Hiking trails go completely around Jenkinson Lake, covering 8.5 miles of mostly shoreline. Mountain bikers are welcome to use this trail, keeping in mind that it is a hiking trail as well. Novice riders should be prepared to walk their bikes in some areas.
Equestrian trails cover about 9.5 miles around the lake above the hiking trail. A few portions of the trail are multi-use—use caution in these areas.
The trails are accessible year round, although during winter snow may cover a portion of them. Call ahead for complete information. Dogs are allowed on the trails, but they must be on a leash.
Popular trails and day hikes near Silver Lake
Shealor Lake trailhead is on the north side of Highway 88, about half way between Kay's Resort and Plasse's turnoff.
Granite Lake heads toward and past Kit Carson Lodge; the trailhead is on the east side of Silver Lake at the end of road 10N20.
Lake Margaret trailhead is on the north side of Highway 88 between Kirkwood Inn and Caples Lake.
Thunder Mountain trailhead is located on the south side of Highway 88, just west of the Carson Spur.
Meiss Lake trailhead is a parking lot on the north side of Highway 88 just west of the Carson Pass Information Center.
Frog Lake/Round Top trailhead is at the Carson Pass Information Center.