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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 28 August 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 8 April 2018
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 11 September 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

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Reviewed 28 August 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!

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Reviewed 8 April 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

1  Thank psavila1
Reviewed 14 February 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

2  Thank bodieandkitty
Reviewed 16 August 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

1  Thank calsand
Reviewed 5 July 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

4  Thank Gkylee
Reviewed 3 February 2016

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

1  Thank PGNevis
Reviewed 11 December 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.

Thank rulysses
Reviewed 12 November 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.

Thank Humbert100
Reviewed 30 October 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

2  Thank NVJoe
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