Wire Lakes Trail
ElevationAscent: 45' 14 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 8,879' 2,706 m
Low: 8,834' 2,693 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A beautiful lake with mixed rocky and grassy shores, good fishing, camping, and views of surrounding granite ridges.”— Lee Watts
The Wire Lake Trail leaves the Relief Valley Trail at a signpost that is only 0.1 miles west of the Long Lake Trail. It is marked on the latest Tom Harrison Emigrant Wilderness Map as only occasionally maintained, but in 2017, the trail was open and easy to follow as far as the southern end of Upper Wire Lake. After that, it becomes an off-trail route with little evidence that there was ever a trail. Route finding is required, but this is gentle country. There are multiple ways to get from one place to another. For the continuation of this route, check out Wire Lake to Spring Meadow Route.
There are good campsites on the west and southwest sides of the lake and good fishing.
Land Manager: USFS - Stanislaus National Forest Office