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Caples Lake - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Caples Lake

Caples Lake is located 59 miles east of Jackson at an elevation of 7,800 feet. The 600 acre lake has 6 miles of shoreline. The lake has been used by many different groups of people including Native Americans, 49ers, and resort owners so it is known by a few different names. It offers a variety of different recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, and skiing within close proximity.

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Attractions Near Caples Lake

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

2.45km from Caples Lake

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year-round resort in Kirkwood, California south of Lake Tahoe that focuses on skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking and mountain-biking in summer. The mountain is unique in that it has 2 mi ridgeline at the top. This makes Kirkwood popular for cliff drops and cornices. Kirkwood received 804 in of snow during the 2005-2006 ski season.

Pacific Crest Trail - Meiss Trailhead

Pacific Crest Trail is America’s second longest trail, stretching from Mexico to Canada through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Adventurous hikers looking for a challenge will take the high route through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges and witness some of America’s most scenic and varied terrain—from scorching desserts to snowy mountains—along the way. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.

Round Top Lake

Round Top Lake

4.63km from Caples Lake

Round Top Lake sits below the Sisters, which tower over the lake at 9,000 feet in elevation. Stunning scenery, beautiful wildflowers and it is a good trekking destination.

Meiss Meadow

Meiss Meadow

4.72km from Caples Lake

Meiss Meadow is located on the north side of Highway 88 near Carson Pass. Recommended Activities: Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snow play. The Meiss Meadow Sno-Park is located in an area that offers year-round recreational opportunities. Outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildflower viewing in the spring, and fall color viewing in the fall are abundant at Carson Pass.

Carson Pass Sno-Park

Carson Pass Sno-Park

4.81km from Caples Lake

The Carson Pass Sno-Park is located near Caples Lake on the south side of Highway 88. It is popular with hikers throughout most of the year, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Tahoe-Yosemite Trail, and the Emigrant Summit Trail have access points at Carson Pass. Several high-elevation lakes can be accessed from Carson Pass.

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

4.92km from Caples Lake

Thunder Mountain is the highest point in Amador County, California. It is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just above the Kirkwood ski area.The mountain has two peaks, the 9,414-foot main peak and a 9,412-foot sub-peak west of the main peak. Due to the high elevation, most precipitation that falls on Thunder Mountain consists of snow.

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Alpine County

Alpine County

52 attractions

This is the least populous county in California state. There are no incorporated cities in the county.

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