photo of East Lake, Hoover Wilderness, CA

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Camping at East Lake in the Hoover Wilderness

East Lake, Hoover Wilderness, CA

East Lake

Comfortable, forested campsites are found at the north end of the lake on either side of the outlet creek. Those with some spring left in their legs may want to continue along the trail to a peninsula near Nutter Lake on the south end of East Lake. Some excellent sites are located there.

On to Yosemite National Park

The trail to East Lake can serve as the first day of a longer excursion which dips into Yosemite National Park. Continuing from East Lake the trail climbs 3.8 miles past Hoover Lakes and then Summit Lake before crossing into Yosemite at the head of Virginia Canyon

Dunderberg Peak, Hoover Wilderness, CA

Dunderberg Peak, 12,374'

Explore the Area

West Lake is 2.3 miles from East Lake, Descend about 500 feet to Green Lake and then climb 1000 feet to West Lake. Fish for rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Experienced cross country hikers could follow the trail from Summit Lake into Yosemite's Virginia Canyon and then swing north and cross Virginia Pass which leads to Glines Canyon and down to Green Lake, making a 5-mile loop.

Peak Bagging

For experienced mountaineers, Dunderberg, Gabbro, Page, and Epidote peaks all have Class 2 routes. Read details in R. J. Secor's The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails.