7887 Highway 50
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
- 8000 feet
- Year round
Several dispersed campsites exist, with generally very limited camping. To preserve the wilderness condition, either camp in obviously already used sites, or camp 100 feet from the lakeside. Please limit group sizes in order to preserve the solitude and wilderness experiences for all (maximum size is 12 people). Open campfires are not allowed.
Hike in only. Gertrude Lake is in Desolation Wilderness. No motorized, mechanized, or wheeled equipment are allowed in the Wilderness including bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, or motorboats.
This lake is reached by parking at the Rockbound or Twin Lakes parking area near Wrights Lake and hiking the Tyler Lake Trail. The 4.2 mile hike to Gertrude Lake is considered moderate to difficult.
From Kyburz on Highway 50 go 5 miles east to Wrights Lake Road. Turn left (north), and go 8 miles to the campgound.