Great loop to take. Hiking or Horseback riding from the parking area at Bucks summit. Following the PCT to Spanish Peak Lookout. (Great place to have lunch) The View is awesome up there. Take plenty of photos. The continue back to the PCT continuing north bound to the Right Hand Creek trail.
This is a nice trail the few people use. This trail crosses Right Hand Creek trail a few times. It has plenty of switch backs coming down to Bucks Lake intersecting the Mill Creek trail. If riding horseback be careful here the upper crossings are NOT horse friendly instead of taking the first trail to the left .. go to the right take the lower trail then turn back left and cross closer to the lake out of the big bolders which is much safer. Beautiful ride or hike
What a beautiful trail which follows along the shore line most of the way. Right hand creek crossing is good for hikers to cross but not for horseback riders. If Im riding i drop back down the trail and use the lower crossing in the creek where the rocks are smaller with a gravel base. This section needs to have some branches cut back but you can cross here safely with horses. Note: if the lake is full it will make it harder to see or to cross this section until later in the summer. However if you do cross you will come out just a few yards from Right Hand Creek trail that leads to Bucks Summit. If you continue along the lake it will take you to Mill Creek where again you will have a creek crossing, follow the trail on the other side to mill Creek campground or turn right uphill continuing your trip on the mill creek trail to the PCT / Tree Lakes. Beautiful country with few people on the trail.
Steep but well maintained. This trail takes you through a beautiful section of the Plumas National Forest. At the top you get a very rewarding view. I recommend hiking early in the morning as several sections of the trail do not offer much shade when the sun is high in the sky. This hike is fairly difficult because of the steep grade, but don't let that discourage you. It is worthwhile.
Danielle S. on Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trai...
Beautiful trail, very easy, with the reward of a lovely waterfall and viewing deck. Must do early Spring (snow patches) through mid-summer (the falls dry up). The ADA accessibility is a unique element, obviously making it more crowded, but not at all challenging for hiker types. It's still worth it for all nature lovers and serves as a very inclusive activity.
The only reason I give it 4 stars is because of the negligence of the dog owners as far as disposing of their waste. I was shocked at how many "baggies" and "piles" there were along the trails. Shameful!
Very rewarding hike with frequent views and inviting lakes for a swim or picnic spot. If you are doing the loop, I recommend going out of the Round Lake Trailhead/Gold Lake Lodge and going clockwise. It's 1.5 miles to Round Lake and then lake after lake the ready of the way. a total of about 5 miles. If you're looking for a shorter version, go out of Long Lake Trailhead, it's called the Bear Lakes Trailhead from that location. Lots of options from there.
Did this trail today for the first time...WOW!! WHAT A GORGEOUS TRAIL!" I highly recommend doing this simply enjoyable "stroll" to see the waterfall(best in springtime), you won't regret it. Bring a lunch, there are picnic tables and nice bothrooms at the trail head. Benches along the paved path. Great for kid strollers, wheelchairs, and slow walkers/small children.
K. G. on Gold Lake Trail
Beautiful once you get there; there is about a 6 mile dirt road to this trail from the Silver Lake Road. Additionally, there were lots of downed trees and it made following the trail a little difficult in some areas.
We summited from Silver Lake. What a beautiful day hike! The trail is clearly marked. Just pack a light lunch-- Quest Bars, beef jerky and WATER will suffice. Bring trekking poles. Not a must, but definitely make the descent easier.
Regarding technology.... Verizon and, believe or not, AT&T cellular coverage is obtainable at 5 to 6,000 foot level. No Pokemon-Go here!!! Please!!
The only big animals we saw were Labrador Retrievers. No "Big Cats." BTW, the Labs were service dogs. Mountain Lions tend to live in the mountains....;)
Whoop...Whoop... Keep on hiking....