Leavitt Meadows to Millie, Secret, Roosevelt & Lane Lakes

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Leavitt Meadows to Millie, Secret, Roosevelt & Lane Lakes is a 11 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coleville, 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

views

snow

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail. It has it all: mountain valley, mountain lakes, mountain crests and very few people!

A couple of pro-tips for those who want to brave this hike themselves:
- the side-hike to Poore Lake is really not worth it unless you want to descend a considerable distance to the lake shore, there really isn't a good view point. Instead, you can get a great view of that same lake from the crest part of the trail
- if you are starting late in the day consider leaving the crest part of the trail for the second half as it remains in the sun longer than the valley. Alternatively, if you'd really like to capture the view of the valley, hit the crest first while the sun is shining on it.
- Poore Lake side trail has a side trail to the Secret Lake -- that allows you to avoid climbing up and down on the way to the ridge

More photos from the hike: https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/leavitt-meadows-hoover-wilderness

backpacking
9 months ago

No bugs on this trip. Great little side hike to the waterfall but no signs. Follow the previous posted map. Just fallow the little odd shoot trail through the meadow and then it goes up left and is the horse trail that follows the river upstream. Warm days and cold nights. Pretty lakes. Not much wildlife.

hiking
11 months ago

Follow the red previously hiked route to the waterfall on the West Walker river

backpacking
11 months ago

Great beginner hike. Beautiful lakes and easy grade. GREAT fishing!

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

backpacking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Just came out from Roosevelt and Lane Lakes--fabulous trip. Easy/moderate hike in, totally clear of snow, but dramatic views of massive snowpack in higher elevations. Everything is green and blooming--fields of wild irises and wildflowers abound. Bring your bug spray for the meadows--mosquitoes are out! Bugs not too bad at the lakes. Crawdad fishing is great-bring a Trap and have fun! Bonus: the drive over Sonora Pass is jaw-dropping. Saw people sledding and ski tracks high up in the bowls!

camping
Monday, September 26, 2016

I first made this hike in 2001 and never forgot it. The walk past the meadows is amazing. It's not a terribly challenging hike to Roosevelt, but definitely leave well before nightfall, as hiking this in the dark was not much fun.

Monday, September 19, 2016

was a beautiful hike....a little rough when you are hungover

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beautiful. 8.75

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

We did the loop with views of the meadow on the way back. The trail is used for horseback riding excursions, we passed a group of 16 riding horses on the way to the lake. Needless to say there's horse poop along the trail. The lake was gorgeous!

backpacking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Great. If you are headed to secret lake there are two routes, after you cross the bridge from the parking/campground head up the hill and you will come to a sign pointing left to secret lake 3miles and right to the medow that follows the water. If you follow the sign to go left its a lot of up and down but this route is shorter. If you follow the medow the first half of your trip is flat followed by a consistent climb up with a few switch backs making this way longer. We took the medow trail hiking out being that it's all downhill/flat from secret lake. As far as the lake it was a little hazy this summer (2016) and our katadyn vario frequently got clogged requiring a breakdown every 2 bottles. There wasn't much activity on the water but there are fish. If you like crawfish you are at the right place because there are thousands of them, just need fishing line and a slimjim. Best campsite is on the far side of the lake.

backpacking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice easy trail established camp sites. There are some interesting trails around for day hikes as well.

hiking
Friday, July 10, 2015

Beautiful hike along the river on the way to secret lake. Elevation gain was minimal, but the views were fantastic. Hiking along the river is beautiful. Great hike to get out and soak in the view of the eastern Sierras or to get to some nice trout fishing lakes. Also enjoyed cooling off with a swim in Secret Lake. Went in mid June and didn't see any snow this year. The free parking can fill up on the weekends.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Awesome!!!

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

One of my favorite hikes. I like to go in early June depending on the snow. You will not be disappointed and make sure you bring a fishing rod. I have ran across a couple of rattle snakes later in the year and check yourself for ticks.

hiking
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Leavitt Meadows is one of our favorite camping spots, a quick trip over the pass from our home in Sonora, CA. For my husband, there's good fishing nearby in the West Walker River, and for me and Copper, there's this beautiful hike past Secret and Roosevelt Lakes to lovely Lane Lake (which was unfairly described as "murky and shallow" in my "Best Short Hikes in California's Northern Sierra - A Guide to Day Hikes near Campgrounds" by Karen & Terry Whitehill). My pooch Copper and I took this hike on a clear summer day. There was some tree cover, but it was pretty warm. We encountered few other hikers but did come across a llama pack outfit! I cooled down by dangling my feet in the cool lake water (a crawdad nibbled at my toes). Copper got very hot on the return trip along the West Walker River trail which was exposed the entire afternoon with very hot, loose shale on the trail.

off road driving
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

recorded lane lake

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

hiking
Saturday, March 30, 2013