Thursday, July 7, 2016 / by Sasha Spiegel
Meet at the 5 Lakes Trail Head near the west end of Alpine Meadows road . The trail has many switch backs towards the Five Lakes plateau and up the through Alpine Meadows Valley
The two mile trail maintains little more than a slight incline, but still gains nine hundred feet of elevation before reaching the lakes. With the Kids take lots of breaks. I don't recommend it for children under 8 years or who aren't fit. Bring lots of water and make it lots of stops. On the warmest Tahoe days this trail lacks a great deal of shade, but the lakes themselves provide plenty of cover from the sun and opportunities to cool off in the waters.
A four mile hike round trip takes you to the lakes and back, but if you want to explore the lakes themselves, add another mile or so. Trails exist between all the lakes, making them nicely accessible.
This summer due to the high snow levels, I don't recommend this hike until mid July when the snow has retreated, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness. So you'll see other hiker on the trail. Once you're at the lakes themselves you'll have plenty of chances for private space.