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Rockbound Trail (16E08)

 4.5 (2)

Length


7.7 Miles 12.4 Kilometers


1,728' 527 m

Ascent

-1,225' -374 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

8,518' 2,596 m

High

6,967' 2,124 m

Low

Shared By Justin Johnsen

Conditions


All Clear 37 days ago
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This trail crosses the Crystal Range over Rockbound Pass, connecting Wrights Lake to the Rubicon Trail.

Justin Johnsen

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked

All but the start of the trail is in the Desolation Wilderness. Sign in is required for day use, and permits are always required to camp overnight here. Brush up on current wilderness rules before entering.

Description

From the Rockbound Trailhead parking lot next to Wrights Lake, the trail winds through a forest, passing Beauty Lake early on. The shade disperses gradually as it also passes junctions with several other trails: Beauty Lake, Twin Lakes Tie, Old Corral Loop, Tyler, and Red Peak. As alpine granite comes into view, the trail enters its sustained steepest section up to Maude Lake, sometimes with the aid of engineered steps, then onto its highest elevation at Rockbound Pass (having climbed over 1,500 vertical feet and 6 1/2 miles from the trailhead. This is a fine place to refuel, rest, and enjoy the views all around.

From the pass, the trail passes a junction with Blakely Trail (a short distance north along which is Lois Lake). The final section winds downhill into the woods a short distance, before ending in a T-intersection with the famous Rubicon Trail, deep in the heart of the Desolation Wilderness.

Flora & Fauna

High Sierra conifer forests, meadows, alpine talus fields with marmots and pikas, and other cool mountain wildlife can all be found along this trail.

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Jun 30, 2018
Teri Ricks
15mi
Jun 9, 2018
Chris Suter
From Wrights Lake to Maude Lake. 9.5mi

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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