Loon Lake Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Loon Lake Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.7 miles 892 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips





wild flowers

15 days ago


We backpacked from Loon Lake trailhead to Rockbound Lake, 7 miles. Beautiful scenery but BEWARE: They put crushed rock and boulders on the trail from before Spider to Rockbound Lake that makes it very difficult to walk on, totally messed up the trail. WTF Forrest Service?

18 days ago

Great LONG hike we started early so it wasnt to bad with the sun we had a picnic at the edge of the lake it was Beautiful

1 month ago

Beautiful lake. Easy trail. Great views and lake front sites. Great for beginners and experienced backpackers alike.

5 months ago


Nice hike. The lake was very very low due to going right before winter this year. Nice hiking right next to the water for most of the hike. If you hike about 4 miles up you can cut over to spider lake which is very calm and pretty untouched due to it being small and no trail leading to it. You have to find your own way if you have a map very easy to find.

8 months ago

Nice hike out and back on Highland Trail to Shadow Lake from Van Vleck Equestrian area. Did about 10 miles round trip and caught some nice Brook Trout using nymph flies.

8 months ago

11 months ago

Beware! It is 5.4 miles one way, making 11 miles round trip, not out and back! all be it beautiful cuz you are in the woods, plan trip accordingly! we were disappointed that through the app, using Google maps, it took us out forest road 36,gate closed adding 2 miles round trip. if you go straight to campground and park at wilderness parking, trail from loon to Spider Lake is about 9 mile round trip.

1 year ago


Beautiful hike. We made it to the cove near where the tunnel flows into Loon Lake. Only a handful of people. Love how remote this area is. Can't wait to come back for an overnight at Pleasant Campground.

2 years ago


We thoroughly enjoyed our hike at Loon Lake Trail yesterday. We had outstanding conditions and thoroughly enjoyed the trail, the hike, and the day! The trail is VERY well marked and maintained. I wore shorts, and will wear longer (convertible) pants next time I go as there are lots of low-lying shrubs along the narrow trail and my legs got a bit scratched up. We had planned on going all the way to Spider lake, but we misjudged our timing, so that'll have to wait for another time ... Sometime soon!

2 years ago


Loon Lake to Spider Lake: Loon Lake is located about 28 miles up Ice House Road in the Eldorado Nation Forest (not in Pollock Pines). Worth the drive for this approximate 8.5 mile (moderate)hike. The first 3.8 follows the South side of Loon Lake to a moderate climb up and over to the West side of Spider Lake. A gentle scramble down to a beautiful, quiet lake good for hanging out, swimming, and/or camping. For those that wish to go on ... there are more possibilities. Be sure to stop at the Visitor info station about 10 miles before Loon Lake to pick up your free map!This will help hikers and campers avoid the Rubicon and the Off Road trails!

3 years ago


Did this hike out so the boat campground camp and stayed he night. Pretty easy hike lots of nice views of he lake.

5 years ago


Backpacked to boat in camp, Very nice but had to put up with loud 4x4 trucks at midnite on Rubicon trail.