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Easily accessible and awesome!

Moderate hike within about an hour from Sacramento. Such a sweet discovery to hike for 4 miles and... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Sacramento, California
Always a fun trip

Been up to the lakes both as a day trip and overnight for couple of days. Good trail to get the... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Just west of Truckee is this popular hiking trail just off I-80 between the Big Bend and Rainbow exits. I began hiking this trail in the late ‘70’s, many times in the ‘80’s, so it was time to go back again. The lakes are scenic...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Synchroall
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Moderate hike within about an hour from Sacramento. Such a sweet discovery to hike for 4 miles and be treated to 3 mountain top hikes! I go at least a couple times every summer. Love it!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank hgastellum
Reviewed April 7, 2018

Been up to the lakes both as a day trip and overnight for couple of days. Good trail to get the hiking legs and back in shape iif planning a longer multi-day hiking trip. Also a good place to snow shoe but the trail isn't...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank psavila1
Reviewed February 13, 2018

Loch Leven is a moderate hike. Several ways can be taken to get here. Parking at Rainbow exit off Donner Summit I-80, has limited parking at the start of the trail. More parking is at the ranger station west where you can also get a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank bodieandkitty
Reviewed August 15, 2017

This is a good hike, took us about 5 hours up and back to the upper lake. There are sections that aren't too bad, but a good portion of the hike is walking on loose rock and climbing up and over rocks. Once you get...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank calsand
Reviewed July 4, 2017

I hiked this trail today on July 4, and I was surprised that there weren't more hikers. My friend and I eventually teamed up with two guys who had two dogs. They had previously done the hike which was great since a few trail sections...More

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank Gkylee
Reviewed February 2, 2016

An hour from Sacramento, the hike offers elevation, a beautiful evergreen forest, plenty of granite, and beautiful lakes. What more is needed?

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank PGNevis
Reviewed December 10, 2015

A summertime hike. Do it as a day hike or take Some gear and spend some time. Steep going in from Big Bend/Rainbow tavern, but not far. Small, scenic lakes.

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed November 11, 2015

I have backpacked this trail with the Boy Scouts. If you are not in good condition, don't try it. Beautiful High Sierra scenery, multiple Alpine lakes, not very crowded.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Humbert100
Reviewed October 29, 2015

When told to “Take a hike” and “go jump in a lake”, I will gladly get off your nerves and go away. Needing to go away on a late summer afternoon, I took that hike and jumped in that lake on the Loch Leven Lakes...More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank NVJoe
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