Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Directions from Nevada City: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for approximately 19 miles and turn left onto Primary Forest Route #18. Travel north and turn east at the Lindsey Lake, Freely Lake, Carr Lake sign. Follow the signs to Carr Lake and park. Continue on by foot to Feeley Lake where the trail starts. Follow the Lindsey Lakes Trail to access the trail from the north.

1 day ago

Awesome hike!

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2 months ago

Great hike! We just went out for the afternoon but saw a lot of people camping! Views of Island Lake are gorgeous!

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2 months ago

Crowded. Otherwise perfect.

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2 months ago

Awesome meandering hike along beautiful isolated Aline lakes. No elevation changes to worry about.

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3 months ago

It's a rocky road driving up but well worth it. Gorgeous lakes galore!

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3 months ago

The scenery on this hike is epic, right now is an excellent time to go! The trail is clear all the way to Penner Lake (July 3rd), and there are still big patches of snow in a lot of spots off the trail that make for some awesome pictures. I went around to the far side of Penner and back, and GPS logged the total distance at 7.2 miles. Also lots of nice dispersed camping options along the way.

The road goes from paved to dirt and rocky once you turn onto Forest Route 17. Although there were many lower clearance cars parked up there too I was glad I had my high clearance Tacoma, especially at the very top just before the parking area at Carr Lake.