Watson Lake from Brockway Summit

Truckee, California 96160

Watson Lake from Brockway Summit

Watson Lake from Brockway Summit Professional Review and Guide

"The trail is newly built and contains both smooth and hard-packed, and rocky and technical sections. Please prevent your rear wheel from sliding by keeping your weight back or by walking down steep sections. Two wildflowers are especially abundant in late June and early July: bright red snow plants and yellow mule’s-ears. Watson Lake is shallow, and therefore warms up faster than most lakes. This makes it great for swimming. Highlights: A newly built, technical singletrack leading to a peaceful lake, fir forests and meadows, wildflowers in June and July, swimming. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails."

Watson Lake from Brockway Summit Reviews

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Trail is paved for any vehicle to access on 79 and on the .7 mile side road to the lake. The main road (79) was paved as far as I went. I turned off to the left to go to the summit and finally found some dirt. Easy trail - did it in a stock Jeep Commander without any hint of problem. Beautiful views at lake and at the summit. Worth it for the view but not if you're looking for an off-road challenge.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
2.5 hours
6,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,500 feet
Top Elevation
National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Contacts
USGS Martis Peak, Truckee, Kings beach, Tahoe City (trails not shown)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018