Chilnualna Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,728' 527 m
Descent: -77' -24 m
High: 9,031' 2,753 m
Low: 7,372' 2,247 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A backcountry run up the Buena Vista Crest along a few beautiful lakes.”— Tilman Giese
You reach the first of the Chilnualna Lakes at about 3 miles, right after the trail makes somewhat of a noticeable left turn. The lake is fairly shallow and quickly silting in towards the middle of the summer. The surrounding blueberry bushes do make this a nice camping spot if you don't mind the mosquitoes.
The second lake is another half mile away, but off trail to the east. You'll reach the third lake at about 4.5 miles right before the final, somewhat steeper ascent to Buena Vista Lake. It's somewhat similar to the first and can be equally mosquito-ridden. The reward for making it up the final granite slope is an amazing vista north all the way to the Cathedral Range and Half Dome as well as Mount Starr King.
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