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Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Plumas National Forest

Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Blairsden Graeagle, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 531 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Plumas County might seem to have only three stoplights, but it has more than its fair share of great lakes to discover. An hour north of Truckee and a world away from the often busy Lake Tahoe traffic, the Lakes Basin is a tranquil escape full of beautiful lakes and great hiking opportunities. We've chosen ten mile loop trail which weaves around some of the prettiest lakes, provides some high ridgeline hiking with excellent vantage points and also links to a detour up the 7,812ft tall Mt. Ewell for those looking for even more challenges. Summer and early fall is the best time for a snow-free experience here in the Plumas National Forest, but this and similar routes can also be tackled on snowshoes as Gold Lake Highway is plowed throughout the winter. We've also provided a link in this guide to road conditions if you need to check winter access for yourself. Elevation Gain: - 2,400ft (from 6,300 - 7,500ft)

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

- An abundance of lakes means you'll find plenty of mosquitoes here in early summer, so remember to pack the bug repellent. - Camping is available at the nearby Lakes Basin campground.

Directions from Graeagle: Travel south on Hwy. #89 for approximately 1.5 miles and turn right onto Primary Forest Route #24. Travel west for approximately 5.5 miles and follow signs to the campground. The trailhead is at the end of the road past the Lakes Basin Campground.

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Thomas Clark
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Ryan Lewis
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Great trail, bit more intense than we expected but a lot of fun

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Aaron Zorndorf
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Excellent trail best bang for the buck up here in lakes basin. Five Lakes , picnicing,swimming great hiking some fishing available not too strenuous about 60 to 70% shaded

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Helena Zorndorf
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Amy Williams
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Don Marks
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This is a beautiful trail, we hiked with a dog and a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old. We went clockwise around the loop, swim at the round Lake, what a beautiful day!

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Carolina A.
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Beautiful trail with breathtaking deep blue alpine lakes. But lots of intersecting trails makes it easy to get off your designated trail. Read the signs carefully. My 11 and 9 year olds completed this trail

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Allie D
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Sally Freedlander
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A perfect way to spend a few hours. Beautiful views, including mountain peaks and blue-green lakes. Opportunities to fish, skip stones and throw in a fishing line. We even saw a couple of blue birds! Can’t wait to return.

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Tara Kowalke
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Gorgeous, peaceful and perfect early evening hike!

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Don Brown
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Tara Boehm
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This trail is a must. Period. End of story. Just do it :)

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Steven Hallam
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Got an early start and followed the Round Lake Loop in a clockwise direction. I think you keep a higher elevation and a bit easier to get to the high point of the trail near a former mining camp, then drop down to Round Lake and hit 5 more lakes on your loop back to the trailhead. There are some moderate sections as you drop down to Round Lake and Bear Lake, but we just took our time. We had a wonderful and quiet lunch at Silver Lake and thought the views at all six lakes was beautiful. We went on a Thursday and it seemed most people were hiking in a counter clock wise direction. One think we appreciated was very good trail signage which helped at some of the junctions. I don't think I ever saw or felt a mosquito on the entire hike. The All Trails map was spot on. Great day of hiking.

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Kiera Walker
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Really great hike! The majority of the hike is easy with a few, short moderate stretches. We did the entire loop and even though it was a Saturday and the parking lot was full, we only had to step off trail to let people go by a handful of times. There was no smoke which we were worried about since the fire is in the area.

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Stacy Grow
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This was a pretty easy trail, a few moderate bits. Loved the wildflowers in the meadows and the lake. We hiked about a mile to the lake and had a picnic lunch. My kids played in the water. I hiked a bit more around the lake, would have done the whole trail if alone. The lake wasn't too cold and there were plenty of people swimming. Bathrooms at the trail head. Not a lot of insects. Great spot!

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Crystal Au
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So many lakes! Swam in the big bear lake. No mosquitos and barely any bugs. The trail was marked very well with signs at each lake.

