High Sierra Poker Run

  • September 3-6, 2021
  • Base Camp
    Near Shaver Lake, CA
    37°07'29.8"N 119°10'30.0"W


Paul Brady

Steve Peckham

Paul Brady

High Sierra Poker Run 2018 Bald Mountain Run by itsdchz


  • Saturday - Mirror Lake Run
  • Saturday - Bald Mountain "Extreme" Run
  • Saturday - Brewer Lake Run
  • Sunday - Swamp Lake Run
  • Sunday - Bald Mountain Run
  • Sunday - Coyote Lake Run

Swamp Meadow during the 2005 High Sierra Poker Run.The High Sierra Committee is pleased to announce the addition of the Coyote Lake Trail and Mirror Lake to its lineup!

Now we have six runs spanning two days that will keep you entertained. 

Saturday Runs

Saturday’s lineup consists of semi-easygoing Brewer Lake trail or the more intense Bald Extreme run. New for 2020 is a run up to Mirror Lake.

Brewer offers an easier environment that gets challenging right at the lake. Nice thing is you can elect to run all the way down to the lake, or stop just short of the lake to avoid the larger obstacles. It is up to you!

Mirror Lake with its steep, rocky, and off-camber trail offers a short but difficult hardcore rock crawling experience. There are two locations where winch posts have been drilled and set in rocks. Mirror Lake offers swimming, fishing, camping and lake side relaxation.

Our Bald extreme run mirrors the Moonlight Madness run but is held during the day. With the Bald Extreme run there is plenty of opportunity to test your rig out, but with options to go around the hard spots if you choose to do so, making it enjoyable for everyone. Please note that the Bald Extreme run requires at least one locking differential in the vehicle.

Sunday Runs

Sunday’s lineup consists of the Swamp Lake Trail, Bald Mountain Trail and introduced in 2019 the Coyote Lake Trail.

Swamp Lake: The High Sierra Committee has been taking people across the Swamp Lake trail for over 30 years now. It is the heart of the High Sierra event and is one of the most scenic trails in the state. This trail will take most of the day and then some, but it is well worth the time. Please note that the Swamp Lake run now requires locking differentials in the front and the rear of your vehicle!

Participants at Bald Mountain Lookout during High Sierra Poker Run 2011. The Sunday Bald Mountain run is like Saturday’s run, but with less (hard) extreme spots. It is still a challenging run and one of the crowd favorites, but like the Saturday run there are a lot of bypasses that let you go around some of the tighter spots if you choose to.

The Coyote Lake trail is a high mountain lake hidden at the end of the Red Lake 4x4 Trail. Coyote Lake Trail is a challenging, rock crawling 4x4 trail that runs from Red Lake to Coyote Lake. Rock crawling, swimming, fishing, camping and lake side relaxation in the high mountains of the Sierra National Forest make for one of the most rewarding trails you can run. Rock obstacles, dense forest, and two lakes make Coyote Lake Trail a prime destination for the seasoned wheeler looking to get off the grid. Please note that the Coyote Lake Run requires at least one locking differential in the vehicle.

Six trail options over two days with a raffle and fun games on Saturday — making this one of the premier events in the Central District.

NOTE: We are unable to offer meals this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Camping Information

We have no fee, dry camping available in base camp, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Roads into Base camp are graded gravel, or paved roadway with potholes, use caution and slow speeds bringing in your RV or trailers. Be on the lookout for others coming in the opposite direction as roads are narrow in spots. The coordinates for base camp are 37°07'29.8"N 119°10'30.0"W.

Campfire restrictions

Due to Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-06, firewood campfires are not permitted. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern in an area at least five feet from any flammable materials provided that the portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern only burns gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, with a shut-off valve.

Additional Information

  • Under special permit granted by the US Forest Service High Sierra Ranger District.
  • Oversized vehicles are not recommended on Swamp Lake, Mirror Lake or Coyote Lake Trails.
  • Traction aiding differentials in either front or rear will be required for Bald Extreme and Coyote Lake Trails.
  • Traction aiding differentials in front and rear will be required for Swamp Lake Trail and Mirror Lake Trail.

Event Schedule

Subject to change


  • 6-8 PM
  • 6-8 PM


  • 8 AM - 12 PM
  • 8AM - 10:30 AM
  • 9:30 AM
    Mirror Lake Run
  • 10 AM
    Bald Mountain Extreme
  • 10:30 AM
    Brewer Lake Run
  • 2-4 PM
  • 2-4 PM
  • 7:30 PM


  • 7-8 AM
  • 7:30 AM
    Swamp Lake Trail Run
  • 8 AM
    Coyote Lake Run
  • 10 AM
    Bald Mountain Run


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