Burnside Lake Trail

HARD 3 reviews

Burnside Lake Trail is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Markleeville, CA that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

6.8 miles 2762 feet Out & Back




trail running
3 months ago

This is 5.5 miles one way with about 2.5 miles climbing 2,500 feet (11 miles rounds trip according the signage at the hot springs). The Manzanitas near the top are pretty overgrown, some over my head, so the trail needs some work but we didn't see one person on it (besides up at the lake) and it has stunning views. Most of it is very steep so bring plenty of water - we ended up filling up a bottle in the creek up top and thankfully didn't have any GI issues after it.

2 years ago

5 years ago

Assuming that this is the trail that begins in the Grover Hot Springs State Park and spirals its way up to Burnside Lake, the trail is well built and not too busy. It is very steep and most people only make it to the falls just outside the campgrounds before meandering back. I was rather disappointed with the hike in terms of final destination. We were new to the area and unaware that the lake is accessible by vehicles.After scrambling our way to the top, we were expecting something of a beautiful lake or a nice viewpoint. Burnside is dusty and crowded with people who accessed the lake from Hope Valle.y. Big let-down. The views are in the ascent so if you Go, make sure that you stop along the way and absorb the scenery instead of rushing to the top. I remember a section of the trail near the top that had a poor creek crossing in early summer, in which I was crossing a wet log and fell in, so be careful in watching for where the correct trail crossing is.