Crooked Lake Trail

Tahoe National Forest, California

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Crooked Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 6,881 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,316 feet. Island Lake Camping Area #1, Island Lake Camping Area #3, and other camp sites and the Crooked Lakes water can be seen along the trail. There is also a wetland along the trail. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts.
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Crooked Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 6,881 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,316 feet. Island Lake Camping Area #1, Island Lake Camping Area #3, and other camp sites and the Crooked Lakes water can be seen along the trail. There is also a wetland along the trail. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts. This trail connects with the following: Lindsey Lake Trail and Round Lake Trail.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Tahoe National Forest
Distance: 3.1
Elevation Gain: 1,316 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,881 feet
Top Elevation: 7,079 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Tahoe National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 6711/7079 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6881/6881 ft

Crooked Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Weekend solitude you’ll not likely to find on this trail; however, if you want some of the most spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada and a string of alpine lakes where you can swim, fish, and sit and contemplate your navel (or any other worthy thoughts), this is the trail for you. You’ll miss the crowds if you can trek midweek, but don’t let a few people deter you from taking this hike. It’s a drainer on the legs, no doubt, but the rewards are worth the effort."

"Weekend solitude you’ll not likely find on this trail; however, if you want some of the most spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada and a string of alpine lakes where you can swim, fish, or just sit and relax for a good long while, this is the trail for you. You’ll miss the crowds if you can trek midweek, but don’t let a few people deter you from taking this hike. It’s a drainer on the legs, no doubt, but the rewards are great."

"Take Crooked Lakes Trail past a bounty of large and small bodies of water, where you’ll have ample opportunity to picnic, swim, and fish. Gentle climbing and numerous campsites make this hike an excellent family backpacking trip."

Crooked Lake Trail Reviews

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8/29/2008
I loved this hike! The lakes were beautiful and on a Friday it was pretty quiet on the trail.
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5/20/2007
Great early season hike, lots of lakes and good scenery. Also a good snowshoe in the winter. The road can be rough going up in the spring
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7/1/2006
Great place to take kids on their first backpacking trip!
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8/19/2004
Perfect family outing. It is a bit of a haul to drive to the trail head, but absolutely worth it. There is a new and more beautiful lake around each bend in the trail. It was easy to keep our 11 and 5 year old kids motivated with a copy of the map as they marched ahead looking for the next lake. This would also be a great family backpacking trip. For a day hike, plan to eat lunch and swim at Penner Lake. You will find a great spot to jump off a granite ledge into the deep, clear waters of the lake just where the trail meets the lake.
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