|Typically Open:||06/15 - 11/01|
|Highest Elevation:||8972 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Shaver Lake|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Shaver Lake|
|Official Road Name:||26E216|
|Management Agency:||Sierra National Forest|
|District:||High Sierra Ranger District|
This high mountain lake trail adds extra pucker factor with its steep, rocky, off camber winch hill where winch posts have been drilled and set in the rocks at two locations. Mirror Lake Trail is a hardcore rock crawling 4x4 trail that runs from Strawberry Lake Trail, near Sand Flats, to Mirror Lake at its north end. Rock crawling, swimming, fishing, camping and lake side relaxation in the high mountains of the Sierra National Forest make for one of the most challenging and rewarding 1.3 miles you can run. Mirror Lake Trail is one of many 4x4 trails in the Red Mountain off-road trail network which sits northeast of Shaver Lake and Southeast of Huntington Lake.
Severe rock over 15". Frequent deep holes over 15". Shelves over 15". Mud bog conditions (long, deep, no form bottom). Over 30" water crossings with strong currents. Steep grades over 30 degrees. Sidehill over 30 degrees. May not be passable by stock vehicles. Experience essential. Body damage, mechanical breakdown, rollover probable. Extreme caution required.Read more about our rating system
Start from the split at Strawberry Lake Trail. Mirror Lake Trail is on the left.
Continue around this Rocky Curve.
Continue up this rocky section.
Continue around this rock scattered, slightly off camber hillside.
Continue straight or get out and walk ahead to assess the trail for yourself. This is a common turnaround point for many. If you're unsure of completing this trail, park here and walk down to see the Winch Hill before you continue past this point. Turning around after this point and before the bottom of the Winch Hill can be difficult, and just as dangerous as the hill itself.
Continue left, down the rocks. Pick your line carefully. A winch point has been set in the rocks here to help on your way back up.
Continue down. Another winch point has been set in the rocks here, on the east side of the trail.
Squeeze between this tree and jeep sized rock to make your way over the last section of the Winch Hill.
Continue on, through this boulder field where the the dirt has been dug up by other rigs loosing traction.
Continue straight over the Log Run.
Continue over or around the rocks on your way up this hill.
Continue to the left or stop and set up camp. This is the first of the camp sites near the lake.
Continue straight or stop and set up camp. This is another campsite, near the lake.
This is the end of the trail. Turn around and head back up or stop and set up camp.
Starting Point: Fresno, California