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Rebecca Rogers reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Jeremy Schmitz reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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This is a great spot and beautiful. Parking at the lot gets crowded early so I got there before 8:45. Snowshoeing with a couple inches of fresh powder overnight and several spots where the trail was only a remnant of any previous visitors. This would normally be an easy trail but snowshoeing I’d say it’s at least moderate. If you are going up the climb to round top, it is a hard route.

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Bob Randel reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Rebecca Rogers reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Melissa Fletcher reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Very cold today!! Lots of fresh powder. I forgot to record at the beginning so we did more like 3.5 miles. It was tough.

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Tony Hoefner reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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hike to the west summit.

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Gregory Garrity reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Mike Lommatzsch reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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John Ingvoldstad Memorial @ Frog Lake; ashes @ east end of Frog Lake below Elephant Back

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Great expansive views. Not too hard.

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Angela Thompson-Entwistle reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Wow!

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Michael Moncini reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Amazing hike

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CV Shaffer reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Perfect trail!

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Jerry Hubbard reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Henry Sicat reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Beautiful views along this trail. Parking is a problem if you get there late in the morning. There is a $5 fee per vehicle. It was August 15 and wildflowers are no longer in bloom but there are still some to see. This trail should be labelled moderate in my opinion, the last mile or so to round top lake is all incline.

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Rick Williams reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Cubblesnickles . reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Cameron Frei-Allen reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Moira Fagan Simpson reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Great trail

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Deza Quintos reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Mike Siders reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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What a beautiful trail! For how short this is, the payoff is unreal. Amazing views of Round Top and the lakes along the way are great. This is pretty easy but the final mile to Round Top lake is a bit harder because you are at 9K elevation. Looking forward to exploring this area a lot more in the future. As mentioned, there's a $5 parking fee for day use and get there early, this is an extremely popular trail it seems. Got there a little late around 9AM and it was already packed.

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Beautiful lakes and fields of wildflowers. Get there early as parking is limited. Fairly busy trail to Lake Winnemucca, less busy beyond. Most everyone practiced social distancing and were courteous. Still had patches if snow off the trail. Lakes are gorgeous. Shade on first section of trail only so keep that in mind. We had a gorgeous day with a wonderful breeze. Be aware it’s pretty high elevation if you are sensitive to elevation.

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Kiera Hansen reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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great trail, can be steep at points so I wouldn't reccomend it for people who are beginner hikers. be careful if you intend to go sometime soon, I spotted a bear cub between the Winnimuca and Carson side of the loop on 07/14/20.

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Brad Friederichs reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Woods Lake Trailhead to Round Top Lake to Winemucca Lake to Carson Pass back to Woods Lake Trailhead. Last leg via Emigrant trail along Hwy 88. Total 7.7 miles

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Rita Cwalina reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Magnificent views and beautiful wildflowers

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Tanzin Sopa reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Great hike with lot of wild flowers, lakes , creek and stunning views

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Jordan Card reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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Really beautiful hike!! Definitely a hike to do early or later in the afternoon as there’s not a whole lot of tree coverage at high-noon. Lush green meadows the whole way and flowers in blooom.

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jimmy dean reviewed Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
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I live in Oregon, 20 miles from the Cascade Mountains and high Lakes. I think is the best hike I've ever done. Walk around Frog Lake, the view from the far side is breathtaking, and the view back towards Frog Lake with the mountain peaks in the background is a great look as well. Wildflowers were plentiful although I thinks it's 2 weeks+/- from the peak. Winnemucca is stunningly clear, with massive granitic mountain peaks looming above it with some small waterfalls just below them feeding the lake. Wildflowers in the foreground. Last mile up to Round Top lake is steeper, but so worth it. Another stunning lake with peaks all around. Take a quick walk north towards Lake of the Woods (I think it's called) for a great view of a massive valley with 2 more lakes in the distance. 5 min walk is all. Our app said total hike was 9.8 miles the way I mentioned it, starting at the overflow parking. If you do one hike and can handle 9 miles and elevation gain, do this one. Please, stay on trail. Lots of flowers being walked on by off trail jaunts. Please, respect the space, this place is special.

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