“This trail crosses the Crystal Range over Rockbound Pass, connecting Wrights Lake to the Rubicon Trail.”
— Justin Johnsen
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.
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.