“A multi-use trail along the east side of Serene Lakes community in the Royal Gorge area.”
— George Lamson
Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife
It is an easy trail that is close to a developed community with easy access and parking.
A valid trail pass is required from the Royal Gorge ski resort for winter skiing.
This multi-track trail is a ski trail in the winter and a popular hiking trail in the summer. It winds along the east side of the Serene Lakes community in the Lodgepole/Fir forest of the Royal Gorge open space area on Donner Summit. The trail is part of a network of trails that provide access to the open space area (see map for connecting trails).
It can be traversed in both directions and is open to hiking, running and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. During the snowy months, it is usually groomed for both Nordic and skate skiing by the resort.
Flora & Fauna
The trail cuts through a Lodgepole/Fir forest and during the summer is populated by a large collection of Sierra wildflowers. The forest is the home to deer, ground squirrels, bobcat, martens, coyotes and the occasional mountain lion. There is a wide variety of Northern Sierra birdlife.