Lakes Basin Winter Access

  • Lake Mary Road is closed just above the turnoff to Tamarack Lodge after the first major snowstorm of each season. For the rest of the winter, access to the Lakes Basin is only by snowshoes and skis. The groomed trails network includes fee-based cross-country ski trails as well as public-access right-of-way to the John Muir Wilderness. On April 17 of each year, after the cross-country ski season ends and before roads are plowed, snowmobiles are allowed in the Lakes Basin on existing roadways only, conditions permitting.

  • Lake Mary Road is closed just above the turnoff to Tamarack Lodge after the first major snowstorm of each season. For the rest of the winter, access to the Lakes Basin is only by snowshoes and skis. The groomed trails network includes fee-based cross-country ski trails as well as public-access right-of-way to the John Muir Wilderness. On April 17 of each year, after the cross-country ski season ends and before roads are plowed, snowmobiles are allowed in the Lakes Basin on existing roadways only, conditions permitting.

Destination Alerts

  • 05/24/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 8500 ft are covered in snow. Watch for snow, ice, and high water.

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Trail Length (mi) Surface Activities and Services
Winter Access Corridor - Lakes Basin 2.5 Snow Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Vista Viewing

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