Grouse Ridge Tahoe National Forest

  • October 20, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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Totally last minute, but since I'm going, I'd love to have more join me!!  This is a dog friendly trip!  There will be two men joining us and three other women from my Sierra Club group...

Let's meet at the Carr Lake Trailhead this Saturday morning, Oct. 20 at 10:30 for a one nighter at beautiful Penner Lake. Or you can meet me in Dublin to caravan.  Directions to the Carr Lake Trailhead are below.  If you're interested in caravaning, I will send you my address :)

There are no fees and no permits necessary. You'll hike past a dozen glacial lakes! The first day should be about 5-6 miles with the option of returning the second day along the same route, or looping back on a 6-7 mile hike past more lakes.

Bring your swimsuit for days in the high 60's-low 70s. Have warm clothes for night.  Beautiful stargazing and fishing opportunities for those interested :)

Directions to Carr Lake Trailhead From Dublin:
1.  680 N toward Sacramento (Partial toll road) - 25 miles
2.  Merge onto I-680 N - 14 miles
3.  Take exit 71A toward I-80 E Sacramento - .5 miles
4.  Merge onto I-80 - 121 miles
5.  Exit 161 to merge onto CA-20 E toward Nevada City/Grass       Valley - 4.5 miles
6.  Turn right onto Bowman Lake Rd - 7 miles
7.  Slight left onto Bowman Lake Rd/Forest Route 18 - .3                miles
8.  Take the first right to stay on Bowman Lake Rd/Forest               Route 18 - 1 mile
9.  Turn right toward/onto Forest Route 17 - 43miles                      (bumpy/dirt/gravel/rocky) This took about 20   minutes at      10 miles per hour in a van!!!!

Trail Route:

1.  Carr Lake Trailhead/parking lot
2.  Start out on the Round Lake Trail  to Island Lake  - 1 mile        (pass Carr Lake, Feeley Lake, Delaney Pond, and a few              more pretty watering holes along the mile path).

3.  Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake - 3miles (pretty                   demanding) 7,000 ft elevation.  Camp here.  Good fishing.

From Penner Lake the trail climbs to a forested ridge and         then descends to Upper Rock Lake.

4.  Lake Trail to Grouse Ridge Trail  - .5 miles
5.  Grouse Ridge Trail to Round Lake Trail - 3.5 miles
6.  Grouse Ridge Trail up to the Lookout - .5 miles and 1,000 ft       gain (70% vertical!!!!  Quite a walk - don't have to do!)
7.  Round Lake Trail to Carr Lake Trailhead/Parking lot -                 2.2

The distances here are estimates ;)

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  • Sara P.

    Made some new friends and explored some more of the area. Thanks for organizing, Michele!!

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful location! Can't wait to explore the trails further in the spring melt :) Thanks everyone for joining me. What a luxury to have a campfire. We'll have to remember the marshmallows next time to compliment the Bailey's, lol!

    October 22, 2012

  • Chowmix

    Want to do this but is not going to work out. Had thought I could reschedule some things but stuck out. Hoping for next time.

    October 17, 2012

  • Chowmix

    Works for me. I think I am in, just need to confirm with work calendar.

    October 16, 2012

  • Chowmix

    Dog friendly by any chance? I have a mellow dog who is trail experienced.

    October 16, 2012

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