“A beautiful lake with mixed rocky and grassy shores, good fishing, camping, and views of surrounding granite ridges.”
— Lee Watts
Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Wilderness permits are required, but they are easily obtained at any Stanislaus Forest ranger station. Campfires are not allowed above 9000 feet, but the lake is below that.
This is a short, easy run from the start of the trail, but it's a long run to the start from any direction.
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.