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Upper Loch Leven Lake

Forest Service staff, at the Big Bend Visitor Center, informed me that the Upper Loch Leven Lake is open with some patches of snow and some water running down the trail. Otherwise, the trail is open and clear for hiking; according to the USFS the ridge (where the lakes are located) is totally clear of snow and only the wooded areas have snow patches as of today June 30, 2010. So please be prepared and equipped to deal with patches of snow and water on the trail during our hike to Upper Loch Leven Lake on Saturday. This should be a beautiful hike and well worth our effort. This is a fairly strenuous hike but please don't let that scare you off smile
Duration: +4 hours
Distance: Upper Loch Leven, 8 miles (out and back)
Elevation Change: 5,680 to 6,850 (1,070 feet) USFS Loch Leven Trail Map Special Note: I stop often to take photos and enjoy the scenery during my hikes so please note that this hike will be at a reasonable pace. Also, consideration should be given to hikers of all abilities on this hike so when car pooling please take this into consideration. This will ensure an enjoyable time for everyone involved.


Trailhead:
The trail begins one-eighth mile east of Big Bend Visitor Center on old U.S. 40 (Big Bend exit off Interstate 80). A restroom is available at the trailhead. The trail begins across the road from the parking area. Trail Description:
The Loch Leven trail leaves the South Yuba river canyon, crossing the ridge above to reach the glacially formed Loch Leven lakes chain, small bowls in the granite. The trail works its way upward on a moderately steep grade to the southwest to the Union Pacific Rail Road tracks, then trends southeasterly. Granite outcroppings and glacial erratics are numerous along the first portion of the route, and the trail can be difficult to follow on the bare rock sections. As the trail ascends, it crosses minor hogbacks and depressions, generally trending upward. Near the railroad tracks, a small bridge spans a creek that flows swift and cold in early season. The railroad tracks are on the original 1860's route of the Central Pacific railroad, built by hand with Chinese labor, and it remains a major freight and passenger route in and out of California. After crossing the tracks, the trail becomes steeper, going from 6,000’ to 6,800’ in 1.25 miles. At the top of the ridge, the trail descends gradually into the Loch Leven lakes basin. The trail in the basin is primarily level, but follows the topography. Please remember to bring:
- A positive and adventurous attitude
- Plenty of water
- snacks and a lunch as we will eat and relax at Upper Loch Leven lake
- Appropriate clothing (bring your lightweight rain slicker in case of an autumn afternoon thunder storm) and shoes
- Mosquito repellent
- Sunscreen and hat For more information contact Dale Price @ (916)[masked] or by e-mail @ [masked].

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  • LaTrenda

    Great hike! Beautiful scenery.

    July 5, 2010

  • Elizabeth Z

    Beautiful day. I'm glad we started early, so the hills weren't too hot. The Lakes are a pretty reward for all that walking. Trail still had some melting/drying to do

    July 5, 2010

  • Diane

    Wonderful hike. The weather was perfect and as always, funny & friendly conversation along the way.

    July 5, 2010

  • Viera

    This was awesome hike! Thanks Dale :)

    July 4, 2010

  • Marsha R

    It was a great hike, beautiful lakes, and a joy sharing it with such friendly fellow hikers!
    Thank You!! Marsha

    July 4, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time there. It was beautiful. Started and finished at the perfect time too. The people coming up when we were coming down didn't look nearly as happy as us :)! I had a great leader too! I just stepped on every rock he did and was good to go!

    July 4, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    AWESOME HIKE! Thanks to everyone for making this a great hike ! ! ! !

    July 4, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet more members of the group, all good people. The hike was beautiful. Overall a good day =).

    July 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good show Dale. Thanks for pulling off another wonderful hike.

    July 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great hike Dale. The weather was perfect - the hike was absolutely wonderful.

    July 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hard but gorgeous! Thanks, Dale! Have a great 4th, everyone!

    July 3, 2010

  • Beccy

    We are meeting you at the trailhead. About what time do you think you would be there?

    July 1, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you think we will be back in town by 6pm?

    June 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to confirm. The number I posted below is the correct number. One more time for good measure. Nevada City Ranger Station. (530)[masked]

    June 28, 2010

  • Polly E.

    My sister and I did the hike last weekend with a few others and there was still alot of snow (emphasis). Many had to turn back but some of us made it to at least the ridge. Fewer still made it to the lake(s). What portion of the trail wasn't covered in snow was a creek.

    June 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Dale, just made it back from Tahoe so I didn't see your comments until now. Its the Nevada City Ranger Station. (530) 265-4531. That's the number from their website, but I think they gave me a different number when I called in, which is on my desk @ work. I'll check in the morning and post it. Hope that helps! C~

    June 27, 2010

  • Sandy S

    If anyone would you like to car pool from Placerville area to sun splash for meet up let me know. We could car pool all the way to trail head as well.

    June 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dale...just an FYI. The Loch Leven Lakes trail is still closed as of today (6/25) due to snow. The ranger station said it could "possibly" be open next weekend, but to call back to confirm next Friday. Let's hope the warm days this week help! :)

    June 25, 2010

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