Mount Elwell Loop Trail is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near Clio, CA and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from June until October.
This hike has it all --lakes, wildflowers, creeks, ferns, shade and sun, waterfalls, and butterflies. Even in mid-July, it was green and lush and in full bloom. Cool breezes on the top of Elwell. This app says "No dogs," but there were other dogs on the trail -including ours. Take your dog! We took a side trip cross country and found Hidden Lake. Not sure why there isn't a trail to this lake. It's not far from Maiden Lake, and it's gorgeous. I've included pictures of it as well as the other lakes you'll see on this amazing hike.
I love everything about this trail! The lakes, the views, lack of lot of people, trail, etc!