Mount Elwell Trail is a hiking trail in Plumas County, California. It is within Plumas National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,082 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,866 feet. The trail ends near Mount Elwell (elevation 7,746 feet).
Mount Elwell Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trip takes you past numerous rock-encircled high Sierra lakes to the top of Mount Elwell, a peak that offers panoramic views of the Lakes Basin and northern Sierra Nevada. Numerous lakes lie sprinkled below the rocky 7,818-foot summit of Mount Elwell. Note that camping outside of official campgrounds is prohibited in this area."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Mt. Elwell Loop provides one of the most diverse hikes in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Not only do you have the opportunity to stand atop one of the area’s highest peaks and enjoy the expansive view, but you also pass by picturesque Long Lake, the largest lake in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area that is accessible by trail. A fine early-season wildflower display, delightful streams, and serene forests further contribute to the scenic diversity found on this trip. To complete the experience, finish off your hike with a meal at nearby Gray Eagle Lodge."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
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