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Heart Lake Trail – Lassen National Forest

Heart Lake Trail Seeking that day adventure where you may not see many people? At the edge of Lassen National Forest, you may enjoy a quick day hike or 1-day backpack experience with solitude among the forest and sky of Lassen National Forest. Located on the west side of Lassen Volcanic National Park off HWY 17  in the Digger creek area. A non-motorized National Recreation Trail ideal for hiking and equestrian use, the Heart Lake trail is 4.7 miles along Martin creek with scenic views of Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain. A Review of the trail be Lassen Hiking Association: Up through a dark forest the hiker walks, arriving Heart Lake after passing through Heart Gap and crossing Digger Creek. This makes an easy day hike, or one can camp overnight at the good campsites next to the lake. And watch the sunrise the next morning. This corner of Lassen National Forest is off the beaten track, and will likely not be crowded.  Dogs are welcome here, and yours may enjoy fetching sticks thrown into the lake. Make Sure to bring Water on this...

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Spencer Meadow Trail – Lassen National Forest

The Spencer Meadows Trail is in the shadow of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The loop portion of the trail overlooks the Mill Creek Drainage, 1,500 feet below. This section is also an area with large meadows and spectacular views. The meadow itself borders the park. Recognized as a National Recreational Trail- The Spencer Meadow Loop has all the necessary elements for a great hike: cool forests, flower-dotted meadows, a tumbling stream with a waterfall, and far-ranging views. The only element lacking from this trip is people, as most hikers in the area opt for hikes in the more popular, neighboring Lassen Volcanic National Park. The distance of this trail is a little debated as we found everything from five miles to 13 miles reported on different sites. Location In Lassen National Forest on SR 36/89, connects north into Lassen Volcanic National Park. State(s) California Counties Tehama Type Backcountry Length 5.00 Miles / 8.05 Km Loop Trail? No Allowed Uses Camping Fishing Pedestrian – Walking/Hiking/Running Agency USDA Forest Service Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No or 13.2 total miles Elevation Gain: 2,230 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderately Strenuous Season: Best: June to mid-October Trailhead Elevation: 4,930 feet Top Elevation: 6,675 feet Review of Trail from the Lassen Hiking Association: This is a fairly difficult hike.  It features rewarding views over Childs Meadow and Mill Creek’s valley. The goal, Spencer Meadows,...

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Mudd Lake Recreational Area

Mudd Lake Recreational Area is an all season recreational location just West of Silver Lake off HWY 88. Winter Recreation:  Snowmobile, Snowshoe, Cross Country skiing, Backcountry Skiing Summer Recreation:  OHV, Horseback, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping Managed by the Eldorado National Forest, Mudd Lake Access area is under development and has season access controls to several areas.  Always good to check before you go: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=fsbdev7_019037 Sierra Rec Magazine recently checked out the Mud Lake region for snowshoeing, found the area has fantastic views of Silver Lake region, Great open forest for snowshoe through as well as possibly ski. Snowmobile tracks everywhere up here...

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Ropi Lake ~ Desolation Wilderness

Ropi Lake ~ Desolation Wilderness A great day hike or evening backpack location near Lake Tahoe. Ropi Lake is not the first location people mention when traveling into the Desolation Wilderness. But, don’t let that stop you from discovering one of the finest High Sierra Locations on your next REC trip. Ropi Lake is located at the top of Horsetail falls, just off HWY 50 and approximately a mile past the top the waterfall. Many first time visitors are unaware of the chain of lakes that start at the waterfall and stretch back as far as Lake Aloha, one of the most visited...

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Loon Lake Recreational Guide ~ Summer and Winter

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...

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Shealor Lake Day Hike – Hwy 88

Day Hikes in the Sierra:  Shealor Lakes off HWY 88 How to get there: The Shealor Lakes parking area is just west of Silver Lake off HWY 88. (About 1 hour from South Lake Tahoe or The Carson Valley) The Shealor Lakes Day hike is a short hike up the mountain gives you a great view of the Shealor Lakes area.  The Shealor Lakes is a small set of mountain lakes great for an easy and rather secluded short backpack or evening camping trip. (Permit Required). But really is just a great place to explore on a 1.2 mile...

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Glacier Point To Yosemite Valley Day Hike

Glacier Point To Yosemite Valley Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley (strenuous) Four Mile Trail: 4.8 miles (7.7 km) one-way; 3 to 4 hours Panorama Trail: 8.5 miles (13.6 km) one-way; 6 to 8 hours Begin at Glacier Point (Four Mile Trail begins north of the store; Panorama Trail begins south of the store) It is strongly recommended that you take the hikers’ bus to Glacier Point and hike down, rather than parking at Glacier Point and planning to catch the hikers’ bus back up.           The Four Mile Trail The Four Mile Trail switchbacks down to Yosemite Valley, providing wonderful views of the Valley. There may be no better way to see what’s so fabulous about Yosemite Valley than to hike the Four-Mile Trail,  This hike offers great views of most of the landmarks that Yosemite Valley’s famous for, and all from angles you’re not used to seeing on postcards. See Yosemite Falls in all of its glory. From nearly anyplace else in the world, strategic bits of the falls are coyly hidden by trees or rock, but on the lower half of the Four-Mile Trail, you get to see everything. You’ll also see a reverse tunnel view off to the west, with Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan framing opposite sides of the view. You’ll pass almost directly under Sentinel Rock,  you’ll  see remarkable views...

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Yosemite Valley Loop Trail Day Hike

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail Enjoy some solitude in western Yosemite Valley. Hike through meadows, forests, and beside the Merced River. Along the way, enjoy striking views of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Three Brothers, Yosemite Falls, and more. Trail Overview Distance: 11.5 mi (18.5 km) full loop; 7.2 mi (11.6 km) half loop Elevation gain: Mostly level Difficulty: Moderate Time: 5-7 hours full loop, 2.5-3.5 hours half loop Begin at: Lower Yosemite Fall (shuttle stop #6) [head west along the bicycle path until you see signs for the Valley Loop Trail] This trail follows many of...

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Lundy Canyon

Stunning Scenic Day Hike Location Just outside of Lee Vining, Lundy Canyon is a Must Do Hike in the Eastern Sierra. Do you Like Waterfalls? Do you like Beaver dams and Associated Ponds? How About Aspen Groves and High Mountain Peaks? Welcome to Lundy Canyon, On many tourist sites in the Sierra, Lundy canyon will show up as a top hike, especially in the fall for a Color hike. but Lundy Canyon is so much more than just the color. The Lundy Recreation area starts about  5 miles off Hwy 395 just outside of Lee Vining California.  The Lundy...

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Day Hike Margaret Lake – Hwy 88

Margaret Lake A very popular destination for day hiking and beginner backpacking experiences off HWY 88 near Kirkwood and Caple Lake, Margaret Lake is another great Sierra Hiking lake. Margaret Lake is popular for afternoon swimming, fishing and camping in the Central Sierra.  The Hike itself features just about every Sierra climate and Foilage. Meadows with River Crossings, Granite Rock Croppings to traverse, lush Forest and shade, and even a little stretch that is almost tropical in nature with very lush growth of plants and flowers right off the trail. Margaret Lake is not overly large. You can probably...

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