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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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Brewer Lake
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Very fun! It's a good trail for wheeling. I have basically a stock Gen 1 Montero with 29.5" BFG ATs and it was pretty easy all up until "the rock pile". I attempted it but my skid plates definitely got used, too much than I was comfortable with so I just backed down, and parked right before it.

My buddy with 32" tires in a XJ was able to get over the rock pile (with some slight scraping on rear diff), and was able to complete the rest of the trail (which is not much).

95% of the trail is easy/semi-easy then you encounter "The Rock Pile" as it's known. If you are not on at least 31s this will be a very tricky obstacle. Have no qualms about taking this trail, if you are 4x4 and have a good amount of clearance underneath. The Rock Pile is at the very end of the trail, and about 1/4 mile from Brewer Lake. Fun little trail, saw other rigs built up a lot more than ours. I would definitely rate this as Moderate. Stock high-clearance SUVs/Jeeps probably would not make it over the rock pile unless you have lockers or bigger tires (the rest of the trail would be easy-peasy).

Fishing wasn't great in the middle of the day when we tried fishing. Saw a few fish jumping but none of them bit on anything.

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Rancheria Falls, Huntington Lake
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Easy and gorgeous. Water was low so the bottom of the falls was a pool to sit in or wade in. The kids with us loved it. Adults loved it. Win, win!!

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Indian Pools
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Short & sweet. Would be a nice place for lunch or to spend the day sunning. Follow China Peak's parking lot all the way to the VeRY back - trailhead is there, unmarked. Beautiful place!

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Rancheria Falls, Huntington Lake
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Nice trail, nice waterfall in May. No reason not to do this hike. Lowered car/truck might have to hike in from HWY 168.

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Maxson Trailhead to Hobler Lake
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy to follow trail. Best fishing out of a natural lake I have ever fished. Native rainbows ranging from 7-13 inches. Great camp site on east side of lake.

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Dinkey Lakes Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The road is rough but very worth the trip. The hike is easy and packed with scenery including natural waterfalls, meadows, and high peaks. The mosquito are vicious at the lakes, make sure you have repellant and use it often. In only an hour of fishing at First Dinkey Lake we caught and released numerous brook and rainbow trout, best fishing activity I've ever witnessed.

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Mount Tom Fire Lookout Trail
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

did this trail in 2 wheel drive with my family back in 2007. the view from the top is great. very dusty and watch for snakes.

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Brewer Lake
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

did this trail with my wife and kids in the jeep. there was still snow on the ground when we went. great day trip from madera. the lake is nice and has fish in it.

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Mirror / Strawberry Lakes
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

I did both in my jeep. it is modified and I had a good spotter with me. great trail and nice lakes.

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Twin Lakes
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great destination for an over night trip for beginners. After quite a bit of research, we decided on Upper Twin Lake as a destination to try out some new gear and to work out some "newby" kinks. It's a relatively short hike and not too taxing. There was still a small bit of snow on the ground. The only downside at all is that the lake was too cold to swim in. The upside of going this early is that the hike was virtually mosquito free.

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