Hiking Lake Alpine to Rock Lake, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, Stanislaus National Forest


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 09 December 2011

Hiking Lake Alpine to Rock Lake, Backpacking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest.

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, south through Silver Valley Trailhead into Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest.

We continue South through the Silver Valley-Highland Creek Trailhead.

Before clear trail South to Rock Lake we have to navigate the series of trail junctions defining the Duck Lake Loop.

Duck Lake from the West.

We can hike either way around Duck Lake. The view above is from the West. Once we decide which route, and hike around Duck Lake, we have a single trail to the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.

Crossing the boulders and passing by the big campsite on the North side of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River we begin a moderate ascent the soon enters a spooky old burned zone.

 Burned forest between North Stanislaus River and Rock Lake, Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
 In the guide I  reported the route South from the North Stanislaus River to Rock Lake as degraded, composed of bits of degraded trail, unmaintained segments, and even some of the old trail degraded into route-status. (trail definitions

These degraded conditions continue intermittently South of Rock Lake to where our trail comes to overlook Spicer Meadow Reservoir.

The trail is all good South of that point, with maybe a bit of faded conditions in Jenkins Canyon next.

Trail Guide Resources

Trail Guide Page
Hiking Lake Alpine to Rock Lake

Video and Trail Guide:
"Heavy Brush and Fallen Trees"

Topo Hiking Map
Duck Lake to Spicer Meadow Reservoir

Miles and Elevations
Lake Alpine to Saint Marys Pass

Resupply Page
Lake Alpine, Bear Valley, and Arnold

Permit Information
Stanislaus National Forest

This page was created for your input, and supplemental information about the TYT between the Silver Valley Trailhead and Rock Lake.

 The backpacker input below well updates the status of this segment of trail:

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