|One of Silver Lake's islands; have you been anyplace more idyllic? I imagined meeting Tom Sawyer wading out to the boat.|
|Pastures a few miles from Silver Lake. Horses grazed as lazily as the clouds that floated overhead.|
We camped near Treasure Island without a campfire ring, off the trail. Bears are common so we did hang our supplies in nearby trees. The campgrounds have nice large metal "bear proof" storages in each site. For reserving sites, I liked the ones along the creek which have a pleasant sound, and I avoided pond-side sites. Mosquitoes like those sites! There are sites for two vehicles parked side by side, for an extra fee.
Take Highway 50E towards Lake Tahoe.
Take the Sly Park Exit.
Turn left on NF-5 Northern Emigrant Trail. Drive 24.6 miles.
Turn left on CA88.
Follow the signs to either Plasse Resort or to Silver Lake Campground for a great basecamp. We chose the campground to the north of the lake, but there is another one across CA88 also.
This takes about 2 hours from Sacramento.
Silver Lake Campground
We drove through the cabin "neighborhood" along the west side of the lake to the road's end where there was ample free parking at the trailhead. We started our hike by passing the green gate (locked) and following the old road for a short distance where we broke away from the road then walked through the old girls camp.
ASAP I will post our map and GPS tracks for you.
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