Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, (559) 297-0706. Clovis, CA 93611, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, (559) 297-0706, Bass Lake Ranger District Mystery Lake and First Dinkey Lake are about 1.5 miles and 3 miles respectively from the trailhead. You definitely need a high clearance vehicle. Sierra National Forest Headquarters 1600 Tollhouse Road Clovis, CA 93611. I hike every other weekend during the hiking season and I’d rate this trail about a 6 maybe borderline 7 out of 10. Many of the small creeks in the area were frozen although the temperature in the sun was still warm. If you're careful, even a subaru will make it if you go around some of the ruts, but you just need normal off road clearance, nothing spectacular. Definitely want to drive something that has some ground clearance that can handle 6-8” road hazards. Less than a mile is the gate and turn-off to the Dinkey Lakes Trailhead. Turn east on Dinkey Creek Road. Did this loop on the 15th. There’s a neat creek to explore on the southeast side of South lake which is also the area we had the best luck fishing. It really starts to cool off in the early afternoon. An SUV or truck should be fine. It’s deep that’s for sure. But a great group of adventures pulled me out. From tamarack ridge sno park expect 40 - 50 minutes on dirt roads. It comprises 30,000 acres (12,141 ha) within the Sierra National Forest and was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by the California Wilderness Act of 1984. there are loads of camping and hiking treats to be discovered. Never got bit, and didn’t even wear a net around my hat. See park page for more information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7191/ There is a bridge out on the road leading to the trailhead. About 5 miles before the trail, the road is closed at Cow Creek because of a damaged bridge. Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Trail Map Topo Maps by Tom Harrison. South lake was our favorite, but sweed is very pretty. First night got down to the upper 30s and windy. Trail Map. And they were in the back roads patrolling. Wind and colder weather moved in the second day, highs in 60s then 50s, which mostly took care of the mosquito problem. It's wonderful getting out of the central valley heat up here! The logging co grades the road for their equipment. Sierra National Forest Headquarters Cliff Lake Trailhead to Helms Meadow Loop [CLOSED], Three Sisters Peak Trail to Cliff Lake, Rock Lake, and Island Lake [CLOSED], Cliff Lake via Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED], Three Sisters Peak Trail to Cliff Lake, Rock Lake, Second Dinkey Lake, South Lake, Swede Lake, Mystery Lake and First Dinkey Lake [CLOSED], Dinkey Lakes and Dusy-Ershim OHV Loop [CLOSED], Dinkey Lakes Loop via Cliff Lake [CLOSED], Upper Dinkey Creek Loop from Cow Creek Quarry [CLOSED], Cliff Lake, Mystery Lake, Black Peak, and Helms Meadow Loop [CLOSED]. Do NOT take Dinkey Creek Rd. Follow the sign for Dinkey Lakes trailhead (turn right). (The extra "Shelter in Place" weight caught up to me) Hardly any firewood at South lake campground but it's an excellent spot for group camping. Upon obtaining a wilderness permit, the ranger have us directions to the trail head. It was tall and the snow was solid ice. Then if you have time, you can check out Rock & Island lakes as well!! Didn't see anything really wrong with the bridge except the guardrail was broken on one side. The incline to the first and second Dinkey Lake can be a little challenging at 10,000ft. 6/19 - 6/21/20. Did day hikes to Swede and South. Just did this loop with a spur to Island lake. great trail highly recommend!! RECOMMENDED ROUTE Zumwalt Meadows Loop Trail 1.3 mi 2.0 km • 104' Up 31.7 m Up • 123' Down 37.52 m Down. Got a bit of altitude sickness, and I think I will probably get an inhaler for the next hike. But, after the second lake, there is nothing but decline to the last 2 lakes! Spent 3 days 2 nights, ended up staying at Swede lake found an awesome spot around the back off trail. Made this mistake the first time! Middle of August, 2017. The bridge may have separated from the road. Enjoy responsibly. The mosquitos were really bad the first day when the high was in the high 70s but with spray and nets we did fine. 05-15-00-20-22 Sierra-Creek- Closure. This is marked as not suitable for stock, but it is really only difficult in a short section—one that was also complicated by a massive treefall. Users have reported that the road to the trailhead can be difficult for 2WD vehicles. Some of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen, no bugs. It is located just west of the new portion of the John Muir Wilderness and is separated from the John Muir by the Dusy/Ershim Off-Hiway Vehicle Route. The OHV route turns into a rough, passenger car road and gently winds its remaining two miles to the gate at the west end of the OHV route where it intersects with a main logging road 9S10. Dinkey Lakes Loop Dinkey Lakes Wilderness in the Southern Sierra . 