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blueBlack Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake

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4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer out and back
75% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,212' 369 m
Descent: -1,212' -369 m
High: 8,152' 2,485 m
Low: 6,956' 2,120 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (20°)

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Trail shared by David Nash

A nice climb through forests and granite slabs to the secluded Grouse Lake.

David Nash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Desolation Wilderness registration is required at the trailhead, but it’s free.

Overview

This is a beautiful run across granite slabs, through lush green forrest, next to a beautiful creek, and ending at an amazing alpine like.

Need to Know

Parking is free at the trailhead parking lot. Make sure not to park along the roadside or in unmarked parking spots in the parking lot. Tickets will be handed out for those that park along the road.

Runner Notes

Rocky, technical running terrain.

Description

From the Twin Lakes Trailhead parking lot at the southwest side of Wrights Lake, follow the signs to Twin Lakes. Just down the trail, you'll find a sign with a map and a Desolation Wilderness sign-in spot. From there, you'll amble through the lush forest and pass by parts of Wrights Lake until you come to the Lake Loop Trail fork where a bridge crosses the South Fork Silver Creek; stay right to stay on Twin Lakes Trail #16E12. You'll pass a junction with Twin Lakes Tie Trail #16E17; stay right again to continue toward Twin Lakes.

Further up the trail, you'll encounter the Desolation Wilderness sign. Shortly after, you'll come to a fork in the trail marked by a single fencepost marker pointing to Grouse Lake to the right and Twin Lakes to the left. Follow Grouse Lake Trail #16E01 to the right.

The next section of trail will lead you up the mountainside through rocky and beautiful terrain. Views will become more and more impressive as you go. Keep climbing, and you'll reach the beautiful Grouse Lake. The trail continues but this is a great places to sit, rest, and have lunch. It is a great turn-around point, making a nice 4.5-mile round-trip run.

Bring water, a layer, hat, sunscreen, good shoes, and a little bit of energy. Trekking poles are handy as well.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns in the forest, chipmunks everywhere.

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