Smith Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Smith Lake is one of the more popular hikes in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. The 1-mile hike (one-way) puts the lake within striking distance of all but the most out-of-shape bipeds, and the lake is one of only five in the area that allows overnight camping. Despite the popularity, scenic Smith Lake is well worth the short time and little effort necessary for a visit. If the forecast is for high temperatures, consider an early start to beat the heat along the first half of the trip, which climbs across an exposed, south-facing slope. Dinner at Gray Eagle Lodge near the trailhead would be an excellent culinary climax to the hike."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"This hike takes you past the cascading waters of clear mountain streams as you travel through pine and fir forests. You’ll also visit five of the Sierra’s northernmost glacial lakes and enjoy fine alpine views of rocky ridges. The Sierra Nevada’s glacial history is evident in the rock striations found at Jamison and Rock Lakes."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"Most lakes in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area are rockbound, highly scenic, easy to reach, and, consequently, heavily visited. Smith Lake, in contrast, features no dramatic vistas and no rocky shore from which to dive or relax in the sun. What Smith Lake does offer is a peaceful destination about 30 minutes from the trailhead in a forested setting, far from the crowds that flock to other Lakes Basin waters."
--Ron Adkison, Best Easy Day Hikes: Northern Sierra (Falcon Guides).
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