Dardenelles Lake and Round Lake Loop is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.6 miles
1,745 feet

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Hike into Dardenelles Lake and continue around to the northwest side crossing a man made dam to get to the peninsula of granite where you can camp. The second day, set out a course for Round Lake which will take you on an extreme back country tour. End up on the north shore of Round Lake- from here the trail back to Dardanelles is pretty easy.

3 months ago

Totally unmarked save for some cairns. Experienced hikers only has there’s some moderate bouldering you need to do. We used our GPS to get back as there’s nothing to follow about 3 miles in. At one point near the end it’s really confusing whether you should summit a ridge line or head into the valley (mostly because the summit is sketch) — you should summit though — the valley adds another 40 min. Stay high once you get around the first ridge line. Wear pants. There isn’t much water either.

5 months ago

There is no trail between Dardanelles and Round. You will need GPS. We ended heading around to the back side of Round and connecting to the Pacific Rim Trail. Beautiful but challenging.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Only try this loop if you are an experienced hiker. After Dardanelles's lake there is no "trail". First attempt I quit since I couldn't find a clear trail. Tried another weekend and I only made to Round Lake because of gps and walking up and down rocks and bushes. You can reach either Dardanelles or Round Lake easy, but if you try the loop you will be on your own. I truly wouldn't have found my way back without gps. My phone gps stopped working after I was around 5 miles in so it didn't record my track. But then it worked again so I was able to finish. Good luck!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Great hike, clear trail markings and a beautiful area you can use to hop in for a swim.

1 month ago