Lake Alpine - California Hiking Trails
crystal clear lakes and streams to spectacular vistas,
nature's wonder awaits hikers and outdoor lovers at
Lake Alpine. Stanislaus National Forest hiking trails
can range from short, easy day hikes to the more difficult
The hike to Inspiration Point is a favorite way to
stretch the legs. The wildflowers are beautiful and
the scenery is fantastic! The fall colors are wonderful
when the aspen trees turn to gold. California hiking
trails offer amble opportunities for photography,
exploring, bird watching, and wildlife viewing.
Trail maps for this area are found on Emigrant Wilderness
topographic map, or Carson-Iceberg Wilderness topographic
map, available at most US Forest Offices.
be prepared for trail conditions that vary from well
maintained to un-maintained. Whether your hiking trip
will last an hour or an entire day, wear comfortable
walking shoes appropriate for the season. Carry water
and a good map of the area.
Please be aware of your impact on the natural environment
and practice no-trace hiking and camping techniques
at all times. Please pack out any trash you may have
so others may enjoy a completely natural outdoor experience.
If you travel in the spring, be careful when walking
near streams. Snow runoff can increase water depth
and swiftness and decrease water temperature to dangerous
levels. Stay away from stream banks at this time and
resist the temptation to swim or wade.
Backpacking: The wilderness offers
some excellent backpacking opportunities. A wilderness
permit is needed for overnight camping and are offered
free of charge at all Stanilaus
National Forest offices.
Rock Climbing: There are many granite
outcrops and boulder fields offering unlimited rock
Stargazing: On a clear night the
skies are an astronomers dream; filled with the brightest
stars lighting up the western skies. Bring your telescope
and feast on the constellations, galaxies, moon, planets
and multitude of stars. Lake Alpine is about as close
to heaven as you can get!
Don't Drink the Water
Lakes and streams can be contaminated even though
they look and taste pure. The surest method of treatment
to make water safe is to boil it for five minutes.
Other methods are filtering and/or using chemical
disinfectants such as iodine or chlorine tablets or
drops. A filter with a pore size less than 0.5 micron
can remove most harmful bacteria and protozoa including
giardia. Chemical disinfectants such as iodine or
chlorine tablets or drops are not considered as reliable
as heat in killing giardia, although these products
work well against most waterborne disease-causing
bacteria. For increased safety, treat filtered water
with chemical disinfectants.