Lake Margaret Trail

MODERATE 69 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

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, weather was perfect, fellow hikers and backpackers seem to all have smiles on their faces. Peace & LOVE. UPCOUNTRY Hiker.

hiking
7 days ago

This was a beautiful trail albeit a little rocky. I would recommend a walking stick if you have weak ankles. Some of the trail as in other reviews is hard to follow so you can easily get off track if not paying attention. For a Sunday it was pretty quiet. I think I only ran into less than 10 other hiking groups and most had dogs. The parking lot was full and I got there around noon. I was able to make a spot and the trail itself wasn't crowded. There are nice rivers/creeks towards the beginning and the lake was beautiful but smaller. I would highly recommend hitching an immediate right when you get to the lake and hike up the rocks. There's a beautiful viewpoint up there and the breeze makes for a nice resting point. It was also quieter up there since most folks stayed real close to the water. This trail is approved by 3 doggies and a human!

16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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

2 months 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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

camping
2 months ago

Great

backpacking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Outstanding - lots of variety on the trail.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike ! Highly recommend !!!!

hiking
3 months ago

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!