Winnemucca Lake and Round Top

Kit Carson, California 95644

Winnemucca Lake and Round Top

Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike takes you past two gorgeous alpine lakes where you can picnic, swim, and camp and then allows you to climb Round Top, where an extensive Sierra Nevada panorama awaits. Backpackers must reserve campsites in advance and must contact the Amador Ranger District to obtain a wilderness permit. An open hillside covered with sagebrush and wildflowers leads to Round Top’s summit."

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"Two picturesque, near timberline lakes with a stunning backdrop from the craggy summits of The Sisters and Round Top are the chief attractions of this loop. The wildflower displays along the upper canyons of Woods Creek are quite colorful in season. Views of the Lost Cabin Mine add a touch of historical interest. Additional options for extending the journey include a 2.3-mile hike to Fourth of July Lake or a technically easy climb of Round Top." Read more
Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"With so many reasons to recommend this hike, it is hard to know where to begin. The wildflower bloom below Winnemucca Lake must be seen to be believed. The setting of Round Top Lake, below a dark sawtooth ridgeline punctuated with permanent snowfields, is picture-book perfect. The trail blends challenge with reward splendidly. Make this a priority." Read more
Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"For the first mile to these easily accessible lakes, you will share your trail with Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hikers. Unfortunately, they will have to hurry on without enjoying the wildflower bonanza that day hikers have ahead of them. Within 2 short miles, you will see and smell colors and scents of more than two dozen varieties of wildflowers. Bring your camera and field guide, along with plenty of insect repellent and sunscreen. Both lakes have several campsites, which are used by permit on a first-come, first-serve basis. While these campsites are “sacrifice” sites meant to minimize further human impact to the area, they are well placed, offering both seclusion and views." Read more

Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Reviews

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8/3/2012
What a great climb! We backpacked to Roundtop lake and then summited from the west ridge up to the top of round top. We went up part of the back way where there was class 3 and 4 climbing! What a rush! Beautiful views and just hard enough to make you feel like you are super strong! Wildflowers were still out. Just a beautiful trail with good hiking and some good climbing!
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10/1/2008
Awesome, awesome , awesome!!! We took the shuttle up and took our time coming back.
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8/23/2008
Long uphill and thin air make climb to Marlette lake, a little taxing for city dwellers. Flume trail worth the climb, truly spectacular. Ride it the other way on the Tahoe Rim trail from Tahoe Meadows on the peak of Mt Rose on even numbered days. Best trails ever!
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8/15/2006
I've hiked extensively throughout Rockies, Sierras, and even in Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii and this was one of the most scenic day hikes I've ever taken. The wildflowers were spectacular. Even in mid-August there were snow fields and the view 360 was awesome. The trail from Roundtop Lake up to the peak was very steep and slippery. Hands and knees were required on the rocky parts and it really should have switchbacked more on the gravelly parts. Nonetheless, my 11 year old niece made it up to the top. I liked the loop route (clockwise). Counting Woods Lake, you go by 3 lakes and a couple of streams, and see other lakes and mountains in the distance. On the trail down, we saw a rusted out car! $3 fee for parking.
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7/10/2006
For bikers only! But what a great trail! Beautiful and not that hard after the initial climb. The downhill at the end is what surprised me. Constant grade and smooth enough to let it fly a bit. Enjoy!
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8/9/2003
The most beautiful mtb trail I've ever seen. I've done it many times and always want to come back and ride it again.
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Trail Information

Kit Carson
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.3
Distance
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours or overnight
Duration
Best late July through mid-October
Season
Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Carson Pass, Caples Lake; USFS Mokelumne Wilderness
Local Maps

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