Swamp Lake

Total Miles
14.4

Elevation

2,919.08 ft

Duration

7 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Contrary to what its name implies, Swamp Lake Trail is a high-elevation mountain route climbing over 9,500 feet at one point. Although much of the trail is heavily forested, the scenery is very impressive from high vistas along the route. You pass several excellent fishing lakes, although some require short hikes. The trail can be driven in a day but most people stop and camp along the way. A real challenge for green-sticker vehicles.

Photos of Swamp Lake

Swamp Lake
Swamp Lake
Swamp Lake

Difficulty

Difficult. Large, challenging boulders and steep climbs. Muddy in places. Snow possible in early summer. Recommend modified vehicles with high ground clearance and differential lockers. For experienced drivers only. Don't go alone.

Technical Rating

7

Status Reports

Samuel Friesen
Sep 02, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
James Garcia
Aug 31, 2023
4x4
Open
James Garcia
Aug 13, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed

Access Description

From Highway 168 in Shaver Lake, take Dinkey Creek Road east 11.8 miles and turn right on McKinley Grove Road just before Dinkey Creek. Go 2.3 miles and turn left on Big Fir Road 10S13 at sign for Swamp Lake and Hatch Lake. Go another 3.0 miles and turn left at wide intersection on 10S66. Bear left again after another 1.2 miles on 10S31. You'll see gate for 'Swamp Route' on right in another 0.8 miles.

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