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Trip Date:  09/05/2011

: 5.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 500'

Group Size: 12
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate  Hard    Strenuous
Lake Margaret Hike
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Lake Margaret Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 42.240, W 120 04.174     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No
Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the signed Lake Margaret trailhead on the north side of the highway just to the west of Caples Lake.  
Hazards of Note:   Weather in this area can change quickly so be prepared for various temperatures and rain.

Crowd Factor:   High.  This is a popular, easy hike that is considered a 'standard' hike for this area of the Sierras.
General Notes:
From the parking area head along the trail for just over two miles to the lake.   There are a number of stream crossings along the way, but there are logs, rocks and other easy ways to navigate across all of them.  At the lake, there are many pleasant locations to enjoy the visit, and there is also a large, flat, angled slab of granite on the south side of the lake which provides a great overall view of the lake.

Group on the start of the hike. Group on the trail

The rocky trail to the lake. Rocky trail to the lake

Sierra and Skyelin above the trail. Sierra and Skye

Sierra's island on the lake. Sierra on the lake

The group stopped at the lake for lunch.
Group having lunch

Looking down at the group from an overlook high above. Group from overlook high above

View of Lake Margaret from high above. High above Margaret

Castle Point from high above Lake Margaret.
Castle Point

The girls across the lake. Girls across the lake

Annie crossing Caples Creek on the way back. Annie headed back

GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike