Grouse Ridge Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Grouse Ridge Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.4 miles
1,732 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers

Directions from Nevada City: Travel east of Hwy. #20 for 19 miles and turn left onto Bowman Lake Road, which is four miles west of I-80 off State Hwy. #20. Travel north to the Graniteville Road, County Road #843, and bearing right. You will be following the road along Bowman Lake. After traveling 3.3 miles, turn right on Faucherie Lake Road and go 1.3 miles to the trailhead. The road is not recommended for low clearance vehicles.

3 days ago

Beautiful high Sierra hike.

23 days ago

Started at Lindsey Lakes trail, down past Penner and Island Lakes, then back up the Grouse Ridge trail. Mostly downhill the way we went. Nice forest views, rock formations, and wildflowers. Not much water on the trail so make sure you have enough with you. Shotgun Lake was marshy,
filled with lily pads, and smelled like poo. The sign at the connector between Grouse Ridge and Lindsey Lakes trail is wrong. It’s says 1/2 mile, but it’s likely 1 1/2.

11 months ago

Great trails. App is helpful but the route is clear. We left from Carr Lake and went North on Grouse Ridge. The connection to Crooked Lake trail is incorrect on app. It reads .5 miles, but is over 1. We stayed at Rock Lake overnight, which was quiet and great. On the way back, we went around the back of Penner Lake, and were rewarded with awesome views over Cumberton Lake. Highly recommend the detour. Know that the trails, especially closer to Feeley Lake will be very crowded on weekends. Many thanks to the efforts of Bicyclists Of Nevada County and others for the trail features that keep the system working so well

Monday, July 10, 2017

I am taking my kids here on Wednesday, looking for an update on Trail and Lake conditions, backpacking into Glacier Lake or 5 Lakes Basin. Will we use the Sand Ridge Trail.

Thanks for the updates!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Once you get past the 5 miles of rocky dirt road you will find that this area was worth the drive. Hiked the glacier ridge trail, to the round hill trail making Island Lake our final destination with stops at Milk, Round and Long lakes along the way. Mid-week hike meant we didn't encounter to many others on the trail.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Directions not accurate. When you turn on to Bowman Lake Road look for Grouse Ridge Look Out -- 6 mile dirt road/4 wheel drive to top. Or if you prefer you can take Bowman Lake Road to Sawmill Lake (note dirt with tight turns when you get 1/2 hr+ in) then go backwards. Since we couldn't figure out directions we parked at Lindsey Lake and hiked to Rock Lake and could have circled around but late in day. So opted to scout by car to find trail head at Grouse Ridge Look Out after our hike.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The road to the actual trailhead is a pretty aggressive dirt/super rocky road. Not recommended to attempt if you don't have the appropriate vehicle. The mileage that is marked on the trailhead/junctions is also not accurate at all (makes for 1/2 to upper rock lake when it's actually more like 1 mile, etc).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This trail leads you past Middle lake, Shotgun Lake, and finally to Sawmill lake. Along the way are several small lakes, streams, meadows, and nice canyon river with small waterfalls off Shotgun lake. The trail is a mixture of well marked to "follow the cairns". The section from the junction to Penner lake down to Sawmill lake is a mess of fallen trees, but if you take your time and follow the cairns you will find Sawmill lake ok. Sawmill is a dam lake, but it is a unique dam as the ocvverflow forms a natural style waterfall. Lots of places to camp and a few steep sections, but overall a kid and dog friendly hike.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Beautiful views! My 7 year old had no problem keeping up :)

Sunday, June 07, 2015

We did about 14 miles from Sawmill lake to Grouse ridge. A two and a half drive from my home in Quincy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

I have done this hike several times with a youth organization I volunteer with. There are several lakes that you come across as well as many different camping grounds you can hike into. I would definitely suggest it to people to try. Just avoid the holiday weekends as it is very near Lake Tahoe and can get a bit busy.

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