Lake Margaret Trail is a 5 mile trail (RT) located near Kirkwood, California. The trail is primarily used for hiking. It also is a nice place for an easy overnight backpack trip. The Lake is a great place for an afternoon swim and picnic. Fishing is no good, beavers are in the area.
Trail is marked very marked. There is one area across the granite which you have to follow the ducked trail markers. You hop across Caples Creek within a 1/2 mile. When you get to, what looks to be a junction, head to your right. When you get near the lake, find the easiest way across the washout then head left looking for the trail that you will scramble up the rock, that will be on your right, to get you into the lake basin.
If you are coming from the west side of the Sierra Nevada's find your way to Jackson, California and head east on Hwy 88. If you are coming from the east find Minden, Nevada and head west on Hwy 88.
West - East, Trailhead & parking lot is located 3/4 mile east of Kirkwood Ski Resort on the north side of Hwy 88, 1/4 mile past the Kirkwood gas station/cafe. It will be on the left. If you reach the Caples Lake Dam parking lot on your right, you have gone 1/4 mile too far.
East - West, Hwy 88, go over Carson Pass, look for the parking lot sign 1/4 mile past the Caples Lake Dam parking lot on your right.
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