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Lola Montez Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 984 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the Soda Springs exit. On the north side of the freeway follow the paved road east past the fire station for 0.3 miles to the parking area.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Still a bit of snow on the ground but not too bad. Couldn’t get past the first river crossing bc water was way too high

snow
2 months ago

Tried to hike to the lake, still a little too much snow. Turned around after 1/2 mile.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Not much parking at the trailhead. Water crossing at about the one mile mark was pretty sketchy in snowy conditions

4 months ago

Don't know if it's closed in winter but there are no parking signs on the road, and there is a closed gate

hiking
8 months ago

+Loved the water, cool and clean. Into the great wide open under a sky of blue. Nary a soul around went midweek. - a good portion of the trail was on a fire road

hiking
8 months ago

Watch for dem’ skeeters! The lake is beautiful and a fun swim. Most of it is in a fire road which is meh.

Water was a trickle at the .9 mile stream crossing. Good hike, lots of private property on both sides of trail.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Great hike, swam in the lake and laid on the rocks. It is a good climb and can get hot with limited shade though we started late so that put us in full sun. Bring bug spray and use lots of it!!!

hiking
9 months ago

I would definitely recommend this trail! Just make sure you wear bug spray. My friend got eaten alive by mosquitoes late in the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

I would rate this trail higher but there is a lot of gravel road travel. Over all a nice hike. I would suggest to go to the upper lake if possible. You will have to climb rocks but the lake is nice.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Stream was crossable by wading about a foot deep. A few snow patches still on trail remarkably. Definitely go for the upper lake; sooo worth it for the views (but probably too sketchy for kids <13 years old). Just follow the cairns (little rock snowmen) that are strategically placed (and be sure to follow them down too). This is a 5 star hike if not for a couple uninteresting parts on a gravel road. Tons of mosquitoes coming back down around 6pm; bring some spray.

hiking
10 months ago

Wildflowers and butterflies. The stream was still swift moving and we didn’t cross but another couple waded in and crossed with their dog. Very few people on a Friday morning in mid-July.

hiking
snow
11 months ago

.9 miles from trailhead the stream is very full and too deep to cross. the flow is very strong and moving fast. We checked up and down stream, but there were no safe spots to cross. Hope to be back later this summer! We found a switch blade type of knife that we believe was from a group of 4 backpackers. They were the only people we saw all day so we left it in the bed of the truck that we believe was theirs. Happy Hiking!

hiking
11 months ago

Me and my wife start from the trail head covered by snow, a Lillie effort to find the trail with 3 other guys, after about 0.8 mile we met a river and can’t walk over due to the powerful stream, decided to return. I hope all other 3 guy can make it to the lake and show us the photos they take

walking
Mon Oct 29 2018

*quite a lot of this trail is on gravel road. *lots of mountain bikes on trail. *road noise for a long time on the walk. *water for the dogs. *would be nice shade in the hot months. *lake was nice- people catching fish. *nice.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Fun hike! Kind of exposed in some parts but overall very enjoyable.

Fri Aug 17 2018

The lake is beautiful... the hike is not. The last half mile and the walk around the lake is pretty. Hiking on a gravel road is not nice. The bikes have made the trail a mess in places. Lots of road noise

backpacking
Tue Jul 24 2018

Beautiful and clear views! The lake was perfect for swimming. Not too many mosquitoes and only one other overnight group.

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

July 8th 2018. 9:00am start. Moderate. This trail had every type of nature person and dog on it. We crossed paths with fishermen, mountain bikers, families, seasoned hikers and first timers. A portion of the trail is actually a gravel road. It got a bit dusty. All in all the trail was beautiful. Worth the hike to Lola Lake. I’d absolutely come back with a fishing pole or a bike.

Fri Jul 06 2018

Lovely, moderate to easy hike. We started about 8:30 am and had the trail to ourselves. Wild flowers in bloom. A few mountain bikers and hikers on our way back around 10:30. Beautiful lake is the reward after your 3 miles in. Mosquitoes so make sure to bring your repellent!

hiking
Tue Jul 03 2018

I hiked this on 6/30/2018. The trail was great! There weren't many people there when we got to the lake around 1030a, but it did get busy as it got closer to noon. We tried to go to the upper lake but couldn't follow the trail. Fun hike! definitely recommend it.

running
Wed Jun 27 2018

Great quick getaway with nice lake and easy access.

Fri Jun 15 2018

Beautiful hike. Had a great time. But....bring insect repellent! Lots of mosquitoes, but still would do it again! I’d say easy to moderate. Well marked.

hiking
Sun Jun 03 2018

This hike was beautiful! A little harder than we had originally expected but we are novice hikers. Our trackers showed that it was 8 mi round trip as opposed to 6.8. The trail isn’t always greatly marked, however we did do it early in the season (June 2). Crossing the river was a blast but a bit chilly! Finding our way through the snow at the very end was an adventure! We were sure glad we had a group of experienced hikers that had passed us earlier on. I would definitely recommend, but it’s definitely A HIKE!

hiking
Mon May 21 2018

We went while there was still snow in May. This was a beautiful hike even though I didn’t see any wildflowers. There was a huge river running down blocking the other side of the trail about 2 miles in. Fantastic hike!!!!

hiking
Sun Oct 01 2017

Great spot!

Thu Sep 21 2017

One of my favorite trails❣️

Sun Sep 03 2017

Great hike, beautiful scenery. A lot of the hike is on gravel fire roads. Not as pretty as the single track, but still forested and scenic. The lake makes it worth it. Walked around lower lake, tried to find the trail to upper lake by following cairns up the granite on the far side, but trail sort of disappeared, so we gave up and just enjoyed lower lake. Lots of great places to camp around the lake and surrounding granite. Very picturesque. Will definitely come back for an overnight trip.

hiking
Sun Sep 03 2017

Beautiful hike!! The hike to the lower lake was easy to moderate. If you go the upper lake, there is a bit of rock scrambling and bouldering involved. You'll see stacks of rocks as trail markers along the way to the upper lake. There is a big rock in the middle of the upper lake that is great to swim too. Bring plenty of water if you go in hotter weather, there are parts that are exposed to the sun and you'll want to stay hydrated.

hiking
Sun Sep 03 2017

It was 110+ degrees in Roseville today, so we woke up early and headed up the hill. And it was a ton of fun. The destination lake was beautiful and fun to swim in, but we only saw very small fish (hooked into one using a fly rod). We also hiked to the rock peak to the left of the lake and enjoyed great views. There were a lot of mountain bikers in the area (Saturday so not a surprise). Great trail and swim for dogs, too.

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