TJ Lake

  • At 9,290 feet in the upper Lakes Basin, this spectacular lake, set in a forest of lodgepole pine, offers numerous secluded picnic, fishing and camping spots with big, close-up views of Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest. Its northern shore can be reached via a short climb up from Barrett Lake on the Coldwater-Lake George Trail. The far shores are accessible by a series of primitive fishermen's trails. In winter, the lake is a popular backcountry ski destination at the base of TJ Bowl.

  • At 9,290 feet in the upper Lakes Basin, this spectacular lake, set in a forest of lodgepole pine, offers numerous secluded picnic, fishing and camping spots with big, close-up views of Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest. Its northern shore can be reached via a short climb up from Barrett Lake on the Coldwater-Lake George Trail. The far shores are accessible by a series of primitive fishermen's trails. In winter, the lake is a popular backcountry ski destination at the base of TJ Bowl.

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  • 12/12/2017: SNOW AND WINTER CONDITIONS EXIST ABOVE 8000 FEET. NON-SNOW RELATED ACTIVITIES MAY BE ACCESSED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.

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Related Trails

Related Trails

Trail Length (mi) Surface Activities and Services
Coldwater-George Trail 2.9 Sand Equestrian Hiking
TJ Lake Loop 0.3 Soil Equestrian Hiking

Related Experiences

Related Experiences

Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Hiking from Lake George to TJ and Barrett Lakes 1.5 Sand Less than 4 hours
Hiking to TJ Lake - Adaptive Option 1.5 Soil Less than 4 hours
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