Lake Margaret Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California. It is within Eldorado National Forest. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 7,735 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 734 feet. The Lake Margaret Trailhead information is near the trailhead. There is also parking. Along the trail there are meadows.
Lake Margaret Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Lake Margaret is tucked away in a heavily forested glaciated valley pocked with ponds and small lakes and studded with granite rock formations. Although a short hike from Hwy 88, this subalpine jewel offers surprising seclusion. The up-and-down topography of the country also requires a bit more effort than implied by the short trail length depicted on the maps. Surrounded by granite ramparts, Lake Margaret offers a great opportunity to base camp and explore a virtually untracked portion of the Caples Creek Proposed Wilderness."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
"This hike’s gentle trail takes you near the lush green banks of Caples Creek and past huge slabs of granite to Lake Margaret, where you can picnic, swim, and enjoy the mountain scenery. It’s a good outing for those wanting a lot of nature for only a little effort. Backpackers must contact the Amador Ranger District to obtain a wilderness permit."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"For little effort, this hike offers a lot of nature: a cool, inviting granitebasined alpine lake, a great burbling stream, and killer views. This is a trail built for children, families, and those households with a new puppy. Here, you’ll get the chance to teach some leash lessons and get your new arrival used to hiking the trails of California and beyond."
--Jason Fator, Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"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 granite outcrops to the shore of the diminutive lake. Although somewhat small in stature, the lake seems to be deep enough to offer a refreshing swim and sustain a healthy population of brook trout."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"white fir toward a seasonal creek at just 0.2 mile. Here, the trail bends east; make sure to look straight ahead at the high mountain ridge just north of Caples Lake. The path parallels, then crosses, another seasonal stream and at a 0.5 mile you’ll reach Caples Creek, where a grassy meadow makes for a perfect stop for a snack (and a quick dip in the clear creek waters)"
--Thom Gabrukiewicz, Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"Lake Margaret is nestled amid a sloped granite field north of Kirkwood Lake. On this 2.4-mile descending traverse, you’ll cross Caples Creek twice and will be able to enjoy the flowers that crowd these small, wet meadows. No navigation skills are needed to follow this highly blazed trail, allowing you to concentrate on children’s questions along the way. The dirt-and-duff track mostly stays under the lodgepole, with a few short intervals on granite. Rockbound and dainty, Lake Margaret shines in the bright sun, inviting picnickers and swimmers."
--Jordan Summers, Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press).
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