Glacier Lakes Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Glacier Lakes Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles
1253 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers

Directions from Nevada City: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for approximately 19 miles and turn left onto Primary Forest Route #18. Travel north for approximately 5 miles and turn right onto Primary Forest Route #14. Travel approximately 4 miles to the campground. The campground is the closest Grouse Ridge Trail access point to the junction with Glacier Lake Trail.

7 days ago

Couldn't reach the whole trail due to snow blockage (it is June!!). However the little we saw was unbelievably beautiful.

8 months ago

8 months ago

9 months ago

Great trail!

11 months ago

Monday, June 27, 2016

Beautiful wild flowers along the way. Great views.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This trail has beautiful views of the Black Buttes and eventually ends up at the base of them at Glacier Lake. You will pass a big meadow and summer snow. The biggest difficulty of this hike is one section near then end getting to the top of a small hill. The rest of the hike is fairly flat or steady incline on the way out. Wildflowers were in abundance and the was an unsual red flower at that hill that liked to grown out of the rocks. Wish I knew more about flowers to be able to tell you what it was. There are also nice views of the Valley, Sierra Buttes, and on a clear day Lassen. The only other lake you pass is a small lake on the other side of the hill, but you can look down into the Five Lake Basin.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Worth every bit of this trail! We took the sand Ridge trail up and then to Glacier Lake and back via the Glacier Lake Trail. Sat and enjoyed few moments overlooking the Five Lakes Basin and the Sierra Buttes.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Absolutely one for the books! Beautiful views, nice escape from civilization. We did the loop from Grouse Campground to Glacier Lake trail and back via Sand Ridge Trail. Took 6 hours total and we even fit in a 25 min meditation at glacier lake after lunch. The backdrop views were surreal!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Well this not the same Glacier lake but the exact same distance. My Glacier lake is in the Mission Mts in Montana. A easy hike in with lots of mature ripe Huckleberries to pick. But the glacial lake was just gorgeous. Beautiful day today with temps in 70's.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

We hiked up to Glacier Lake from the Carr Lake Campground this weekend and it was absolutely spectacular. We began from the Round Lake trailhead and continued on to the Glacier Lake trail from it. It was quite warm and we saw some other hikers, though not a lot considering it was a holiday weekend. The views from the Black Buttes are incredible, which is awesome because hiking up there was a butt kicker! The reward of Glacier Lake was worth it, though. There are some parts of the trail that are hard to follow due to fallen trees blocking the trail so I would suggest taking a map. Don't be surprised when you come along the sight of cows grazing in one of the meadows you pass along the way. They're wearing cowbells and the sound is startling when you've been surrounded by the natural sounds of the forest for so long!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Loved this trail. I went last summer and had a nice swim pin the chilly Glacier lake. Also was surprised and amused to see cows grazing up in that area. I first heard their bells and was baffled because even tho it sounded like cowbells I just never imagined to see them there.

Anyway, great hike. No problem with the roads. Lots of lakes along the way including my favorite, Island Lake. Can't wait to get up there again.