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Duck Lake

A small lake just within the boundary of the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Duck Lake is a gentle and accessible walk. The trail begins at the Silver Valley Trailhead (turn left on the road located at Lake Alpines eastern end, just beyond the Chickaree Day Use Area). Early in the season the meadow and portion of the trail that flank the lake becomes wet, muddy and generally brimming with mosquitos. Flowers dot the meadow in spring and the changing leaves of an aspen grove provide autumn color on this pleasant walk.

  • Trailhead Location: Silver Valley Trailhead
  • GPS Coordinates: 38.475262300 -119.977526700
  • Distance Roundtrip: 2.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking Season: Early Summer and Fall
  • Features: Alpine Lake, Kid-Friendly, Alpine Meadow, Wild Flowers, Dog-Friendly
  • Services Available: Camping
  • USGS Topo Map 7.5': Spicer Meadow Reservoir
  • USGS Topo Map PDF:

Linger Longer:

Pack a picnic or set up camp! Chickaree Picnic Ground is located on the east shore of Lake Alpine, featuring tables, grills, flush toilets, and piped water. Silver Valley Campground sits in a timbered setting on the shores of Lake Alpine at 7,400 feet. It is located on the east end of Lake Alpine near Pine Marten Campground and has 21 campsites available.