Lake Margaret Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Lake Margaret Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kirkwood, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles 508 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

washed out


1 day ago

hiking

The most amazing hike I've ever been on. This is a must do! Being bug-spray, plenty of water and plenty of time - you can't rush this beauty.


2 days ago

Short trail, beautiful flowers, stars were bright at night!


2 days ago

This was a relatively short hike but very nice. There are six of us with 3 tents so it was a little difficult to find one spot big enough. There aren't very many spots on this lake for overnight camping but if you venture off the shoreline a little ways you will find multiple spots. I would not let this deter you because it's very beautiful lake and the hike is pleasant. The water was relatively warm. The parking lot is not very big and if it is a busy weekend, good luck. We had to park on the highway off to the side and walk down to the trailhead


9 days ago


9 days ago

hiking

had a great time. we went when the path was covered in snow and got cut off just before the halfway point so decided to revisit this last weekend. super fun lots of terrain change and the last leg before the lake is the kicker.


13 days ago

camping

Great


15 days ago

backpacking

Had a great first backpacking trip w my kids. Perfect for first timers. Definitely pay attention for trail markers. Warm enough for swimming.


17 days ago

hiking

Great hike. Lots of reward. Would be great hike for kids even if you cut it short and didn't make the lake. Our 9 and 12 y/o's had a blast. Kirkwood Inn restaurant was cool way to end day.


22 days ago

backpacking

Moderate hike with a really beautiful lake you can take a dip in. The hike isn't too long and it's incredibly rewarding when you get to the lake. Do it!


23 days ago

A fabulous trail! Bring you bathing suit as the lake feels terrific!


24 days ago

hiking

Outstanding - lots of variety on the trail.


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Absolutely beautiful hike ! Highly recommend !!!!


1 month ago

hiking

This was a fun, relatively short hike with some ups and some downs! Lots of flowers, mushrooms, and river crossings. We only did this as a day hike, so I'm not sure how easy some of those crossings would be with +/-30lbs on your back. But I plan on trying it! Lake Margaret is small, but very pretty and has lots of very nice camping spots. Can't wait to go back!


1 month ago

hiking

It was awesome. Quite a variety of scenery and terrain. Trying to find out what the giant billboard is on the north east side of the mountain.


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful late Spring day today. We only saw a few people on the trail. The lake is pretty and clear blue water with wonderful rock outcroppings.


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail; water levels high and some swift moving water - my dog nearly was swept away in one of the water crossings when she decided she wanted to swim rather than take the "bridge" - be careful with your pups and keep them on the trail for the water crossings when the water is high.


3 months ago

Above average for those looking for a fairly short hike. With so many other trails available nearby, this didn't rock is. Lake Margaret itself is small by nearby standards.


4 months ago

hiking

Great trail with different challenges along the way, but all are easily passable. The trail has some rocky areas that can be a bit steep. There are also some marshy so be prepared to get a little wet or muddy. Great little lake with excellent hammock spots! One of the best.


5 months ago

hiking

This is a favorite of mine due to the variations in terrain, wildflowers and beautiful lake. A great hike!