Sunrise Lakes Trail
ElevationAscent: 595' 181 m
Descent: -493' -150 m
High: 9,755' 2,973 m
Low: 9,188' 2,800 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“The three Sunrise Lakes are a charming destination for day-trippers or basecamp for backpackers.”— Megan W
Climb uphill for another 1/2 mile and watch closely for Middle Sunrise Lake hidden in the trees. It is not directly on the trail, you'll need to run north a bit to reach this more isolated lake. Once found, it is your best bet for privacy. Another quick ascent brings you to the Upper Sunrise Lake which is the largest of the three and less round. These lakes are framed by impressive granite domes and slabs. From the last lake, contour up and around the finger ridge to then descend into the Sunrise High Sierra Campsite, a favorite place to watch the sunrise and a highly sought after backcountry permit to get.
Backpackers overnighting at the Sunrise Lakes are encouraged to wake up early and get to the Sunrise High Sierra Camp to watch the rising sun paint Mathes Crest with rosy alpenglow hues.
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