Independence Lake Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews

Independence Lake Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sierraville, 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

paddle sports

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

snow

off trail

historic site

This trail begins on the east shore entrance and may require off trail/water crossing at the western shore and southeastern shore depending on season/weather. Abide by all posted signage. Lake features pristine views, A cave, wildlife and beautiful Aspen groves at several points of the trail. Also available are boats provided by the Conservancy in charge of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

The road leading in to Independence Lake is a very rough dirt road (4-wheel drive only) for 6 miles. The lake itself is nice but you cannot walk all the way around due to fish spawning, so the trail is actually a road you are hiking on. I would not recommend this hike unfortunately, because of the road leading in.

off road driving
9 months ago

The loops is not accessible by vehicle as they are working on some project, not exactly sure, but you can still walk the loop trail. Very beautiful lake to walk.

Otherwise this would be a 5 star.

11 months ago

The lake is very beautiful. The trail is not accessible around the far end of the lake because of the heavy snowfall runoff and creek flow. The hiking trail is dirt road. Part of trail is near water with filtered views, part of trail is further from lake with limited water view. Fishing is limited to barbless and Lahonton Trout must be released

Monday, July 03, 2017

Loop was not accessible in early June due to snow and high water.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

A child hood camping area, love this place, hiked the lake multiple times as a child/adult. A true gem in the Sierra Nevada that is pristine and well kept. West shore may require water crossing/off trail. Trail continues on the south shore.

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