Loch Leven Lakes

OutAndBack • 8 mi • 0 ft

The Loch Leven Lakes provide hikers itching for summer an early-season opportunity to reach a trio of picturesque lakes nestled into a granite basin. A pleasant side trip to Salmon Lake increases the total of lakes to four. Swimmers will appreciate the relatively warm waters and scads of slabs and islands for sunbathing, while anglers can test their skills on the stocked trout that inhabit the lakes.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soda Springs
Length: 8 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Mid-June to November
Other Uses: Running, bikes, horses; dogs allowed
Local Contacts: Tahoe National Forest
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All the lakes and the views are gorgeous (including Salmon Lake, which is smaller, more secluded and near the Loch Leven lakes). If you are lucky enough to snag a campsite it is perfect for a few nights of backcountry camping.


What a great little hike! We knocked out Donner peak then continued on the loop to mount judah. Great views. After you hit Mount Judah it is a nice down hill hike all the way down the pct! So pretty on the pct side. I would do this trail again for sure!!

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