Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trail

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Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately 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.

4.1 miles 643 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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)

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5 months ago

went the counter-clockwise route and it was so worth it! beautiful hike with places to stop and take in the views. i encountered other people but had most of the hike to myself. definitely recommend this loop if you stay in the area!

6 months ago

Amazing.

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6 months ago

Have done this one a few times, great hike beautiful views.

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6 months ago

7 months ago

Very rewarding hike with frequent views and inviting lakes for a swim or picnic spot. If you are doing the loop, I recommend going out of the Round Lake Trailhead/Gold Lake Lodge and going clockwise. It's 1.5 miles to Round Lake and then lake after lake the ready of the way. a total of about 5 miles. If you're looking for a shorter version, go out of Long Lake Trailhead, it's called the Bear Lakes Trailhead from that location. Lots of options from there.

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9 months ago

Still had snow late in May, and a few spots to cross with water, so you may want hiking boots. Overall, one of the better hikes we've done with small kids, because you get the amazing benefit of lake after lake without a huge hike or big elevation gain. Less than a mile in is Big Bear Lake, and if you leave the trail to get down to the lake, there's lots of spots to have a quiet picnic.

The only drawback is coming in from Gold Lake Lodge, the trail signs are missing or damaged, and the trail is a bit hard to follow. There's another way in via long lake. Or, just be careful.

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1 year ago

My families favorite hike so far! The terrain is not bad at all and the scenery is amazing! I would definitely recommend this hike!

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1 year ago

A neat little day hike for the family. I would rate this as an easy level as it does not have much elevation difference and is relatively short. Great for kids and dogs. I agree with a previous reviewer to suggest going counterclockwise. On this hike, you will be greeted by several lakes including Big Bear Lake, Little Bear Lake, Cub Lake, Long Lake, Silver Lake, Round Lake and Veronica Lake (although this one was pretty dried up :( ). Our GPS showed that we hiked 5.4 miles.

1 year ago

A great, short hike with lots of water for my dog to swim in and stay cool. Beautiful, clear lakes. Nice variation of terrain.

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Excellent. If you don't plan to hike the whole loop, recommend you go counterclockwise. This way you'll see all the lakes within the first two miles. It's also an easier hike than the other side.

Beautiful yet challenging!

1 year ago

Awesome Run. Worth it.

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2 years ago

This is a wonderful loop to take with a multi-level group and picnic. Even in mid-summer it can become very cool, so take layers. Parking can be very crowded if you don't get an early start.

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2 years ago