26E213 - Coyote Lake Trail

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5/5 (25 reviews)
Shaver Lake, California (Fresno County)
Last Updated: 11/01/2023
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A high mountain lake hidden at the end of the Red Lake 4x4 Trail is, literally, only the beginning. Coyote Lake Trail is a challenging, rock crawling 4x4 trail that runs from Red Lake to Coyote Lake. Rock crawling, swimming, fishing, camping and lake side relaxation in the high mountains of the Sierra National Forest make for one of the most rewarding 1.7 miles you can run. This is one of many 4x4 trails in the Red Mountain off-road trail network in the Sierra National Forest, northeast of Shaver Lake and Southeast of Huntington Lake. Rock obstacles, dense forest, and two lakes make Coyote Lake Trail a prime destination for the seasoned wheeler looking to get off the grid.

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Coyote Lake Trail is open 06/15-11/01 each year, but this is subject to extended closures / delayed openings. Forest Service Trail Status You must first run Red Lake Trail to reach the start of Coyote Lake Trail. In comparison, Coyote Lake Trail is more difficult than Red Lake. Coyote Lake Trail starts with a serious rock obstacle Gate Keeper and does not let up for its entire 1.7 mile length. Large boulders and tight squeezes around trees are continuous through out this trail. The more substantial obstacles are included in the waypoints below, but be prepared for continuous crawling until you reach the camping area at Coyote Lake.

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5/5 (25)
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84300
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/01/2023

Seasonal closure
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

So far the hardest trail I've been. Big bear trails are nothing compared to this trail. Very technical. Large Rocks, Large tree roots, Steep rock garden, Tight tree lines. Winch, High lift and lockers are recommended. I manage to finish the trail without lockers since i drive a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sports. But lots of winching for me. Spotters are needed, unless you are a seasoned driver already, The lake is amazing. my difficulty rating is 8/10.
Trail Review: 26E213 - Coyote Lake Trail - CRAZYDONT OVERLAND
Trail Review: 26E213 - Coyote Lake Trail - CRAZYDONT OVERLAND
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Visited: 08/23/2023

It’s open!
Trail Review: 26E213 - Coyote Lake Trail - G. Martin
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 02/17/2023

I Love this trail.. Too bad I just sold my rig. Gonna build another one since this is my home trail just down the road. Im usually just mudding at www.Lynesranch.com I need to get out here and some fun again!
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