The hike to Tamarack Lakes provides an opportunity to get off the beaten path in the popular Rock Creek drainage. The trail traverses a series of low ridges along the south side of a broad valley before climbing the East Fork of Rock Creek to a stark lakes basin in a rugged cirque.
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Why Hike Tamarack Lakes
Tamarack Lake (11,605-ft.) lies in a stark, barren basin framed by a cirque of serrated granite peaks and craggy ridges anchored by Broken Finger Peak (13,080-ft.). To reach the basin the trail climbs above the eastern shore of Rock Creek Lake, travels up a broad valley with access to a trio of lakes and then steeply ascends the scenic East Fork of Rock Creek valley to a high granite bench situated at the head of the Wheeler Ridge.
While not the most scenic trail in the Rock Creek valley it is certainly is the least traveled, offering a degree of solitude not found along the Little Lakes or Mono Pass trails. So if you are looking to get away from the crowds and get a good workout, lace up your boots and take a hike to the Tamarack Lakes.
California's Southeastern Sierra
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