|Typically Open:||06/15 - 11/01|
|Highest Elevation:||9028 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 40 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Shaver Lake|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Shaver Lake|
|Official Road Name:||26E212|
|Management Agency:||Sierra National Forest|
|District:||High Sierra Ranger District|
A high mountain lake hidden at the end of this rock crawling 4x4 trail makes for a killer end-of-trail reward and an even better camping location. Rock gardens, dense forest, a few short stretches of easy trail and, of course, Red Lake, make up Red Lake Trail. This is one of many 4x4 trails in the Red Mountain OHV network in the Sierra National Forest, northeast of Shaver Lake and Southeast of Huntington Lake. Red Lake Trail is one of the "easier" trails in this area, when compared to Mirror Lake Trail and Coyote Lake Trail , but do not underestimate Red Lake. While easier, it is not "easy", and still a challenge to reach the Lake at the end.
Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.Read more about our rating system
Start here, at the east end of Sand Flats. Stay to the right at the sign boards. Sand Flats includes a few campsites, a vault toilet, and open sandy areas around the trees.
Continue straight to maneuver your way over these few rocks. The rocks alone here wouldn't typically be worth a waypoint, but the tree on the opposite side of the trail might catch the roof of a leaning rig.
Continue straight through the Gate Keeper. This obstacle is a good example of what you're to come across on this trail. If you have trouble here, you may want to turn back before you get deeper in.
Squeeze your way down the trail through this densely wooded section.
Continue straight. This is typical of the easier sections of this trail.
Here's a Rock Garden. Get used to them. More are coming up.
Continue straight over this optional rock obstacle, or bypass it to the side.
Remember Waypoint 6? We told you so. Here is another Rock Garden.
An easy obstacle, but a unique sight, continue straight over the Slabs.
Continue straight. We warned you at Waypoint 6. We reminded you at Waypoint 8. Now, here's another Rock Garden. This one might be the most challenging part of the trail. This uphill rock garden is long and curves around ( or over ) some sizable boulders.
Slow down and squeeze through the rocks on each side of the trail here.
Continue straight. We explained this already. This trail is full of Rock Gardens. Get through this one and watch for the lake, up on your right.
Continue straight or stop to swim, fish and/or camp here at the lake; Red Lake. Camping is allowed along the side of the trail opposite the water.
Red Lake Trail ends here. If you're ready for more, continue up Coyote Lake Trail . If you've had enough, your options are to head back the way you came in or set up camp.
Starting Point: Fresno, California