Grouse Ridge Trail

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Grouse Ridge Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.6 miles 1686 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers

Directions from Nevada City: Travel east of Hwy. #20 for 19 miles and turn left onto Bowman Lake Road, which is four miles west of I-80 off State Hwy. #20. Travel north to the Graniteville Road, County Road #843, and bearing right. You will be following the road along Bowman Lake. After traveling 3.3 miles, turn right on Faucherie Lake Road and go 1.3 miles to the trailhead. The road is not recommended for low clearance vehicles.

1 month ago

The road to the actual trailhead is a pretty aggressive dirt/super rocky road. Not recommended to attempt if you don't have the appropriate vehicle. The mileage that is marked on the trailhead/junctions is also not accurate at all (makes for 1/2 to upper rock lake when it's actually more like 1 mile, etc).

2 months ago


This trail leads you past Middle lake, Shotgun Lake, and finally to Sawmill lake. Along the way are several small lakes, streams, meadows, and nice canyon river with small waterfalls off Shotgun lake. The trail is a mixture of well marked to "follow the cairns". The section from the junction to Penner lake down to Sawmill lake is a mess of fallen trees, but if you take your time and follow the cairns you will find Sawmill lake ok. Sawmill is a dam lake, but it is a unique dam as the ocvverflow forms a natural style waterfall. Lots of places to camp and a few steep sections, but overall a kid and dog friendly hike.

9 months ago

Beautiful views! My 7 year old had no problem keeping up :)

1 year ago


We did about 14 miles from Sawmill lake to Grouse ridge. A two and a half drive from my home in Quincy.

2 years ago

I have done this hike several times with a youth organization I volunteer with. There are several lakes that you come across as well as many different camping grounds you can hike into. I would definitely suggest it to people to try. Just avoid the holiday weekends as it is very near Lake Tahoe and can get a bit busy.