Crooked Lakes Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Crooked Lakes Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

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.

hiking
1 day ago

8 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

9 days ago

Crowded. Otherwise perfect.

hiking
10 days ago

12 days ago

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

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely loved this loop. Definitely use the app throughout as there is still snow patches and felled trees that cause you to loose the trail but eventually I found it. Passed about 8 gorgeous lakes! Favorites were Island, Penner and Milk. I will definitely do some disperse camping up here next time but was lucky enough to snag a site at Carr Lake. Highly recommend and not too difficult of a "long" hike. Not too much elevation gain.

backpacking
10 months ago

Took my six year old for his first pack-in backpacking trip. He left wanting more, which was perfect!

The road in is a little choppy. We have a mid-sized SUV and I was worried about bottoming out in spots. There's fresh bear poop and scratchings around, so handle your food situation properly!

All in all, a great place, if a bit crowded at times.

hiking
11 months ago

This was an easy 3-4 hour hike, mostly flat with a bit of a climb at the very end. The lakes were stunning! Will definitely do this trail again and would feel comfortable taking friends & family who aren't seasoned hikers.

hiking
11 months ago

beautiful and not hard. friends love it.

Friday, August 19, 2016

backpacking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016