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.
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.
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.
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.
beautiful and not hard. friends love it.
It was beautiful! Bugs are stating to be out & we did mot make it all the way due to snow, glad we wore boots, very wet. We will go again in the fall
It was a cool hike. There was lots of snow on the ground. At parts there was a snow path on top of the regular path. Bring hiking shoes, and trekking poles if you have them if you go around may or early June, at least this year anyways.
Penner Lake is an excellent destination with breathtaking views
great family hike
First family backpacking trip! Hiked into Island Lake with my wife and 4 children. Son 11 and 3 daughters 10, 7 and 5. The trail was not too difficult and had great scenery. The few climbs came with breaks but each child made it even though they each carried their own clothes, water, pillow and sleeping bags; except for the youngest who had her own water and clothes. The trail was busy and many hiked past to Penner Lake. The weather was perfect and the water was great! Perfect family oriented place to hike and camp. Next time on to Penner!
Love this hike. I've been backpacking to Penner lake multiple times, and day trips to Island lake too many times to count. You pass by many beautiful lakes, trails are easy to navigate, and some places at each lake are ready for camping. (i.e. flat spots for tents, logs for benches, etc). Would recommend to anyone.
We drove up an old fire road and parked at the top. The road is all dirt but well maintained. There are at least 4 lakes that we hiked by and one we stopped and had lunch at. There were a few people but not many.
It will be a hike we will do again.