At 7,000 feet in elevation, Wright's Lake is situated in the timber belt close to the lake shore and looks up at the majestic rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Desolation Wilderness. The area is well-known for its hiking, wildflowers, and bird life. In a normal snow year, the season generally runs from early July to mid-October. Wright was an early homesteader and farmer in the 1850s, and you can see the faint remnants of his site at the lake.
Other opportunities in the area are amphitheater programs, mountain biking, horse camping, four-wheel driving on Barrett Lake Jeep trail (late July), and fishing. Wilderness permits are required for both day hiking (available at the trailhead) and overnight (available at Pacific Ranger Station).There are two ways to access Wright's Lake, Rockbound and Twin Lakes Trailheads. From Highway 50 approximately four miles east of Kyburz, turn left on the Wrights Lake Road and continue north for eight miles to the Wright's Lake Campground. At the campground take the left fork for the Rockbound Trailhead Parking area and the right fork for the Twin Lakes Parking Area. The second way is from Highway 50 approximately ten miles east of Pollock Pines; turn left on Ice House Road. Continue north for eleven miles and turn right on the Ice House/Wright's Lake Tie Road. Follow this road for approximately eight miles and turn left on the Wright's Lake Road. The campground will be two miles north of this junction.