Sunset Lakes Area

Lower and Upper Sunset Lakes, Summit Lake and the Pacific Crest Trail to Raymond Lake are all in the same area. It takes a little effort to drive there but the scenery is breathtaking. If you like the wilderness and want to have very little interaction or no interaction with people. This is the place if you are looking for the 'Jeremiah Johnson' (famous trapper) experience.There is lots of opportunities just for strolling along exploring the surroundings, enjoying the scenery and the views. You will see the most amazing granite and can just plan a granite walk through fairy tale land. If you are interested to follow the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) to Raymond Lake. Which is quite a challenge. If you attempt it in the hot summer month make sure you have plenty of water. The shading is very limited on this trail until you get to Raymond Lake.

From Highway 88 drive east, coming from Carson Pass. When you get down the hill you will turn right onto Blue Lakes Road, from there is about 10 miles to Tamarack Lake. Turn left an continue for another two to three miles on the road to Sunset Lakes. Lower and upper Sunset Lakes is to the left, Summit Lake is to the right. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road to Summit Lake.

Easy to Difficult : Depening if you want to go to Raymond Lake on the PCT is about 6 miles and a buttkicker. Granite hopping can be fun and you can get a great walk in. You can also hike around in the Sumit Lake/Wet Meadows area. There are plenty of easy but beautiful walks.

Dogs, Bikers, Horses allowed.

Terrain: Open space very comfortable to hike on granite or soft earthy grounds. Plenty of designated trails.

Camping: Camping in wild country. (be aware it is bear country!) No organized paid camping available.

Trail Notes: Great for short or long hikes, a run or just an afternoon stroll, granite exploration. The granite in these areas has incredible markings and the sunsets are awe inspiring. Solitude, Meditation, Contemplation, Artists Heaven, Trees, Granite, Views, Small Lakes, flat and steep terrapin, whatever you desire it is here.

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John Muir (1838-1914)

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