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Lake Margaret Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kirkwood, California that features a river 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.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 534 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

Washed out

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Permits not required for overnight use, though a Campfire permit is required for fires (wood, gas, or charcoal burning).

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Victor Vega
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HikingRocky

We went on 4th of July. This was a fantastic trail. My wife and I spent the day on the trail and enjoyed the scene. Lots of hikers, perfect blue sky’s .glad we went

Kim Price
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This was a great trail. It had a little bit of everything. The lake was a huge payoff for an already great hike. Make sure to look for the rock cairns to guide you so you don't lose the trail. Bring extra water and bring bug spray.

Alison Shuker
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HikingBugs

Great trail! Wasn’t busy on a Thursday when we got there at 10am. When we hiked back about 2pm the lot was full, people parking on the road up to the parking lot. Bring some bug spray, noticed more mosquitoes around the meadow area than at the lake itself. Also I would agree with most hikers it’s about 2.5 miles in, 5 round trip

Erin Sterling
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HikingBugsRocky

Beautiful weather, just perfect! We didn’t make it the whole way because we had a 4 and 7 year old. There are two rivers you cross on a fallen log. My two girls did it holding our hands. More mentally hard than physically. Low traffic. Wear bug spray

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CAROLYN S
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Hiking

Beautiful trail for a day hike. Dogs on leash allowed. Several small lakes along the way. Fairly well traveled but everyone maintained social distancing. Wildflowers and Meadows, granite slabs and beautiful streams. Fairly easy hike, plenty of shade along the way. More like 5 miles out-and-back.

Jason Hartnell
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail. Get there early. It got quite busy around noon. The parking lot isn’t all that big. The trail says 4.6 miles, but it comes out to just over 5.

Christina Michelle
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Hiking

Great trail. But is longer than what it says. Very busy. Small parking lot.

Rupali Jain
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Hiking

I lost my passport on the trail yesterday, please contact me if you find it EEEEK ... Mosquitos were absolutely unbearable, dress accordingly, use bug spray (even if you are someone who hates bug spray)

John W.
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Nature trips

Pleasant out-and-back trail through forest, flowered meadows, marshlands, and granite slopes and rock fields. A couple of creek crossings on logs, a little unnamed pond, and then Lake Margaret, a classic high Sierra alpine lake with beautiful views in all directions. Well worth the hike. As many have noted, it is important to look for the rock cairns when traversing the granite areas, however! Easy to lose the trail if you aren’t watchful.

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charlena bruetsch
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Hiking

beautiful trail lots of rocks that you would be walking over etc. but once you get to the lake it is beautiful.

Katie Vallaire
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BugsRockyScramble

Cool hike with lots to see (meadow, creek, forest, cliffs). The lake is lovely. Difficult to find the trail at times but look for markings in the trees and cairns to lead the way! Be careful if bringing dogs, mine's paws started bleeding a bit from the rocky scrambling going in and out of the water. If you're sensitive to high elevations be sure to acclimate first.

Erik Pfeifer
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Backpacking

Overall, great trail for backpackers as well as day hikers. The trail is very popular, though possibly due to recent events with Covid. Definitely bring your fishing poles, as the fish were really jumping at dusk. Also be sure to bring mosquito repellent, its absolutely necessary. Also, if you walk to the other side of the lake the campsites are great with fire pits and makeshift benches, that are not on the trail, like the campsites found at the lake entrance. I could definitely consider this to be a moderate hike, some ups and downs, going around boulders, etc. Be sure to follow the carens, as the trail is easy to loose when approaching the lake. area. .

April Meszaros
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Beautiful hike with a little bit of everything! Granite peaks, meadows, and creeks all leading to the best lake! Be sure to pay attention to the rock stacks to stay on the trail. It is rocky at points so be sure you have good shoes and can handle a moderate hike. A bit buggy so be sure to have bug spray. Great swimming and rock jumping at the lake! Simply stunning and one of our new favorites! We are a family of 4 (with a 13 and 10 year old) and found thought it was a fun, easily manageable hike for us.

Aubrey Merklin
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Hiking

Beautiful little lake. It was kinda crowded when we got up there but once it got a little later people started to clear out. I hiked up with my 12 year old daughter and 2 dogs inflatable sup and camping gear. I'm not a in shape person and have some extra curves and we were able to make it up without any problems. I've paddled Aaron d the lake and haven't seen any fish yet but we will throw a rod in tonight, hopefully we will get lucky!

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Paula Ryken
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Hiking

Love this hike. So beautiful! So pristine. Lots of mosquitoes. Look up to the mountains to your left as you as hiking in at about 1 mile in, you will see the camouflaged billboard that someone mentioned earlier.

Becca Palensky
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailRockySnow

We went here yesterday and LOVED everything about this hike! It’s pup friendly and he was pooped! There was a point with the rocks a 1/4 way in where we did a loop accidentally and started over BUT just follow the rocks with them stacked on top of one another during those parts(there are several) to get to the finish. This place has so many side shots that we had to get like a meadow. It started snowing during our hike so I definitely recommend to make sure you look for the weather beforehand-luckily I dressed appropriately for winter. It’s mostly shaded.

Trina Caton
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HikingSnow
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Eric Goldsmith
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Backpacking

I have been going to this lake since early 70's . It's a beautiful and fairly easy hike until just before the lake then a bit of up. the river crossing is always fun. have fished the lake many times but I don't believe there are any in it. the steam has nice ones. One of my favorite places to take someone new to hiking or great for a new backpacker. there's lots of hiking to do around it. I always challenge people to find the camouflage bill board on the hill above the lake that the airforce uses as a hidden target training. Highly recommend this hike. the views behind the lake overlooking the canyon are great. I didn't give it a 5 star due to no fish! lol Enjoy!

Al Atkins
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HikingSnow

We went hiking there Memorial weekend 2020. It was hard at times to distinguish where the trail. In a few sections there was still snow which made finding the trail more difficult. Beautiful hike and lots of nice scenery. The little pond before the lake is very picturesque.

Lane Kuykendall
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HikingBugsSnow

Awesome trail. Hard to follow at time due the the snow. Makes sure to download the map before hitting the trail, and keep and eye out for cairns.

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