Norris Lake Trail to Jackass Lakes 7.5 mi 12.1 km • 1,741' Up 530.66 m Up • 1,740' Down 530.5 m Down. Highlights: Dinkey Lakes Loop is an easy backpack of 7 to 9 miles (round trip) with walls of glaciated granite, and mountain lakes stocked with trout in a High Sierra setting. The Forestry service dropped boulders in front of it to block traffic. Once you get into the higher elevations the mosquitoes thin out, but there are still enough to bite and annoy. The trail also leads to another 4 lakes in that area, but our destination was the First Dinkey Lake. Lastly, There were more Highway Patrol, Forestry Service, Rangers, and Game wardens on the hill than I have ever seen. Trail is well marked. Trail Description. You cannot depend on other people on the mountain having recovery gear to bail you out. Another option from First Dinkey Lake is to continue on to Second Dinkey, Rock, and Island Lakes. Love love the serenity of the trail and the lakes. Couldn’t believe about 30 trucks and suvs made the drive. There were many trees down on the road. Short video review of our hike: Road to trail head wasn't a problem for my stock 4wheel drive truck but I wouldn't recommend a car. It is approximately 3.5 miles in and climbs about 700 feet. 10-miles of off-roads to trailhead… The Dinkey Lakes are located in the Dinkey Wilderness in the Sierra National Forest east of Shaver Lake. Follow the sign for Dinkey Lakes trailhead (turn right). We did not read the description of the roads on the app before going; silly us! Status Update: Tried to get to the lakes this weekend. Travel 3 miles past Trapper Springs Campground to the trailhead. Road was fine all the way back until after the logging landing. Great hike, beautiful lakes for swimming and dog splashing, and no bugs! For a change of pace, try going straight to First Dinkey, then when you come to the junction to take the loop, go straight instead to Second Dinkey Lake. The road from Tamarack is pretty well marked and fairly easy driving. If you are not absolutely sure your vehicle and your plan B can get you through a snow bank DON'T DRIVE THROUGH IT. We dug several groups out of the snow who were wildly unprepared with no chains, no shovels, no snow tires, no 4 wheel drive (or they had it and didn't use it for some line of reasoning that forsakes all intelligence). Didn't see anything really wrong with the bridge except the guardrail was broken on one side. 6/19 - 6/21/20. “To reach the Morgan Pass plus all seven lakes with side trails was 8.7 miles total with an 850' elevation gain.” See all Mosquito Flat Trailhead reviews Hume Lake Camps. From tamarack ridge sno park expect 40 - 50 minutes on dirt roads. 2. Some people we talked to said they had the best luck fishing at First Dinkey but the mosquitoes were the worst over there. (The extra "Shelter in Place" weight caught up to me) The lakes were very picturesque. Continuing on to Second Dinkey Lake the trail starts to climb steeper, but not for long. Seeing four lakes on one loop is really nice. Most of the wilderness is above 8000 feet elevation. Wilderness permits are required year-round for all overnight trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' wilderness. It was tall and the snow was solid ice. Great, easy hike. Dinkey Lakes Loop Dinkey Lakes Wilderness in the Southern Sierra . There is some large patches of snow in shady areas. Many of the small creeks in the area were frozen although the temperature in the sun was still warm. Do yourself a favor and take the loop counterclockwise for a much less steep climb. Norris Lake Trail to Jackass Lakes 7.5 mi 12.1 km • 1,741' Up 530.66 m Up • 1,740' Down 530.5 m Down. Directions: A bridge failure at Cow Creek has blocked the traditional route of taking Hwy 168 to Dinkey Creek Road and the southern portion of the Rock Creek Road (9S09). 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