Dinkey Lakes Wilderness – Western Sierra Nevada

The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness consists of a concentrated area of lakes and granite domes that provide for a feeling similar to that of Yosemite’s Tuolumne Pass area but without all the people.  Its 30,000 acres borders the John Muir Wilderness along the Ershim Dusy Trail OHV route.  This provides a unique opportunity to get dropped off in the middle of nowhere with a viable emergency escape route or cuts down on your approach.  Parking is not allowed anywhere along the trail, but hitch hiking has been utilized by one-way hikers.  Other access is provided via the Kaiser Pass Road, Red Lake and Coyote Jeep roads, Rock Creek Road or directly from the Courtright Reservoir.  The season is limited by the elevation and snow cover for much of the year.  These roads generally become impassible by the end of October.

Large alpine meadows and views of naked granite domes next to lakes make this a worthy destination.  Great fishing, jeep trails, and scenery make this a secluded area a great weekend away.


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