The Lakes Trail leads to icy lakes and granite peaks. The Watchtower route offers views of Tokopah Valley, but has steep drop-offs and is unsafe in snowy conditions. It closes in winter. The Hump route climbs steadily through forest and is the best option in snowy or icy conditions. The trail begins at Wolverton parking area, two miles south along the Generals Highway. Turn left at Wolverton Road, then follow the road until it ends. The trailhead is at the left end of the parking area.
Wood fires are prohibited along the entire Lakes Trail to protect fragile alpine ecosystems. Emerald Lake 5.3 miles (8.5 km), 9,200 feet (2800 m). Food storage lockers. Pear Lake 6.2 miles (10.0 km), 9,500 feet (3000 m). Food storage lockers. Beyond Pear Lake, camp in any suitable area. No food storage lockers. Bear-resistant food-storage canisters are highly recommended in the Tablelands area. Bears and marmots are active there and will consume food that is not stored properly. Use foodstorage canisters to keep your food—and yourself—safe. No camping is allowed at Heather Lake and Aster Lake. Past heavy use has disturbed these areas. They are currently closed to allow for rehabilitation.
Last updated: November 2, 2018