The trailhead starts at Ebbett's in Alpine County. Dorothy Lake can be reached via
Highway 4 at the top of Ebbett's Pass. Ebbett's Pass is a 30 minute drive from
Markleeville or a 30 minute drive from Lake Alpine.
There is parking available on both sides of the road at the top of the pass where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 4.
The hike is very easy and very short and provides excellent views of the Sierras, looking south and north. Once you reach Sherrold Lake, make a left turn
and travel southward, cross-country, without trail, to Dorothy Lake. You will find Dorothy Lake is a tiny, but visually pleasing lake that provides
ample camping areas.
I have visited Dorothy Lake on numerous occasions to see if DFW has planted any fish in this tiny lake. Historically, Dorothy
Lake has been planted with Lahontan Cutthroats and Golden Trout. At this point, it is fishless, according to my experiences there.
Perhaps it will receive future plants but I have not seen it on the pre-stocking evaluations which indicates that it does not meet
the requirements of an environmental impact report. I would assume it is not deep enough to ward off winter kill.
If you are looking for a small destination that is a little out of the way without crowds, it makes for a good spot. If you are looking
for fish, try
Kinney Reservoir for Rainbow Trout or Lower Kinney Lake for Lahontan Cutthroats and Cuttbows. Upper Kinney Lake may have a
few fish left in it, but Upper Kinney Lake and Lower Kinney Lake will not be planted again so whatever is left in these lakes will
be the last inhabitants until they blink out.