Burnside Lake Road

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,623ft
Trailhead Elevation7,073ft
Elevation Min/Max7073/8226ft
Elevation Start/End7073/7073ft

Burnside Lake Road

Burnside Lake Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Alpine County, California. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 7.3 miles long and begins at 7,073 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,623 feet. The Burnside Lake water can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Pickett Peak Road, Charity Valley Trail and Meadow Wood Loop.

Burnside Lake Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"For a no-brainer moderate workout that’s far from the maddening crowd of South Lake Tahoe, this out-and-back ride up to Burnside Lake fits the bill. The basic route follows Burnside Lake Road, a wide, hard-packed dirt road that’s not technical though small stretches may be accented with eyeball rattling washboard terrain, depending on the last time the surface was graded. It’s 11.4 miles round-trip (5.7 miles each way) with opportunities to extend your mileage and seriously tax your cardiovascular system. If you’re looking for a strenuous day, add an out-and-back climbing to Pickett Peak and/or Hawkins Peak."

"Burnside Lake is a pleasant place to swim, fish, canoe, and, as evidenced by the camping around the lake, generally hang. The ride is on a wide and generally smooth dirt road, with sections of serious washboard from the traffic. This is a good place to build endurance without any technical challenges and enjoy the view of the Carson Range along the way. Be warned; the intermittent traffic means eating some dust. For peak baggers, there is a hill-climb to Hawkins Peak along the way. From the lake, there’s a rugged trail you can hike or ride to an overlook of Grover Hot Springs and Markleeville 2,600 feet below. The ride earns its mark for the picturesque lake and fun downhill ride home. If you want to give the kids a mountain biking thrill, drive them to the lake and let them ride back."

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Freel Peak, Carson
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