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Twin Lakes

Shaver Lake, CA

Twin Lakes is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Huntington Lake, California that features two lakes (Lower and Upper Twin Lakes) and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

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George Lake
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

The parking lot for the easier potter pass trail is about 5 miles up Kaiser pass road, it will be the first paved parking lot with bathrooms. The Potter Pass Trailhead is on the other side of Kaiser Pass Rd and you immediately start a steady climb of about 1,100 ft for about 2 miles until you get to Potter Pass where you get spectacular views of the high mountain range north and a quant meadow just below you. This is a good place to take a nice break and soak it all in. At the beginning heading down from Potter Pass it is somewhat steep but just watch your footing and you'll be fine. Once you get to the bottom the trail takes you north and then bends west towards Lower Twin Lake, this whole stretch is about 1.5 miles. We left the trailhead at about 6:30 am and got to Lower Twin around 8:00 am and started fishing. The west side of this lake drops deeper faster on the west side of the lake which usually results in better fishing. We caught rainbows 8-14 inch on kastmasters and panther martins. After a couple hours we headed NW a couple hundred yds to Upper Twin Lake. After checking out the limestone outlet cave on the NE side of the lake we started fishing again at the north side of the lake on same lures and caught a few brookies and a couple rainbows 7-11 inches. The fishing was a little slower here, though it was closer to midday. After a couple hrs there we headed up to George Lake planning on checking out the caves. The caves are maybe .25 miles up the George Lake trail and were really cool. We poked our heads in and it was awesome but we saw animal droppings and didn't want to test anything that might reside in there but I have heard the caves goes all the way through to an exit! The trail to George Lake heads west uphill on the north side of the caves which we didn't know at the time so started heading EEW and didn't find the trail until about .25 miles before George Lake so we pretty much trailblazed the whole way which wasn't fun. The hike from Upper Twin to George Lake is about 1.5 miles and accending about 500 ft. Not the easiest of hikes but much worth it when you see the two granite peaks separated by a nice saddle towering over George Lake and Kaiser Peak visible over in the west corner. We hike around the Lake and only found one crummy campsite on the SW corner of the lake so we set up a camp on flat open ground with a grove and trees around you NE side of the lake. We fished that evening on panther martins and caught a few rainbows each ranging from 6-12 inches. We camped one night and headed home. I highly recommend this trip to everyone. Best fishing is May-June and Sept-Oct...Good Luck!

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Maxson Trailhead to Hobler Lake
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

I just went hunting up there and got a nice buck with some friends. Its not at Shaver lake like the site says. its actually at the Courtright reservoir above Wishon. another hour from shaver. But it is very beautiful. good camping fishing hiking hunting 4x4 and all that. Only thing is the res is very low right now. VERY. Might wanna check on that before you go.

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Dinkey Lakes Trail
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11 Completed 3 Reviews

We completed a overnight trip to Island Lake in late August. The conditions of the road and the trail were quite similar... for the most part pretty good, but where it was rough, it was really rough. We took the trail to First Dinkey Lake and then on up to Island Lake. The last little bit from the Second lake to Island lake is not maintained and pretty rugged. We made the hike in a about 2 1/2 hours. On the way back we took the southern loop past South, Swede and Mystery Lakes. We were very glad that we were going downhill as there are a couple of real good climbs if we were going the other way.

We managed to snag a very nice campsite on the northwest corner of the lake. After setting up camp we explored a little around the lake and up on the northern ridge, where there is a great view of First Dinkey and South Lakes. We didn't encounter a single mosquito, which was fortunate since my son informed me at the trailhead that he forgot the repellent. The only downside to this trip was that, due to the extremely high fire threat, no campfires were allowed. This was a real pity, because our campsite had one of the nicest fire pits that I have encountered in the back country.

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Rancheria Falls, Huntington Lake
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice short trip to see the falls, if it were not for our drought the falls would be spectacular.

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Cliff Lake Trailhead
by Nathan Schaetzel

10 Completed 1 Reviews

Went mid-August. No bugs and mid-70s heat. The trail from trail head to lake seem longer than the 2.75 miles listed here, would estimate closer to 4. Good cover along the way with some good forest views. Views at the lake are spectacular and well worth the trip. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a water filter if temps climb

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Cliff Lake Trailhead
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11 Completed 12 Reviews

did this trail as a day hike... it seems like it's longer than 5.5 miles! but trail is well maintained and the last 4 miles up to cliff lake is all up hill and plenty of loose rocks "so watch your step!" definitely made me stop for a few breathers! but cliff lake is awesome and well worth it! the overall trail was pretty difficult for me...

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Rancheria Falls, Huntington Lake
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Good first time hike

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Indian Pools
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Good first time hike

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Cliff Lake Trailhead
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

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Dinkey Lakes Trail
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

Anxious to get back to this place. The 13 miles before the trailhead is slow but we had no problems at all with a 2003 Rav4. We saw sedans at the trail head but I'm sure they scraped a few times. We took the trail to Mystery Lake at the fork being that we came to this place to catch the variety of trout. Mystery lake is only about 2 miles from the trailhead and there's about a quarter mile of switchbacks right before you get to the lake. We had no luck at Mystery Lake after a couple hours so we continued on to Swede Lake where we set up camp on the SE corner of the lake near the cliffs. After setting up camp we trailblazed to Rainbow Lake and had no luck there either but was a pretty lake. That evening we fished Swede and caught a few on Panther Martins and Rooster Tails. The next day we hiked to Island Lake which is right below Three Sisters and was absolutely gorgeous. We caught 2 pure bred golden trout on the same lures which is arguably the rarest fish in the world. On the way back to Swede Lake we stopped at South Lake where we caught some brookies that were beautiful! Also caught a hybrid rainbow/golden which come down the waterfall from Island Lake. The rumor is true!!!!!! Overall great trip other than it raining the whole hike back to the car! JUST DO IT :)

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