After that the road is crazy. Dinkey Lakes Wilderness This is one of several trailheads leading in to the Sierra National Forest "Dinkey Lakes Wilderness." Road in was a bit rough, but no problem with a small truck. According to users, there is a driving route that bypasses this bridge, and takes the hiker to the trailhead. After awhile you will come to another fork in the road. My Fitbit calculated 8.88 miles and 1360 elevation gain. First Dinkey has the largest grassy wetlands of any of the lakes, but a afternoon breeze let us stop for a quick lunch without many mosquitos. Great, easy hike. The lowest it got was just above freezing. There are still patches of snow up to 5 feet deep in some areas. Otherwise this trail is great and hardly anyone there! The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Backpacking Seeing four lakes on one loop is really nice. Dinkey Lakes Wilderness The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness was protected by Congress in 1984 with the passage of the California Wilderness Act. Follow the sign for Dinkey Lakes trailhead (turn right). I posted a photo of the road map to the trailhead given to us by the forest service. 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. 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 I didn't see them hassling too many people but there were a lot of them. We ventured from camp at Cliff Lake to do this. SoCal to Fresno to Dinkey Lakes. Wind and colder weather moved in the second day, highs in 60s then 50s, which mostly took care of the mosquito problem. We took the tamarack snow park road in just above shaver lake. No one was there! Dinkey Lakes Wilderness consists of 16 lakes and numerous streams with Rainbows and Brookies. Just did this loop with a spur to Island lake. Come along to the Sierra National Forest and see four lakes in one hike! We attempted (and succeeded) at venturing x/c from the Three Sisters back to Cliff. The lakes were very picturesque. If you’re a good fisherman, try for the grand slam: Catch a fish out of all four lakes! Would not recommend for anything without decent ground clearance. Road was fine all the way back until after the logging landing. See park page for more information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7191/ The incline to the first and second Dinkey Lake can be a little challenging at 10,000ft. Enjoy responsibly. If you are not absolutely sure your vehicle and your plan B can get you through a snow bank DON'T DRIVE THROUGH IT. The rangers left a map for us with the permit that got us there pretty easily. A wilderness permit is required and can be picked up at the Ranger Station in Prather. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, (559) 297-0706. There is some large patches of snow in shady areas. As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. 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. South lake was our favorite, but sweed is very pretty. Rainbow trout and brookies were everywhere and biting like crazy. PLEASE NOTE: just because it is 100° in the central valley does NOT mean there is no snow in the mountains. You cannot depend on other people on the mountain having recovery gear to bail you out. There were many trees down on the road. 80s during the day, 40s at night. Alternatively, hikers can park at the bridge, and walk to the trailhead, adding significant miles to the hike. They’re all gorgeous as far as I’m concerned! Did this in the Oct of 2019. Tom Harrison Trail Map: Dinkey Lake Wilderness , part of Sierra National Forest – Central Sierra California. We stayed at Mystery lake at a nice spot on the south side. There are several lakes in this region with First and Second Dinkey Lake being only two of them. Dinkey Lakes was an absolutely beautiful trail. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area located 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Fresno, in the state of California, USA. Never got bit, and didn’t even wear a net around my hat. We added 12 miles to the hike! Great hike, beautiful lakes for swimming and dog splashing, and no bugs! I hike every other weekend during the hiking season and I’d rate this trail about a 6 maybe borderline 7 out of 10. Not many people overall. Trail Description. 10-miles of off-roads to trailhead… 9 friends. Please contact Sierra National Forest to get information on this detour. But, after the second lake, there is nothing but decline to the last 2 lakes! Trails were easy to follow and fairly well marked. We went for a day hike mid week and saw a handful of backpacking groups, but that was it. We tried to hike the remaining 4+ miles to the trail head. We first stayed at First Dinkey Lake and then at Mystery Lake the second night. Turn east on Dinkey Creek Road. DINKEY LAKES WILDERNESS Location From Clovis: Take highway 168 toward Shaver Lake. Second Dinkey Lake and Dogtooth Peak The least attractive of the Dinkey Lakes I have seen, nevertheless, it has a good view of Dogtooth Peak. Users have reported that the road to the trailhead can be difficult for 2WD vehicles. We did not read the description of the roads on the app before going; silly us! Some trails are not well marked, but you can still navigate your way to which lake you want to go with GPS. You will need a high clearance vehicle to drive all the way to the trailhead. Once you get into the higher elevations the mosquitoes thin out, but there are still enough to bite and annoy. We headed up towards First Dinkey Lake which has a more continuous gradient than the other branch. Plenty of shade for the dog throughout the hike. Less than a mile is the gate and turn-off to the Dinkey Lakes Trailhead. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 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 hike was beautiful and there are tons of mosquitoes, so dress appropriately and bring bug spray. TONS OF MOSQUITOES!!! As indicated, the bridge is out. The wilderness was established in 1984 of 30,000 acres. Did this loop on the 15th. This has been one of my favorite loops to do for years! the road is closed 8/30 for the last 6 miles of road. Offices. 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! 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. Overall great hike and I can’t wait to go back this year! We brought mini spikes but we did not need them. Explore the offshoot roads and discover wild canyonlands and sierra valleys full of majesty, waterfalls, and utter solitude. Some of the trail is wet with water from snow melt. There is a public horseback riding stable available. 05-15-00-20-22 Sierra-Creek- Closure. 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. Continue 12.5 miles then turn right on McKinley Grove Road. “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. The bridge may have separated from the road. Contact Information. Storm clouds had us retreat and we had to wayfind to get back. 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]. TTY: (559) 322-0425 Other than that - roads are opening up slowly in the area. Caught some small Brookies in South but none in Swede or Mystery. The road is a constant incline and wouldn't have been bad if it wasn't for the constant large patches of snow covering the road. 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. Virtual Tour of Dinkey Lakes Trail. So after pitching my tent and taking out all excess weight from my backpack I was ready to hike the Dinkey Loop Trail. Talked to the ranger beforehand, I recommend splurging” for the fishing permit! It’s deep that’s for sure. Got stuck in my large 4x4 truck on one of the snow patches. We don’t fish, so for scenery sake, first Dinkey is the least pretty of the four lakes. The trail also leads to another 4 lakes in that area, but our destination was the First Dinkey Lake. If you’re contemplating on hiking Dinkey Lakes; just DO IT! This route involves taking the Tamarack Ridge turn off of 168. Went over 4th of July weekend. great trail highly recommend!! 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