ElevationAscent: 509' 155 m
Descent: -265' -81 m
High: 9,553' 2,912 m
Low: 9,221' 2,811 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“The final section of the Lakes Trail leading past Heather, Emerald, and Aster lakes to Pear Lake.”— Charlotte Reed
The trail continues past Emerald Lake looking down to deep blue Aster Lake on the left before beginning its final ascent to Pear Lake. Look for Alpine Columbine and Indian paintbrush along the rocky trail in mid-summer, and enjoy the view back down the Tokopah Valley into which the water from all four lakes drains to form the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. At 1.6 miles the trail begins to curve to the east and passes a junction to the Pear Lake Ranger Station. Continue along the main trail for another 0.5 miles to reach Pear Lake at 2.1 miles. Camping is permitted at the lake but is limited to 10 sites and requires a permit.
Enjoy a swim in this alpine lake or take in the views to the south of Alta Peak and the expansive surrounding smooth granite slabs and twisted pines before heading back.
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