  • Firestarter
  • Flashlight/Headlamp 
  • Extra Food
  • Extra Clothes, preferably waterproof
  • Shoes above the ankle/high socks (sandy in some parts)
  • Wilderness Permit (if staying overnight)
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I use to be a Camp Counselor in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and we would spend our days off camping at this beautiful place! Awesome memories here. I wrote an "adventure" about Doris Lake. You should give that spot a visit the next time you're in this area.

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