San Jose, California
Silver Lake Summer Retreat
This retreat offers something for everyone. For the hikers, we have an easier hike to Granite Lake, passing a beautiful waterfall along the way, and on Saturday a more challenging hike to the top of 9400’ Thunder Mountain, with views of Silver Lake, Kirkwood ski resort, and the high Sierra range.
For those wanting a more relaxing getaway, Silver Lake is perfect for fishing, swimming, or sunbathing on its granite slab shores, or you can rent a canoe or kayak and paddle out to Treasure Island in the middle of the lake for exploring or a picnic lunch.
Friday, we’ll leave from our campsite at 2 p.m. and follow the Granite Lake trail the this small but pretty alpine lake.
Saturday, we’ll leave the campsite at 8:45 a.m. and drive a short distance to the Horse Canyon Trailhead off hwy 88, take the Horse Canyon Trail, turn left on the Thunder Mtn. trail to the summit of Thunder Mtn. We’ll return via the same route.
From San Jose take Hwy 680 north to 580/205 East to Interstate 5 north to Hwy 4 east to Hwy 99 north to Highway 88 East towards Jackson. Follow the signs to remain on Hwy 88 as there are a couple of turns you need to make stay on 88. After going through Jackson, continue approximately 50 miles and look for a sign on the right for Plasse’s Resort and turn right. Follow the road down to the camp headquarters. We will be in group camp B.
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Fee: $20 for camping includes parking. No Dogs allowed.