Upper Rock Creek Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 836' 255 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 9,714' 2,961 m
Low: 8,891' 2,710 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“This trail gets you to the lake, where other trails begin.”— Dustin Porter
From the parking area, head south from the trailhead. At about 0.6 miles, there is a large rock and then a bridge on the right. Once you cross the bridge, the trail essentially parallels the creek all the way to the lake as it gradually climbs up the drainage. Around 1.9 miles, the trail passes through Pine Grove Campground, then continuing south it brushes past a small pond about 2.6 miles in.
About three miles in, the trail makes a somewhat steep climb up the final stretch to the lake. It meets the lake then parallels it for a short distance to to its terminus at the boat launch area.
In the winter, there is often some snow and ice so make sure you bring trekking poles.
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Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office
Sep 18, 2019: Taboose Fire Update 9/19/19
Sep 17, 2019: Taboose Fire Update 9/18/19