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 trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from June until November. Yes the bridge is out. Hike was good. After awhile you will come to another fork in the road. We stayed at Mystery lake at a nice spot on the south side. Continuing on to Second Dinkey Lake the trail starts to climb steeper, but not for long. My son said it felt like the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. the road is closed 8/30 for the last 6 miles of road. People say you need a huge high clearance vehicle, but any suv or truck will do. Follow to Rock Creek Road (National Forest Road 9) turn left. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Backpacking Virtual Tour of Dinkey Lakes Trail. Stay out untill bullfrog lake fire is under control! Just when you think you are lost you will find the trailhead. Sierra Hiking Trails is a collection of past trips taken in the Sierra National Forest over the last eleven years. Would not recommend for anything without decent ground clearance. Rock Lake was even prettier than Second Dinkey so I figured that Island Lake would be even prettier since it was a little higher in elevation. Dinkey Creek Recreation Area is a popular area for its campgrounds, picnic areas, cabins, store, fishing, and hiking. The second night got down to about 28-30 and definitely below freezing. Alternatively, hikers can park at the bridge, and walk to the trailhead, adding significant miles to the hike. Status Update: Tried to get to the lakes this weekend. I didn't see them hassling too many people but there were a lot of them. We pulled two of them off to the side but there were more when we walked the road. BE AWARE OF THE ROAD CLOSURE! Great weather. Gave up right before the Trail Head. Dinkey Creek is also a popular swimming area with large pools and sandy beaches for swimmers. Bridge had been out for several years - ranger said they are due to fix it this year (2020) so this adds an extra 5 miles to the trek before you hit the trailhead. Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED] is a 10.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Shaver Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. We headed up towards First Dinkey Lake which has a more continuous gradient than the other branch. We took the tamarack snow park road in just above shaver lake. The wilderness was established in 1984 of 30,000 acres. Bass Lake Ranger District 57003 Road 225 North Fork, CA 93643 559-877-2218 Sierra National Forest Headquarters 1600 Tollhouse Road Clovis, CA 93611 559-297-0706 If you are not used to hiking this high up, just remember to drink plenty of water while you're up there so you don't get altitude sickness! They’re all gorgeous as far as I’m concerned! We did not read the description of the roads on the app before going; silly us! Simply put, the Dinkey Lakes loop is a Sierra masterpiece, especially in July when the wildflowers are at their best. We first stayed at First Dinkey Lake and then at Mystery Lake the second night. Turn east on Dinkey Creek Road. You will not regret it, especially this time of year. 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. We did a day trip. 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. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness lies on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada southeast of Huntington Lake and northwest of Courtright Reservoir. Contact Information. Continue 12.5 miles then turn right on McKinley Grove Road. Wilderness permits are required for overnight use but not day-use. Got stuck in my large 4x4 truck on one of the snow patches. Do yourself a favor and take the loop counterclockwise for a much less steep climb. Or at least, the bridge is blocked with boulders. Folks do the Dinkey Lakes Willow Mdws trailhead with passenger cars frequently, but this does risk vehicular damage. bridge closed, Loved this short/easy hike with a great view. Note the swamp lake road from dinkey creek is closed at the cow creek bridge, about five miles short of the trail head, use the foster ridge road. Offices. Turn onto that road and dodge the potholes along the way. Only saw a few other hikers. I ended up on the brewer lake ohv road which was pretty gnarly. It is approximately 3.5 miles in and climbs about 700 feet. Love love the serenity of the trail and the lakes. My go too every year. