Lake Margaret Trail

MODERATE 133 reviews
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Lake Margaret Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
23 days ago

26 days ago

A great trail! Took 4 friends and 3 dogs. We found that there was snow everywhere. Breath taking!! Most of the trail is well marked. The log across the stream was snowed over with ice, a bit of a challenge! Once we got to the granite, many of the ducks had been knocked over. Another challenge, but we found our way to the lake. We all had a fantastic time.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing day- Clear sky's - Warm- not crowded at all
Definitely wear ankle high hiking boots - lots of climbing up rocks and it is steep downhill on them

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike!! We experienced an awesome thunder storm ⛈!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Enjoyed how we were in and out of trees and up and down on the trail. Pretty rocky and some maneuvering on the bigger rocks. The trail makers were over all easy to follow until we got to the large tree trunk that kinda looked like a dead end but once we climbed over it we were able to find the trail after some looking around (over the tree trunk follow to your right and you will start seeing markers again). We headed out pretty early so we didn't see too many people on the way in but by the time we were on our way back their was a lot more traffic. Looking forward to going back.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great short trail. Too many people and watch out for skinny dippers.

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic, fun rock scrambling en route to picturesque lake. Some moving water and smaller ponds along the way provide good birdwatching opportunities as well.

backpacking
1 month ago

it was a good up and down trail is a little harder for beginners trying to stay on the path not a good fishing area but decent swimming and camping also there are occasional nudists if that doesn't bother you beautiful scenery and sunsets

hiking
1 month ago

Splendid hike very close to numerous state and private campgrounds. No significant elevation change so doable for all age ranges. Beautiful creeks and meadows and varying amounts of hiking amongst rocky terrain and tall forests. And if it didn't get any better than that.. lake Margaret at the end which you can swim and jump off rocks into the water with above average views.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

People, leave your drones at home! Arrived at the lake to find two drones, music playing, people yelling as they jumped into the lake and later howling at the moon at night. More like an MTV real world special than anything I've ever seen in the back country. Beautiful spot, but an "interesting" crowd. Prob won't go back on a weekend.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

I started the trail later in the afternoon and came back to the trailhead to a breathtaking sunset. Such a perfect time to hike. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead. The trail is overall rocky although I saw one guy hiking in flip flops. More power to him but that's not the most appropriate footwear. There are lots of streams along the way and plenty of areas for dogs to take a dip. This is a dog friendly trail and several dogs were out today including my two. I noticed mosquitoes mainly near water so if you're like me and a mosquito attractor than being some bug repellent. Some of the trail is not marked well but folks have placed stacked rocks and it makes it easy to stay on track.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful place, I have ever hiked to. The hike to the lake is pleasurable and you will enjoy each and every stretch you get to pass through at the end of which is a spectacular vista waiting for you.