Leavitt Meadows to Millie, Secret, Roosevelt & Lane Lakes

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Toiyabe National Forest

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.

Length11.0 miElevation gain1,482 ftRoute typeLoop
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Mark Evans
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Georgina Kier
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Linkun Chen
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BackpackingGreat!

I did backpacking at the beginning of Oct. It's not a difficult trail, and has nice views. But make sure you prepared for the cold night. We got lost after Lane Lake, and took some time to find the way to pass around the secret lake. The secret lake is not marked on the Alltrails map. You need the find the path by the north side of the secret lake. At the end of the trail, there was a little fall. There was not campground there, so we did wild camping near the fall. The temperature at mid night is about 32F (~0C), so make sure you are prepared. I also see people camping by the lakes, behind the rocks to hide away from the wind.

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Yuanjia Zhu
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BackpackingNo shadeOff trail

Great trail with reasonable condition. Poore lake was 80% dried up as of October 2020. The trail to Poore lake was also difficult to find and took some off trail navigation to find the path. Otherwise, an enjoyable trip. There is also an off trail path to get to the south tip of the secret lake - you will find a nice area to camp. Around Lane lake also has a couple of good places to camp for the night.

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Linda Karin
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Hiking

Coming back trail sign was confusing. Followed sign that said “Leavitt Meadows hikers” downhill trail at small split. Think the correct trail was the correct way. Ended up meandering around the meadow before trail blazing back up to the higher trail we went out on.

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Sarah Babcock
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BackpackingBugs

We arrived at the trailhead late afternoon and easily backpacked to Lane Lake to camp, taking the lower trail adjacent the river for a counterclockwise trip, arriving just in time to set up camp, have dinner, and watch the sunset. The hike was not too challenging, some ascents but not unreasonable. There was plenty of tree coverage so it wasn’t too hot. Horses frequent the trail, and we also saw a deer. We had a dog with us, which wasn’t an issue since we had a leash. There were quite a few parties camping at Lane Lake, on a Friday night, and mosquitos were also present. People could be seen fishing, though we don’t know what they caught. The second day we backtracked with the intention of heading to Poore Lake but missed the trail fork, and ended up at the smaller lake near it, where we camped for the second night. There were less people present here, and we easily found a camping spot close to the lake, where there were a lot of crawfish at the waters edge. The water was the perfect temperature for swimming. We then continued the uphill trail to a summit with great views, then downhill. This part of the trail was a bit more exposed. We took the short route that crossed the two trails down back to the river, which was a bit less established but started in a meadow. The water there was much colder than the lakes but still refreshing. Finally, we made our way back to the trailhead, taking one final dip in the river at the foot of the bridge, jumping off a small rock into a deep pool. Overall a great trip, highly recommend. Make sure to hide your food, there were chipmunks eager to get into ours. We had read bear canisters were required, so those worked well for keeping our food safe.

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Kathleen Collins
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Backpacking

Lovely. We did this as a three-day two-night backpacking trip, after several years without a pack. Our route was just right in terms of a three-day for two active adults, with only one night prior at 5000' (from living at sea level). We took the relatively flat route into Roosevelt and Lane Lakes, ~4 miles or less in 2.5 hr with lots of stops to talk to the flowers (great wildflowers at this time!). We camped on the far side of Lane Lake in maybe the third-best site on both lakes, right at the junction with the trail to Hidden Lake but traffic was not an issue. Awesome swimming, no bug problem (and I am eaten alive if there is one squito nearby), lots of crayfish and chipmunks to watch. Day hike to Hidden Lake, started with some gravel and longer than we thought; had to ford a river/stream taking boots off and using hands on the mid-stream rocks for balance. But wow. Hidden Lake was lovely and there were no other souls there. Nice breeze, some bright yellow birds, but when crossing little streams to get there and right by the water there were some mosquitos; I say this only to suggesting bringing bug cream, because that did the trick. Also to find the trail after crossing (and to know you're supposed to be crossing without a bridge), All Trails was a savior. I'm not topo-challenged and had maps and visual images in mind, but right at the crossing point I was very glad to have downloaded a map containing this area. Third day we hiked out on the 'high road' past Secret Lake (slightly a challenge to find the trail from the Lake back to Leavitt Meadows). It's pretty, and so are some view points, but it isn't going to be a 'wow' memory so don't hesitate to take the 'low road' back from the Lakes if you don't want to climb (very graded) or descend (some gravel).

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KRIS D
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Complete this one counterclockwise for best view progression. No need to do any “on trail” portion after the two small lakes. The “off trail” portion had signs posted today that a large carcass had the potential to attract bears so beware. We saw the bottom half of the carcass stripped pretty well. No bugs.

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Chuck Goodman
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Hiking

Beautiful hike overall. Waterfall at the end is… ok. But the two small lakes are a good place to turn around.

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Oskar Dackland
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Excellent trail.

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Rick Hoelzer
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Beautiful hike through meadows and alpine forest. Pretty level. Made it just past Lane Lake before trail was underwater. Otherwise, trail was dry. The 1400' Elevation Gain stated must be cumulative vertical because I did the loop and elev. gain was no more than about 500'.

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deedee grafius
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Running

Beautiful day. I ran the loop and the fall colors were beautiful. A lot of bear activity around the lakes especially Millie. From scat to multiple prints large and small. I just kept running. This is a very runnable trail. I don't run there in summer months the trail is all dust and deep sand from horses.

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Alan Prattt
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Beautiful eastern Sierra hike. Great fall colors.

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csgirl life
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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

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Lorraine O
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Backpacking

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.

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

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Jerry Son
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Backpacking

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

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Keri dela Torre
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Camping

Bug spray is a must especially going through the meadow.

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Laura Eichel
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Backpacking

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!

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Mike Kerber
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Camping

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.

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Jennifer Nelson
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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!

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Lefty T
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Backpacking

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.

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Brandon Barringer
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Backpacking

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

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Will Ross
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Hiking

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.

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Russell Murzyn
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Awesome!!!

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Tony Cesarini
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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.

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Wendy Hesse
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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.

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Aaron Williams
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Samantha Greenlee
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