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Crooked Lakes Loop in the Grouse Ridge Area - About 10.3 Miles - Moderate

This is going to be about a 10 mile loop in the Grouse Ridge area.  There will be a host of small lakes we will pass, and I'm looking to swim in at least one of them.  A few of us tried part of this hike a few weeks ago, but rain and wind kind of shortened the event.  So here we go again for a longer version.  The trail head is at about 7,500 ft and the lowest point of the hike is around 6,300.

 

If you sign up, please send me an email confirming that you are going to go. No shows are not appreciated! Please keep your RSVPs up to date so others may go if you can't.  If you can't go please un-RSVP by 12:00 the day before so those on the waiting list have time to respond.

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING (Copied and pasted from from Allan Wiesman's meetups...): Cotton not recommended. 2 liters water, (I will have purification), light rain shell or fleece jacket for warmth in case of thunderstorms, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent.  There will be mosquitoes.

 

Directions to trailhead

I-80 eastbound 
Exit Hwy 20 westbound 
Go about 5 or 6 miles on Hwy 20 
Go north on Bowman Lake Road for about 6 miles

Just past the PG&E camp, turn south (right) on the Grouse Ridge Lookout road. The road becomes dirt & gravel. While 4WD isn't required during the summer, it's good to have a vehicle with relatively high clearance...lots of potholes, rocks, bumps. In spring/early summer or after an early snowfall, don't risk it in anything but 4WD. It will probably take at least 25 min. to drive the last 6 miles on the dirt road. Keep left, beyond the Grouse Ridge Campground, to the trailhead parking lot.

 

If anyone has any questions just give me a call!  [masked]

 

 


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  • Barbara

    Beautiful scenery and lovely lakes. Not crowded, which is a big plus and allowed us to enjoy the splendor around us.

    July 14, 2013

    • Eric T

      Hey you, did you get my email address: [masked] Where..are..those..pics?­

      July 15, 2013

  • Lori/Lorraine

    Great hike Andrew, thank you! Nice weather, few bugs, and countless beautiful lakes... Penner Lake made for ideal swimming.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Ron R

    So many lakes. And so many swimmers! Beautiful area.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • marbar

    Perfect hike! Loved the area and the fast-paced group that formed up front. Lovely day

    Thank you Andrew

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Pam

    Great hike and scenery that I enjoyed very much along with a great group of hikers! Thanks Andrew!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hello all. Thank you for coming on the hike. I think we nailed it weather-wise, and hit some beautiful lakes! And thanks to Eric for turning me on to this area years ago. Sorry about all that uphill at the end though, I'll try to watch out for that kind of stuff in the future. And glad everyone FINALLY made it out okay. Take care and I hope to see you all soon.

    July 14, 2013

  • Vince M

    Smashed up truck after gassing up for hike. Don't want my bad mood to rub off on others.

    July 13, 2013

    • Andrew

      Oh man, sorry to hear that. I hope it's not too bad.

      July 14, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Sorry Vince. Wish you the best.

      July 14, 2013

  • Shannon B 👣

    So many lakes, so little time to swim in them all...unless you're James that is.

    July 14, 2013

  • Eric T

    Nice job Drew...great day..a lot of nice peeps. beautiful country

    July 14, 2013

  • Eric T

    Hey Barb, dont forget pics. sorry we forgot to exchange emails. [masked]

    July 14, 2013

  • Craig O.

    Again, another great hike and the swim was really nice.

    July 14, 2013

  • James

    So many lakes, so little time! Thank you Andrew for a wonderful swim. The hiking was exceptional too. The panoramic scenery was breathtaking!

    July 14, 2013

  • James

    Linda and I will neet everyone at the trailhead.

    July 14, 2013

    • Andrew

      See you up there!

      July 14, 2013

  • Ron R

    See you at the trailhead.

    July 14, 2013

    • Andrew

      See you there.

      July 14, 2013

  • Curt

    I would like to meet at the trail head as well. What time will everyone be there (after meeting the others at sun splash)?

    July 13, 2013

  • Cathy H

    I got a ride and may end up meeting you at the trail head, so don't worry if I'm not at Sunsplash. See ya soon!

    July 13, 2013

    • Andrew

      Okay, we'll see you up there Cathy.

      July 13, 2013

  • Doug G

    Can I get a ride with someone? I'm in Loomis and do not have 4WD, but can travel a reasonable distance to meet a ride. Thanks

    July 13, 2013

  • Shannon B 👣

    Confirming for myself and Bert. We will be there! Bert with GPS in hand and both of us willing to sweep or assist in any way.

    July 12, 2013

    • Andrew

      Awesome. Glad you're coming Shannon.

      July 12, 2013

    • Eric T

      Shannon, glad youre going, we have to stop meeting like this! But I love it!!!! Hey Bert glad you are going too.

      July 13, 2013

  • Curt

    Driving up the the Auburn area tonight and was looking for something to do.

    July 13, 2013

  • Cathy H

    If I can get a ride with someone.

    July 13, 2013

  • marbar

    May i bring a dog on thbis hike? He is good on the trail and with people and other dogs.

    July 13, 2013

    • Andrew

      Absolutely, and it looks like your dog will make two.

      July 13, 2013

  • Christina J

    Committing to it now since i missed mt Rose today.

    July 13, 2013

  • marbar

    May i bring a dog on thbis hike? He is good on the trail and with people and other dogs.

    July 13, 2013

  • Craig

    I need to be back at SunSplash no later than 3:30. Is there anyone else who wants to get back a little early?

    July 13, 2013

  • William J K.

    I'll be there for sure

    July 12, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Hey Andrew, may I ride with you?

    July 12, 2013

    • Andrew

      Sorry Rebecca, I'm almost certain I have a full car.

      July 12, 2013

  • Tina

    About what time will we be back? How long is the hike?

    July 12, 2013

  • Will L

    A "maybe" at this point

    July 11, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Hi Will, Love you and all, but this is a limited hike. You should not RSVP for a "maybe".

      July 12, 2013

  • Eric T

    Hey Dale, you really gonna make this one?

    July 11, 2013

  • Eric T

    And what might those bee?

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Christina J

    I'm not RSVPing...but I may go anyway. I get special privileges :)

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are dogs allows?

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, actually, she BEAUTIFUL....lol, i hope she doesn't intimidate the other dogs...lol...only kidding of course...:-)

      July 11, 2013

    • Andrew

      Funny. Can't wait to meet her!

      July 11, 2013

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