Green Creek Trail

Green Creek Trail, in the Toiyabe National Forest, is a relatively short and beautiful hike to Green Lake and further on to East Lake. Both lakes are large and surrounded by dramatic peaks. The moderate hike to East Lake is about 8 miles round trip and gains about 1400 feet in elevation.

From Bridgeport, drive south for about 8 miles and take the Green Creek Rd. exit. Follow the dirt road and signs to the Green Creek Trail-head.

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Latitude: 38.10596 Longitude: -119.2821693 Elevation: 8077 ft
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Alicia Vennos

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Trail Distance

8 miles, round trip


July/August, 2012: this hike is beautiful, but can be brutal for those of us over 60 and not in good shape, especially in the sun exposed areas where the sun beats you down. Got to East Lake, set camp and recuperated from the almost constant uphill trek. Few bugs and great views make the experience worthwhile. Get in shape before trying this or you will spend your entire time recuperating!

Dan Nordberg, 8/3/2012

Great trail to a beautiful area. It’s real wet right now with muddy areas and swollen stream crossings. Like Dan said, it is uphill nearly all the way. I passed a group of men that meet Dan's description, they were resting in a sunny spot along a switchback area. They were suffering a bit! Be in moderate shape, this isn't that brutal, but it is quite a hike! Get outside and enjoy!

Fran, 6/7/2013

Just hiked Green Creek Lake for the first time. The area is stunning. The hike is mostly uphill into the lake, but so worth the trip. Take a good mosquito spray as there is a lot of water along the trail. The stream was running fast and full and made for very picturesque backdrops for photos. The snow on the peaks was beautiful and made the lake very cold. Enjoy the trip.

Rick H, 6/7/2016

East Lake(name) doesn't do justice to one of the most beautiful gems in the Sierra. Take a picnic lunch in Sept or Oct ...unspoiled by drive in tourists. Be in decent condition and start early. For strong mountain trekkers, one can continue on to Summit Lake, another beauty. Truly God's country.

Andy C, 10/8/16, 10/25/2016

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