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Paula Louisse
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It was such a beautiful trail! There were so many lakes within the 4mi hike. I really enjoyed the beautiful view of the lakes and mountain.

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Beck Lee Untalasco
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Well maintained trail with lots to see; lakes, wildflowers, trees, and sweeping views. I did the hike counter clockwise so that the lakes were on the backend of the hike. However, if you’re just interested in getting to the lakes to swim or relax than clockwise would suit you better. It’s amazing how many lakes there are in and around this trail.

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Mark Seigworth
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Beautiful Lakes. The trail is in great shape. Lots of wildflowers. The lakes are easily accessible and surprisingly pleasant to swim in.

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Anastasia Fiehler
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Beautiful view. I recommend starting early and hike toward bear lake to start. Most people seem to hike toward round lake first. I got to enjoy the quiet and take in the blooming wild flowers. If you want an added view and a little more elevation, detour up after u start to see silver lake. Hiking up the switchback u can take in the full view of silver, bear and long lake from up there. Getting back on the trail there is some snow coming around silver lake but easy to navigate. Trail overall is rocky and easily manageable with a good pair of boots.

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Chelle R.
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Pretty easy, very scenic, and very beautiful. Saw many lakes and my kids enjoyed it too.

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rosie white
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Great loop, very scenic with lots of lakes in water and trees. It’s definitely more than 4 miles, probably much closer to five. And there were a lot of people.

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Diane L
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Beautiful trail with lots of water. I saw seven lakes and numerous ponds in a four mile loop! There was still a couple of snowfields along the shore of Round Lake, but easy to navigate. I took the loop clockwise but either way it is beautiful. Gorgeous day (June 11, 2020). And the bathroom at the trailhead is now open.

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Holly M
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This is such an amazing trail! The drive is long, but well worth it. The area in general is incredible and I would have loved to camp in the vicinity and done more day hikes. We hiked June 4th 2020 and there was still some snow across the designated trail. We lost the trail a couple of times when the snow blocked the path but it wasn't incredibly hard to navigate. The entire time, we only came across two other groups of hikers. The views are absolutely unbeatable!

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Brian Johnson
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This trail was amazing. Beautiful vistas, lots of lakes, snow still on the surrounding peaks. The trail is dog friendly. With campsites and lodging currently closed as of trip date 6/5/2020 due to COVID-19, the trail was lightly traveled. Patches of snow where located near the trail and a small section of the trail was still covered by snow which added some adventure since a slip would end up in a cold water swim in the lake. Snow covering the trail was not as bad as the previous posts, we never lost the trail, although we did pause in the snow-covered section to check our AllTrails map to confirm we were on course. Midday temperatures were comfortable 70’s. Another section of the trail had flooded due to snowmelt and 2 out of three of us ended up with wet shoes. Our 3 dogs, 2 golden doodles, and an Australian Sheppard were in doggy heaven off-leash, playing in snow patches and swimming in the lakes. Plenty of clean water sources for them to drink - they turned up their noses to the water we brought from home. Highly recommended hike, especially for bringing well-behaved dogs. Travel Tip: Turn off at the public restroom sign at Sierra City for a bathroom break. The restrooms are closed due to COVID-19 but there is a port-a-potty that is very clean + public WiFi is available - hotspot name and password posted in the window - good if you forgot to download your AllTrails maps or need to change your driving directions on google maps.

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Carol Rogers
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Great hike. Lots of lakes and ponds with no names. Had to traverse through several slopes of snow. Trekking poles came in handy. Lost trail a number of times due to melting snow but had down loaded trail map before so wasn’t lost for long. Wildflowers just beginning to appear.

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Hannah Q
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Beautiful hike, the views are amazing. Most of the trail is fairly flat. However as of May 24, 2020, it’s still quite snowy. Make sure wearing good hiking shoes. And if you’re like me (are clumsy) trekking poles are great too.

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