Swamp Lake

Swamp Lake. What an awesome trail! At just under under 13 miles of slow going rock crawling, Swamp Lake Trail, MVUM trail number 26E220, is best suited for a 2-3 day trip, but is doable in a 7 -8 hour day at an aggressive pace.

Rooster Rock, a long steep climb up a granite rock face mountain, is probably the one obstacle this trail is most known for, but this is not the most difficult section of Swamp Lake trail.

The most difficult ( and most fun ) section of Swamp Lake trail is MVUM trail number 26E221; the side trail that leads to some great camping areas at the Swamp Lake shore. A close second is the potential winch point north of the lake, where you will need to squeeze between, over and around multiple large boulders, and the need for winching is common.

Trail start coordinates

South Gate, at the intersection of 10S031 / Exchequer Meadow and 26E220 / Swamp Lake, near Laurel Creek.

37.073278, -119.101830

Trail end coordinates

North Gate, at the intersection of 09S062 / Dinkey Lakes (incorrectly labled 9S10 on google maps) and 26E220 / Swamp Lake

37.148617, -119.105519


Ham Radio Repeater Information

Radio coverage on the south half of Swamp Lake Trail is scarce. This is another remote trail, with hills blocking signal to the southwest

From high ground, with an open path to the southwest, we found these repeaters to be workable.

146.820- 141.3 / KE6JZ Shaver Lake ( best coverage )

146.790- 100 / K6JSI Meadow Lake ( Win System )