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Round Top Loop

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 4.9 (10)

A moderate scramble up a Sierra Nevada peak.


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6.9

Miles

11.2

KM

Loop

10,338' 3,151 m

High

8,201' 2,500 m

Low

2,162' 659 m

Up

2,162' 659 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

67%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A loop hike to the summit of Round Top past scenic Winnemucca and Round Top lakes.

Need to Know

$5 day use fee at the Woods Lake Trailhead.

Description

From the parking lot, hike along Woods Creek Road, cross the bridge, and then look for the sign on the right for the Round Top Lake Trail to Round Top Lake. Climb through gradually opening pine forests toward the lake as Round Top and The Sisters loom ahead.

At the lake, continue on the Round Top Summit Trail. Follow the climber's trail to the saddle, then turn left and make the scramble to the summit of Round Top and enjoy the views, which extend north as far as Lake Tahoe.

Scramble back down, and when you return to the trail, turn right on the Fourth of July Lake Trail to Winnemucca Lake. After enjoying the sights at the lake, return to the trailhead on the Winnemucca Lake Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 10 votes

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in Kirkwood

#700

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#1

in Kirkwood

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#700

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Photos

Looking back at Round Top Lake from the summit of Round Top.
Dec 24, 2016 near South L…, CA
Perfect day hiking on Round Top Loop.
Jul 28, 2019 near South L…, CA
Round Top and Round Top Lake.
Jan 23, 2022 near South L…, CA
Round Top Lake
Jan 23, 2022 near South L…, CA
On the trail near Winnemucca Lake.
Dec 24, 2016 near South L…, CA
The pine forests flow across the landscape on the way to Round Top Lake.
Dec 29, 2016 near South L…, CA

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Aug 15, 2020
Daniel Guevara
Jun 6, 2020
Ivan Vo
Jul 27, 2019
Tim Roide
Perfect day. Trail in good shape. Short muddy sections, handful of low angle snowfields to cross or work around. 7mi — 5h 00m
Aug 12, 2018
Jakub Tomášek
I went through the frog lake 10mi
Jun 5, 2018
Jay-Deb Sawicky
Jul 22, 2017
Dylan Taylor
Scenic trail with simple scramble near the top. Doable by anybody in physically fit shape. 7.5mi — 4h 16m
Dec 20, 2014
Anthony Koberstein
Excellent view...great for pets. 6mi
Jul 15, 2014
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