Jackass Lakes Hike

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4.5h
Distance
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9.7 km
Elevation
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508 m
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There is nothing better than an alpine adventure, right? Well, the Jackass Lakes Hike is a great way to explore the high country—boasting scenes of the mixed conifer forests, granite gardens, a crystalline lake, and distant views of the rolling mountains.

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Route Description for Jackass Lakes Hike

Immerse yourself in the alpine environment and revel in the beauty of the granite terrain. Explore the mixed forestlands, granite gardens, and the shimmering alpine lake bounded by bluffs. Incredibly picturesque, this trek is no walk in the park. The initial segment of the hike is the steepest and most technical section, but don’t let that discourage you; the scenes are well worth the sweat! Additionally, the route to the trailhead is rough and rugged, so a vehicle with 4-wheel drive and high ground clearance is recommended.

Setting out from the trailhead, the Jackass Lakes Hike follows the Jackass Lakes Trail west. Shortly after, the path will divert you northwest up a set of switchbacks. Then, the route will curve north as you begin to climb further into the wild, weaving you through the sparse shade of mixed conifers and granite outcrops. Continue hiking, and the trail will ultimately deliver you to Lower Jackass Lake.

Revel in the blue hue of the water and dip your tired feet in the chilly alpine waters. If you still have some gas left in the tank, continue trekking along the path up to Middle Jackasss Lake. Admire the views of the mountainous landscape, and when you are ready, retrace your footing along the route back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Jackass Lakes Hike Trailhead

The trailhead is located off Beasore Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Lower Jackass Lake Campground

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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