Lake Margaret Trail

MODERATE 65 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


10 days ago

hiking

Hiked this trail with my dog on a Thursday. The trail was in good condition and the river crossing was very easy. When we got to the lake, there was nobody else there. Since I knew more people wouldbe coming shortly, we headed to the west side of the lake climbing over the granite rocks to get there. We had a nice cove to ourselves for swimming and lunch. I hung up the hammock and relaxed for a while before heading back. This is a beautiful lake and if you can get here on a quiet day, it is wonderful.


17 days ago

If your looking for quite, serene and relaxing- don't come here on the weekends!!

Beautiful per usual however there was an awful influx of incredibly rude people at the lake. People were laying on the trails thus making it hard to pass, walking through people's camps with little to no regard of their tents, packs and personal items. Rafters (yup people brought in rafts) were being inconsiderate on the water to fishermen. There had to be in excess of 100 people in and around the lake which is a huge contrast to the past. I'm all for shared space and enjoying the beauty, relaxing and taking it all in but it's hard to do yourself when there is so much chaos.

Probably better to do this on a day (s) off during the week to really enjoy the beauty and take it all in.


17 days ago

hiking

Great hike with the dog. I'd suggest getting there early, as the parking lot fills up pretty fast. It was empty at about 10am and packed when I hiked out at noon or so.

Lot's of other folks had hiking poles which might be necessary at certain points for people to keep their balance. However, overall it was a pretty simple hike with only a few water crossings.

Might be good to take a map as I bumped into a few people who kept getting mildly lost and going off the trail.


29 days ago

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


29 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


1 month ago


1 month 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.


1 month ago

camping

Great


1 month 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.


1 month 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.


1 month 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!


1 month ago

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


1 month ago

hiking

Outstanding - lots of variety on the trail.


1 month ago


2 months ago

hiking

Absolutely beautiful hike ! Highly recommend !!!!


2 months 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!


2 months 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.


2 months 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.


2 months 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.


4 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.