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Hike to Bull Run Lake, a lovely lake in a typical granite and pine forest area of the Sierra Nevada in the Iceberg-Carson Wilderness Area near Pacific Grade Summit on California Hwy 4, 10 miles west of Ebbetts Pass.  The trail is well established, rough in places, and easy to follow except for a few spots over granite where you need to look around for the the next duck. We drove the 0.3 miles from the highway parking area to the  Stanislaus Meadow Trailhead, which requires a high clearance vehicle but is okay when dry.  Campsites less than 100 ft from the shore or stream are posted for no camping (wilderness rules), but there are some nice legal sites on the farther sides of the lake. There are several stream crossings that could be deep during the early snowmelt season, but were tame in early July of this dry year.


7.61 mi (2.95 mi uphill, 3.01 mi downhill, 1.59 mi flat)
1320 ft total ascent (1320 ft descent) – 15.1 % uphill grade, 101.0 % downhill grade
5:13:44 total time (4:06:52 moving, 1:06:52 stopped)
0:32:27 pace (1.8 mph average speed, 5.2 mph max speed)
13.9 difficulty, 24.9 effort