Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Plumas-Eureka State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Can't get enough of this area, so beautiful. If you do the whole loop, the other side of Long lake the trail is big rocks. My pup and i didn't mind for that's the part hiking is it's elements. ( did this lake before and always plenty of dogs on trails)But if you want to go clockwise and take Bear lake trail it would put you just coming up the otherside to Mt Elwell. Steep in areas but manageable and well worth the views. The top of Mt. Elwell is some rock climbing, again my pup and I did it and it just depends on your ability, but view from the top was amazing. Also get a sneak peak of Jamison Lake on the backside . Hike definitely didn't disappoint.

I really enjoyed this trail! Super scenic area and the trail was easy to follow. I extended the loop a bit further by hiking off the backside of Elwell. Only saw one other person the entire journey. Really made for a great afternoon of adventure.

Great hike. Take the big bear loop clock wise great little lakes and beautiful scenery
To many Big rocks to hike over on the path after Mt Elwell around long lake
If we did this again would hike to and from on the big bear lake trail as a up and back we wouldn’t go around long lake the trail is horrible way to rocky and no scenery except at the lake other than the mountain of rock we hiked over it was a great hike

Did the loop in mid-August and was not disappointed. Amazing views around Long Lake and atop Mt Elwell. Worth a dip in the lake at the end! You are quite exposed throughout the hike so wear your sunscreen.

5 months ago

We were under the impression you needed a high clearance vehicle to reach the trail head and Eureka lake. We started in the parking lot. Great hike. Awesome views of Mt. Lassen and the Sierra Buttes. Here is the link to our video of Eureka peak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYvtOBPZp30

6 months ago

Backpacked this loop July 2018. I did it with my 14 year old son and his friend. We started at the Smith Lake Trailhead near Gray Eagle Lodge and went towards Long Lake. Our first night was at Wades Lake ~8 mile hike. Wow, the scenery was incredible and we saw very few people. On the way to Smith Lake we swam in Grass Lake - another beautiful alpine lake. We then headed to Smith Lake but made a wrong turn and ended up at the Jamison Campground and had a half mile backtrack to the Smith Lake trail. The Smith Lake trail was a lot of uphill and in the sun. We spent the second night at Smith and then headed back to the truck Sunday morning.

Would definitely do this again. Rocky trail is challenging. Hike up to Mt. Elwell is steep. Forged some streams. Experienced some snowpack on the way and at the top. Lots of diverse topography. We were tired.

The view is dope

Sunday, October 08, 2017

We really enjoyed this hike with our three children (ages 11, 9 & 9). It was moderate, but challenging for the family. The prize at the top is worth it. Agree with another reviewer that the loop is not well marked at the top so it was an out and back for us, too.

This is the most similar recording to the actual hike that I did, which I started up the Mt Elwell trail on the North flank starting at Smith Lake, and, then back down to the Gray Eagle Lodge on the Long Lake Trail. But, because of the late snow this year, it was very hard going up; I lost my trail and hiked on deep, steep snow for 3/4 of a mile.

This is a top five favorite for me! Very magical hike no doubt!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This hike is beautiful, with stunning views at the top. It's not well marked, but the peak as the destination makes it fairly intuitive. The "loop" part was unclear, so it became an out and back for me, which was still great. I would rate this moderate to difficult as far as incline.

This is a great hike particularly if part of the group just wants to hang out at Eureka Lake while others hike. The road to the trailhead has improved drastically, making it more appealing as a hiking option.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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.

Friday, September 05, 2014

I love everything about this trail! The lakes, the views, lack of lot of people, trail, etc!

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