Sardine Lakes is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sierra City, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from December until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
We camp in this area every fall, and it's gorgeous. No swimming in Lower Sardine; but once you get up to the upper lake, it's all yours and freeeeeezing! Gorgeous though - the views are indescribable and so peaceful!
I live in Truckee and this hike gives you some of the best views in the area. Lower Sardine Lake has cottages and bathrooms. Upper Sardine has nothing, if you are looking for the BEST views and the least people go to Upper Sardine Lake.