Loon Lake Recreation Guide ~Summer / Winter

A Sub-alpine red fir and lodgepole forests, granite bowls, and a spectacular view of the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains characterize the area. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) built the Loon Lake Chalet in 1989. Popular summer activities include hiking, backpacking in Desolation Wilderness, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and four-wheel driving on the Rubicon 4WD Trail. In the winter, the Chalet is the focal point of the Loon Lake Winter Recreation Area offering many miles of non-groomed backcountry skiing trails.

The Chalet is located at Loon Lake, northeast of Placerville and is at 6,378 feet above sea level. You can reach this area by traveling east on Highway 50 to Ice House Road (8.5 miles east of Pollock Pines), then north on Ice House Road 30 miles to Loon Lake. Winter snow depth averages 3 to 8 feet; snow may fall from September through May. Motorized over the snow travel is prohibited in the Loon Lake Winter Recreation Area.


Summer Recreation

Loon Lake Recreation Area

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Four Wheel Drive (Rubicon trail)

Winter Recreation

  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Snowmobile

Loon Lake Trails

  1. Chipmunk Bluff Trail
  2. Berts Lake Trail
  3. Polaris Trail
  4. Telemark Trail
  5. Zephyr Trail
  6. Campground Trail
  7. Glissade Trail
  8. Orion Trail
  9. Van Vleck Trail
  10. Shadow Trail