Williams Lake

based on 73 tracks & routes #2 hike out of 10 in
1.9 mi
52 min
976 ft
Elev Gain


This is a easy one way trail to Williams Lake in Carson National Forest. The 1,000 ft elevation climb over two miles might be a challenge to someone in poor health, and the rocky trail might be a challenge to anyone with balance issues.

This trail goes by Twining Campground.

You'll hike through healthy forests past rocky crops.

The lake is small in a picturesque setting. It's surrounded by rocks. It's a great place for a picnic and rock skipping.

Getting Started

Currently (October of 2018) the "hikers' parking lot" is very well marked. There is a lot of construction going on, and compared to even recent maps, the roads and parking lots aren't correct. Follow maps towards the Phoenix Grill, and then follow signs for the hikers parking lot and Williams Lake.

Taking Children

This is a great hike for young kids. The trail surface might make for slow progress as you walk over rocks and exposed roots. It's a gradual climb all the way to the lake. The lake makes a great reward.

Sights to See

    Rate this Hike

    jnyrop 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Lots of snow from the recent storm - snow shoes or skis are required. Snow depth near Williams Lake was between 2-3 feet. Four wheel drive is required in the winter to get to the trail head.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    aschmalzer 8 months ago
    Easy- except for the Texans coming up the trail asking about why there was no escalator.
    ★ ★ ★ ★

Public Tracks

leppert0 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Greg M 7 months, 4 weeks ago
aschmalzer 8 months, 1 week ago
Bethany Hileman 1 year ago
mbchadwick 2 years, 5 months ago
Jeff Rocchio 2 years, 11 months ago
juliemaizels 3 years, 9 months ago
David Barger 4 years, 6 months ago