Maggie Lakes Trail is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.
We did the entire 18.1 mile trail in one day. Did it in 5:35 hrs of moving time but we stopped and enjoyed the scenery. Beautiful!!!!
Awesome hike!!!! Lots of beautiful views especially on top of the summit. We used the summit trailhead to get to the lakes. I really enjoyed this hike because it challenged me physically. It's the longest hike I have ever done and I can't wait to go back. Defiantly put this trail on your to do list.
Went out to Maggie Lakes with my girlfriend, Cheryl, and dog for an extended weekend and was the best trip we have been on to date. We live in San Diego and don't get too many opportunities to see the big trees and mountains, so it was well worth the 6 hour drive up. We went in August, so it was pretty hot on top of it already being a severe drought year and we were excited to see a "real" lake that hadn't completely dried up yet. The lakes were amazing and there were a good amount of trout biting in the second lake up the hill from our campsite. The third, and largest, lake was completely absent of any other people, so we had a great time fishing, sunning, swimming, and playing with the dog in the cold alpine water.
The area around the lakes is magnificent and I recommend exploring off the beaten path a bit. We didn't have a GPS or anything, just our compass, map, and a general idea of the landscape and we were completely fine getting around and even found an old hunting and fishing camp that had been in the same family for over a hundred years! We met the owners while out exploring and they were incredibly nice, they even gave us some special bait for the trout (who were not being very cooperative up to that point). When we got back Cheryl was super excited to try her luck with the "special" bate so she and the dog went fishing while I tried my luck at Maggie Mountain which had been mocking me all weekend from our campsite....Turned out to be one of the highlights of my weekend! If you have experience scrambling and feel confident soloing without any safety lines I say "go for it!" There were a few areas I couldn't spot and ended up having to retrace my steps (an action I do NOT recommend), but overall it was a fairly moderate rock scramble until the last 100 feet where there were some pretty sketchy traverses and a few straight-up jumps over a gap from one rock to another where you had to grab on or fall down a pretty nasty drop onto a rock slide. But, when I got to the top I saw one of the most beautiful views in my life of Golden Trout Wilderness and into Sequoia National Park. When I came down Cheryl had caught us few keepers and we had an amazing trout dinner under the stars.
The next day we packed up camp took one last view of the area and hiked out. We took our time hiking out and stopped a few times at the meadows along the way and played out Cheryl's The Sound of Music dreams while running through the meadows, haha. I can't wait to go back and try our luck fly fishing in the Kern River!
Completed it this weekend as a backpack, spent the night at the northernmost lake. It was a challenge both ways, but doable - slow and steady. I was with a large group (15), it took us 5 hours to get to the lake, then we decided to summit North Maggie Mtn at just over 10K ft. (approx 3.5 rt from camp) Well worth it - the views were epic. Afternoon clouds were rolling in as we got to the summit and we made it about half way back down before the thunderstorm started. .. we cooled off with some rain and hail, and it cleared up shortly after we got back to camp. The weather was perfect this time of year, lake was chilly but invitingly so - and mosquitos were pretty much nonexistent! Couple small creek crossings on the well-maintained trail. Elevation gain at a glance might be deceiving as it's up / down all the way in, it's not a steady ascent of 1500 ft over 9 miles. But there's lots of shade on the hike, which was appreciated on the way in and out. Overall, a really great weekend backpacking experience, if i had one more day out there, it would have been nearly perfect. Highly recommended if you want a challenging overnighter, close to LA area - but far enough to feel like you're really getting away.
Hiked this trail in July 2013 and weather was great. Mosquitos weren't a big problem. Going up the total ascent ascent is actually 3700' with about a 2900' descent. Based on my tracker the total length is 22.5 miles.
Maggie Lakes is nice, but, a bit of a hike for some. It is beautiful. About one mile short of the lake is a nice stream where you can camp. Supplies were once flown into the A-frame about a half-mile up the road to the north, but, I think the B&B went out of business. There are hungry rainbow trout in the Lakes. Be careful of false banks in the back near the fallen trees. You can fall through into 5 feet of very cold water, if you step off the log. Note: If you don't want to hike that far, Mowery Meadow is nice. You can hike down the hill to the creek and catch small golden trout in pools as small as a few feet across.
This is a good well maintained trail. After the big snow year last year where it took down alot of trees those have been all cleared away. Its 9 miles one way to the lakes and it is a beautiful spot to camp and fish and there are peaks to bag in the area also.