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Summit Lake Loop

Donner, California

Summit Lake Loop

Summit Lake Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The hike to Summit Lake is an easy 2-mile-plus, mostly forested stroll to a quiet lake quite suitable for an afternoon swim on a hot summer day, or for plunking a line in search of the resident trout.

Camping around the lake is permissible, but the area is accessible to the four-wheel-drive crowd via a dirt road to the east. With recent completion of a section of the Donner Lake Rim Trail, you can now extend the trip beyond a simple out-and-back to the lake by traveling west through serene forest to a connection with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT ) in Castle Valley and then back to the Donner Summit trailhead."

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Trail Information

Donner
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Best July through mid-October
Season
Tahoe National Forest at 530-587-3558, www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Norden (trail not shown)
Local Maps

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