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The Dinkey Lakes trail is 11.3 miles long. Sam, I still think you have my hitch though. Mosquitoes weren't an issue first week of October. Trail is well marked. This has been one of my favorite loops to do for years! The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area located 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Fresno, in the state of California, USA. 9 friends. There are several lakes in this region with First and Second Dinkey Lake being only two of them. Did this in the Oct of 2019. It was a hot hike, in the low 80’s and zero bugs. All Reviews. No one was there! Short video review of our hike: Trails were easy to follow and fairly well marked. We brought mini spikes but we did not need them. We added 12 miles to the hike! The trail was well marked conditions were pretty good with a few stream crossings and a few muddy areas, but nothing that you have to prepare for. Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners It IS doable but be prepared. Go up Dinkey Creek Road about 10 miles until you get to a road sign that says Dinkey Lakes Trailhead to the left (its also the road for Bald Mountain and a few other trails). Road conditions get worse the farther you go. As indicated, the bridge is out. So after pitching my tent and taking out all excess weight from my backpack I was ready to hike the Dinkey Loop Trail. The first Dinkey Lake is the best for fishing. Please contact Sierra National Forest to get information on this detour. If you’re a good fisherman, try for the grand slam: Catch a fish out of all four lakes! The snow should be melting soon. The Dinkey Lakes are located in the Dinkey Wilderness in the Sierra National Forest east of Shaver Lake. As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. DINKEY LAKES WILDERNESS Location From Clovis: Take highway 168 toward Shaver Lake. Lots of mosquitoes (common here). Buried the soles of my shoes as this was their last hike and duct tape was holding them together. I hope the forestry service gets that bridge fixed. Trail was maintained; a little tricky in some areas full of boulders. A wilderness permit is required and can be picked up at the Ranger Station in Prather. Although, I did have a long sleeve and long hiking pants for protection. Paved Dinkey Creek Road leads out to the Trails … Plenty of shade for the dog throughout the hike. Access the trailheads on the north side of Dinkey Creek Road, a paved route which connects Shaver Lake to the Sequoia McKinley Grove and then on to Wishon and Courtright. Travel 3 miles past Trapper Springs Campground to the trailhead. Last hiked in 2014. Virtual Tour of Dinkey Lakes Trail. Sixteen sizable lakes and dozens of smaller ones are this wildernesses highlights. 4WD with some ground clearance is recommended. Once you get into the higher elevations the mosquitoes thin out, but there are still enough to bite and annoy. I posted a photo of the road map to the trailhead given to us by the forest service. If fishing is your game, spend a good chunk of time there. The Dinkey Lakes Loop is a favorite hike, as it visits four high Sierra lakes in a fairly easy seven mile trip. Bass Lake Ranger District Directions: The drive takes 3-4 hours from Bakersfield. Date: August 1, 2018 Place: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Prather, California Coordinates: 37.154401, -119.057428 Length: 4.5 miles Level: strenuous It was already afternoon when I arrived at the First Dinkey Lake and found a suitable campsite, but way to early to call it a day. Some people we talked to said they had the best luck fishing at First Dinkey but the mosquitoes were the worst over there. Lots of stream crossings with no water in them. Great trek overall. Couldn’t believe about 30 trucks and suvs made the drive. road to trail head does require high clearance vehicle. It begins at Dinkey Lakes Trailhead At Willlow Medow and ends at Cliff Lake Trailhead. PLEASE NOTE: just because it is 100° in the central valley does NOT mean there is no snow in the mountains. Road to trail head wasn't a problem for my stock 4wheel drive truck but I wouldn't recommend a car. Wilderness permits are required year-round for all overnight trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' wilderness. lots of mosquitoes. Some trails are not well marked, but you can still navigate your way to which lake you want to go with GPS. First things first, take the 168 passed Shaver Lake to Tamarack Snow Park and follow the signs to Dinkey Lakes. We tried to hike the remaining 4+ miles to the trail head. Went over 4th of July weekend. The road from Tamarack is pretty well marked and fairly easy driving. My stock Tacoma 4x4 handled it well, but all the boulders on the road were jarring. In any case a 4wd with high clearance will be needed to make it to the trailhead. The trout were rising like crazy at about 9:30, but we continued on to Second Dinkey Lake, and then took the more rustic trail up to Island Lake. Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Shaver Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. California Relay Service 711, Forest Service Home | USDA.gov | recreation.gov | Recreation Customer Service Standards | USA.gov | Whitehouse.gov, Plug-Ins | FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Important Notices | Information Quality, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sierra/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=45958&actid=51, Forest Order No. Will definitely plan future trips out here. North Fork, CA 93643, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, (559) 877-2218 ex.0, High Sierra Ranger District Rock Creek Road #9S10 becomes dirt and leads up to the Dinkey Lakes hiking trails. Tom Harrison Trail Map: Dinkey Lake Wilderness , part of Sierra National Forest – Central Sierra California. Talked to the ranger beforehand, I recommend splurging” for the fishing permit! road to trail head does require high clearance vehicle. grrrr. Prather, CA 93651, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, (559) 855-5355 ex.0, Hearing Impaired There was one water crossing that we had to wade through. Road in was a bit rough, but no problem with a small truck. The rangers left a map for us with the permit that got us there pretty easily. I took my 7 year old son up for two nights the last weekend in June. Road was fine all the way back until after the logging landing. 24 reviews Parks ... Dinkey Creek Road and Trails End, Dinkey Creek, CA. Long drive to access and glad we had 4x4 in a couple of sections. “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. Others were could walk across logs and rocks. 1600 Tollhouse Road 80s during the day, 40s at night. Took the tamarack snow park road in. as of 9/13 this area is a high risk. 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). Prior to getting our Pathfinder in '92 I made multiple trips driving either a '79 Corolla or a '87 Celica; the latter really didn't have much clearance at all. tons of peaks to explore, we camped at island lake and spent a day peaking the 3 sisters and doing some exploration of the dinkey lakes wilderness. Overall great hike and I can’t wait to go back this year! great trail highly recommend!! It lies immediately west of the John Muir Wilderness and consists of timbered rolling terrain. lots of mosquitoes. Otherwise this trail is great and hardly anyone there! There were many trees down on the road. The elevation at the lake is 9,254 feet and is heavily populated with campers, especially on the north shore. Thanks Sam and Mike. 57003 Road 225 10-miles of off-roads to trailhead… If you’re contemplating on hiking Dinkey Lakes; just DO IT! 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. Dinkey Lakes was an absolutely beautiful trail. This time of year is pretty dry but all four lakes have plenty of water. Moderate uphill hike (with nice views) for those 5 miles so come prepared. Temp got down to 29° but with no wind I kept toasty. The Forestry service dropped boulders in front of it to block traffic. Took this trail on May 29 - 31. So I recommended we go to First Dinkey Lake since it is a pretty short and easy hike. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area located 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Fresno, in the state of California, USA. There is a public horseback riding stable available. This route involves taking the Tamarack Ridge turn off of 168. Seeing four lakes on one loop is really nice. No problem with critters, we used the counter balance method for food. According to users, there is a driving route that bypasses this bridge, and takes the hiker to the trailhead. TTY: (559) 322-0425 Caught a bunch of brook trout! Dinkey Lakes Wilderness The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness was protected by Congress in 1984 with the passage of the California Wilderness Act. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Zumwalt Meadows Loop Trail 1.3 mi 2.0 km • 104' Up 31.7 m Up • 123' Down 37.52 m Down. Mammoth…, CA. 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). We attempted (and succeeded) at venturing x/c from the Three Sisters back to Cliff. When you come up to the original road (from Dinkey Creek Road) it gets tougher, but my friend made it in her Subaru without a problem. Fishing was great, caught plenty of Brooks and a couple Goldens. Most of the wilderness is above 8000 feet elevation. After that the road is crazy. I would love to return but probably wont until the bridge is repaired to allow easier access to the trailhead. My Fitbit calculated 8.88 miles and 1360 elevation gain. Took the clockwise route and glad I did. Lastly, There were more Highway Patrol, Forestry Service, Rangers, and Game wardens on the hill than I have ever seen. 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