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Salmon Lake Trail

Intermediate
 3.4 (5)

A mild trail leading to Salmon Lake and into the Loch Leven Basin.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Point to Point

6,848' 2,087 m

High

6,577' 2,005 m

Low

380' 116 m

Up

171' 52 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly For those with older kids, the lake at the end of the trail can be a great incentive to hit the trail.

Open for hiking early June to November, weather permitting.

Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs, and lanterns.

Description

The Salmon Lake Trail begins next to a pull-out parking spot off of Road 19. Soon hikers will find themselves traveling along the edges of a pleasant meadow that blooms with wildflowers in early summer. Ahead, the trail climbs through an old growth forest of firs before crossing over granite outcroppings.

The rolling grades remain mild for the duration of the hike, as the trail navigates the contours of the glacially shaped area. Salmon Lake is approached by the Salmon Lake Spur heading southwest to the shore of the granite bowl that forms the the lake.

The trail continues winding over one last climb to the intersection with the Loch Leven Trail at the south end of lower Loch Leven. Visitors will find the swimming and camping less crowded at Salmon Lake than at Loch Leven. The fishing is worse though.

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Shared By:

Eric Ashley

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  3.4 from 5 votes

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This shady, forested lake provides a pleasant sight along the Salmon Lake Trail.
Jun 19, 2017 near Truckee, CA
A small wetland meadow starts the Salmon Lake Trail.
Jun 19, 2017 near Truckee, CA

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Sep 14, 2018
Drea Vinassa
Jul 15, 2017
Annette Wolfe
the GPS had me park about 1.5 miles before the "parking lot". if you are going out here blindly go passed where it tells you to park. you'll pass a...
Jun 18, 2017
Randy Carnley
Was unable to make it to the lake cutoff due to slick and unstable melting snow pack. Large blowdown and snow blocking trail 1/4 mile mark 2mi