Best Trails Near Kirkwood CA

Kirkwood has 17 trails in the vicinity, including 14 hiking trails and 11 for backpacking. These trails range from 4 to 33 miles in length. The longest trail in Kirkwood is Mokelumne River Trail a well-known trail measuring 33 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Long Lake Trail, Mokelumne River Trail and Scout Carson Lake. Trails.com member Dennis D. recently completed Round Top Lake Trail.

More information on the best trails in Kirkwood can be found below.
  • Grouse Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Kirkwood, CA

    Nestled into a little-traveled corner of Mokelumne Wilderness, Grouse Lake sits high above Summit City Canyon. Requiring only modest effort, this hike offers both the spectacular scenery of sweeping ...
    •  2 days
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Nestled into a little-traveled corner of Mokelumne Wilderness, Grouse Lake sits high above Summit City Canyon. Requiring ...

  • Long Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Kirkwood, CA

    A hike full of wonderful views leads to one of the area’s loveliest lakes, above which travelers will find campsites on granite benches that command spectacular views of the surrounding peak ...
    •  2 days
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike full of wonderful views leads to one of the area’s loveliest lakes, above which travelers will find campsites on granite ...

  • Glacial Lakes and Colorful Bouquets at Carson Pass

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Spring comes late to the crest of the Sierra, where plants must squeeze in a season of growth within a few months before the first frost. During summer, wildflowers carpet the slopes, ablaze ...
    •  4 hours or more
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Spring comes late to the crest of the Sierra, where plants must squeeze in a season of growth within a few months before ...

  • Kirkwood Cross-Country Center Ski Area

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Kirkwood Cross-Country is unique in its remoteness. Nestled in the heart of the Eldorado National Forest and at the southern tip of the Desolation Wilderness, the area is often overlooked by ...
    •  20% Easy, 60% Moderate, 20% Difficult
    •  Guide

    Kirkwood Cross-Country is unique in its remoteness. Nestled in the heart of the Eldorado National Forest and at the southern ...

  • Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Voted one of the top ten ski resorts in North America, sporting the best Tahoe powder, and the highest base elevation in California, Kirkwood offers some of the best vertical and freeride terrain ...
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    Voted one of the top ten ski resorts in North America, sporting the best Tahoe powder, and the highest base elevation in ...

  • Scout Carson Lake

    0 Reviews

    Kirkwood, CA

    A lovely, small, near-timberline lake is the goal of this trip, which passes through interesting geologic scenery along the way. An optional 1-mile round-trip detour to the 9408- foot summit ...
    •  6.5 to 7 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    A lovely, small, near-timberline lake is the goal of this trip, which passes through interesting geologic scenery along the ...

  • Thunder Mountain Loop

    0 Reviews

    Kirkwood, CA

    An incredible 360-degree vista from a 9,408-foot summit should sound intriguing, especially if the trail to that summit is relatively short and not too steep. The Thunder Mountain Trail seems ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  8.5-10.8 miles
    •  Guide

    An incredible 360-degree vista from a 9,408-foot summit should sound intriguing, especially if the trail to that summit is ...

  • Lake Margaret

    0 Reviews

    Kirkwood, CA

    Lake Margaret is a picturesque lake tucked into the undulating terrain of the Caples Creek drainage. A short hike with minimal elevation gain leads hikers through forested terrain sprinkled with ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Margaret is a picturesque lake tucked into the undulating terrain of the Caples Creek drainage. A short hike with minimal ...

  • Tahoe-Yosemite Trail Section 3: To Lake Alpine-Silver Valley Trailhead

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    Kirkwood, CA

    The fine scenery in the Carson Pass Management Area (CPMA) is a splendid beginning to this TYT section, while the rough, lonely, part cross-country descent of Summit City Canyon to the North ...
    •  4 days
    •  26.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The fine scenery in the Carson Pass Management Area (CPMA) is a splendid beginning to this TYT section, while the rough, ...

  • Fourth of July Lake

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Backpackers who don’t mind regaining lost elevation will appreciate this semiloop trip through the northeast section of Mokelumne Wilderness, which includes several ponds and lakes, wildflower-covered ...
    •  2 days
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Backpackers who don’t mind regaining lost elevation will appreciate this semiloop trip through the northeast section of Mokelumne ...

  • Echo Summit Trailhead

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Reversing Trip 10 and following a section of the renowned PCT/TYT, this journey between Hwy. 88 and Hwy. 50 exposes hikers to a variety of scenery, including dense forests, verdant meadows, lovely ...
    •  2 days
    •  13.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Reversing Trip 10 and following a section of the renowned PCT/TYT, this journey between Hwy. 88 and Hwy. 50 exposes hikers ...

  • Showers Lake Trail

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Showers Lake is one of the best camping areas between Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 88, with numerous campsites and good angling for brook trout. En route, the trail passes through the Upper Truckee River ...
    •  2 days
    •  10.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Showers Lake is one of the best camping areas between Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 88, with numerous campsites and good angling for brook ...

  • Round Top Lake Trail

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Two picturesque lakes backdropped by craggy volcanic summits provide the main highlights on this very popular loop trip through Mokelumne Wilderness. Midsummer visitors will have the added bonus ...
    •  2 days
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Two picturesque lakes backdropped by craggy volcanic summits provide the main highlights on this very popular loop trip through ...

  • Silver Lake–Granite Lake Trailhead

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    Kirkwood, CA

    This tour visits examples of all the landscapes of the Carson Pass region—volcanic peaks, rounded granite domes, deep-cut river canyons, and lake-dotted plateaus. Anyone in good condition possessing ...
    •  5 days
    •  31.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This tour visits examples of all the landscapes of the Carson Pass region—volcanic peaks, rounded granite domes, deep-cut ...

  • Mokelumne River Trail

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    Kirkwood, CA

    The largest wilderness river in the northern Sierra is the goal of this trip, where cathedral forests shade the cool, green river, brown trout often rise to the fly, and solitude is plentiful ...
    •  6 days
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    The largest wilderness river in the northern Sierra is the goal of this trip, where cathedral forests shade the cool, green ...

  • Summit City Canyon Trail

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Beyond Scout Carson Lake, this route crosses Squaw Ridge and descends isolated Horse Canyon to campsites along picturesque, remote, and lonely Summit City Creek.
    •  4 days
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    Beyond Scout Carson Lake, this route crosses Squaw Ridge and descends isolated Horse Canyon to campsites along picturesque, ...

  • Scout Carson Lake Trail

    0 Reviews

    Kirkwood, CA

    A lovely, small, near-timberline lake is the goal of this trip, which passes through interesting geologic scenery along the way. An optional 1-mile round-trip detour to the 9408-foot summit of ...
    •  2 days
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    A lovely, small, near-timberline lake is the goal of this trip, which passes through interesting geologic scenery along the ...