Take a Hike from Wright's Lake to Grouse Lake
Location: Near Kyburz. Google “Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake.”
Distance: Four miles out and back.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate/difficult. Moderately trafficked. 1,210 feet elevation gain.
Know Before You Go: Check with the Eldorado National Forest before going to ensure the trail is open (916-500-4712). Lots of mosquitos. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
Fuel Up: Check out Sweetie Pie’s in Placerville (577 Main Street) for a quick but delicious breakfast before heading out; post-hike, try Wally’s Pizza Bar (4079 Cameron Park Drive) in Cameron Park for eclectic pies in a casual setting.
Why We Love It: Beautiful lakes and abundant waterfalls. Perfect for overnight camping and stargazing.
Trail Notes: Bring bug spray, plenty of water, and consider a water filter. There is cell coverage in Desolation Wilderness, but go with phones fully charged in case of emergency. Practice “leave no trace” ethics; if you pack it in, pack it out. Respect signs.
For more information, visit alltrails.com/trail/us/california/wrights-lake-to-grouse-lake.
By Ryan Martinez
Title photo by Dan Pena, @danpena