Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond
Camping is available at all the lakes, but you’ll want to spend most of your time at High Loch Leven, which doesn’t get as much pressure—and the granite-island-dotted shoreline is protected by white fir, red fir, lodgepole pine, and western white pine and provides much-appreciated shade in the summer. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout is good at all the lakes. Be sure not to abandon this hike in the winter. While strenuous, the trek on snowshoes offers a completely different perspective on the wilderness. Some cross-country skiers traverse the snow from the east on a marked trail to High Loch Leven, but most snowshoers reject the challenge. Don’t be one of them. Though with no trail to follow you’ll need basic routefinding skills, finding the lakes isn’t that big of a problem. One thing to be aware of in winter is crossing the Union Pacific tracks. The company uses plow trains, which in heavy snow years can pile up a mound of snow that can’t easily be climbed in snowshoes. It’s generally a good idea to carry a snow shovel in the backcountry, and you can use it to dig steps in the snowbanks.