Round Lake Trail is a 6.2 mile out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from August until September.
Directions from Nevada City: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for approximately 19 miles and turn left onto Bowman Road towards Bowman/Spaulding Lakes. Travel north and turn east at the Lindsey Lake, Freely Lake, Carr Lake sign. Follow the signs to Carr Lake and park. Continue on by foot to Feeley Lake where the trail starts.At its eastern end the Round Lake Trail comes off the Grouse Ridge Trail.
We loved this hike! Parked at the Carr/Feeley Lake campground parking lot- best to have a high clearance vehicle for the last couple miles up this road- we have a small suv and it was fine but would be rough in a car. There is a pit toilet inside the campground (not at the parking area) along Carr Lake. We started our hike a lot later than planned so we didn't make it to Round Lake but there was plenty to see in the short distance we hiked. We stopped at Carr Lake, Feeley Lake, Delany Lake (more like a pond - with catfish:), an unnamed lake (next to Island Lake), and Island Lake. Feeley lake and Island lake are beautiful. I could hang out there all day. We had a little bit of a traffic jam near Feeley Lake- we met up with a herd of cows along the trail:) Many of them wear cowbells so if you hear the sound of bells in the distance (sounds more like windchimes) the cows are near:) Such a nice surprise and a great memory:) There are so many beautiful lakes in such a short distance- we will definitely be coming back to see them all! Highly recommended:)
A good hike. Pretty easy. The lake is nice
Loooooooved this hike! We went with our son in the Kelty carrier when he was one, and it was a blast! We stopped for lunch at the edge of the lake and then hiked back, as our son was tired. He wasn't up for the full 4 miles yet. But we'll definitely be going again this year now that he is older!
This is one of our favorite areas to hike! Passing several lakes along the way are gorgeous! Great swimming holes. We have done it in the snow a few times too, have seen many tents scattered in little nooks in the rock and desire to back pack in some time. There are miles and miles to wander around, we've been doing several hikes every summer in this area.
A great hike. There are plenty of places to camp of you want to do this as a backpacking trip. Take time to enjoy the views as there are several lakes in the area. Also, go prepared for fishing or swimming. The water can be pretty chilly but also nice and refreshing. The trail is also not very crowded so you can really enjoy all that is around you.
I camped at Carr Lake campground this weekend and took a hike on the Round Lake trail. My goodness it was absolutely gorgeous! The trail is well marked and easy to follow. there were quite a few hikers and backpackers, but that was expected for a holiday weekend. I stopped at Island Lake for a bit to check out the beautiful lake and the continued on all the way to the end where you can either go right for the grouse ridge lookout or left for the glacier lake trail. I decided to continue on to glacier lake. Along the way there were some spectacular panorama views. It was breathtaking! After island lake the trail gets very rocky and that was a bit tough on my feet, but good hiking boots make all the difference. I look forward to doing this again and maybe backpacking in to some of the awesome sites I saw other people set up at!
Really beautiful area with a few lakes to site see and fish in. I went late march and there was about 2 feet of snow still. Very serene and beautiful scenery but people should know that it would be safest to take a vehicle with 4wd for the last 4 miles of rocky and bumpy road that also has a couple feet of snow further up. Definitely wouldn't want to get stuck out there without cell service.
This is a good day hike if you want to go up Grouse Ridge, but don't want to just drive up there, it also looks like another good starting point for a loop up to Shotgun Lake or whatever, the signs are not very informative so it's a good idea to bring a map. In this case we did Grouse and back, where the trail follows the north side of the ridge through fairly flat parkland past a number of lakes. The trails are easy to follow so long as you can avoid a number of false trails leading off into nothing, these have logs laid across them so watch for that. Most of the elevation gain is in the last half mile or so after the junction with Grouse Ridge Trail, so it is fairly steep. It was all bare dirt with a few rocky sections, so it would probably be fairly easy to mountain bike out to the Glacier Lake or something in a day as well. There was also a bunch of cows with bells everywhere.
We did this on Labor Day weekend (not on purpose), and the trailhead at Carr lake was like a parking lot, with cars parked all along the road and people everywhere, and lots of backpackers out on the trail. The road there is not too steep and clearance is not a problem, but it is covered with loose rocks the whole way - doable in a sedan if you are careful and have decent tires. Overall very nice area, I'll have to go back when there's not so many people.