Laurel Lakes

  • At just below 10,000 feet of elevation, Laurel Lake is a small backcountry sub-alpine lake uniquely accessible by driving. In 4.5 very rough and rocky miles, the historic mining road climbs steeply from Sherwin Creek Road to the edge of the John Muir Wilderness. The road is not recommended for any but the sturdiest high-clearance 4x4 vehicles, and it's popular with the OHV set. There are primitive campsites near the lake, which contains rainbow trout and rare native goldens. 

  • At just below 10,000 feet of elevation, Laurel Lake is a small backcountry sub-alpine lake uniquely accessible by driving. In 4.5 very rough and rocky miles, the historic mining road climbs steeply from Sherwin Creek Road to the edge of the John Muir Wilderness. The road is not recommended for any but the sturdiest high-clearance 4x4 vehicles, and it's popular with the OHV set. There are primitive campsites near the lake, which contains rainbow trout and rare native goldens. 

Destination Alerts

  • 05/24/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 7500 ft are still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.
  • Destination Activities

    • Fall Color Viewing
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Off Highway Vehicles
    • Photography

    Public Services

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    Season: Fall Spring Summer

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