Summary: The trail is flat between the Grover Hot Springs trailhead and the Burnside Lake trailhead. Don't let this fool you! Make sure you bring plenty of water, as you'll need it. Both the Burnside Trail and the Hawkins Peak jeep trail are uphill the whole way. Don't let this dissuade you, however, because the views are gorgeous. As you climb, you'll see views of the valley below and the many over 10k peaks on the way. Bring something to swim in, because you'll want to take a dip in Burnside Lake. Unfortunately the lake is accessible by a dirt road, so you might run across a few car campers. That's ok though, because you can visit with them while you rest up for the final summit of Hawkins Peak, which is 10,024 feet up. Be prepared for a Class II ascent; you'll need your hands here in addition to your feet. At the top, you'll be able to soak in the breeze and take in the panoramic views. Make sure to have your picture taken with L.L. Hawkins' inscription from 1869!
Trailhead: From Lake Tahoe, drive about 35 minutes south on Highway 89 to Markleeville. Turn right at Hot Springs Road and drive 4 miles to end of road where the trailhead is located. Park at swimming pool parking area, but remember the parking lot closes at 8pm. You can park in the lot by the bathrooms at the ranger kiosk, but that will add to the hike distance. (Lat:38.69616 Lon:-119.84468)
Trail Guides for Grover Hot Springs to Hawkins Peak:
Best Seasons: Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Grover Hot Springs State Park, PO Box 368, Bridgeport, CA 93517, 530-694-2248
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Greg Chance, who has posted 8 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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