Long Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Long Lake Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clio, 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.

4.5 miles
1,105 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


29 days ago

The views of Long Lake and its surroundings are absolutely stunning.

30 days ago

Great beautiful trail with a nice variety of terrain, gorgeous views, and plenty of wild flowers. Lost the trail briefly at the highest peak. Could use some tail markers. All Trails app helped us get back on track pretty quickly. We highly recommend this hike!

1 month ago

Definitely not a moderate hike. More difficult than that. Half of the loop is basically bouldering up a mountain. Would not recommend to people with children or older folks. Put your dogs in boots as the rocks very very hot and can cause blistering on their paws. Also our GPS says 5.8 miles, not 4.5.

1 month ago

GPS said 5.8 miles. Beautiful hike! We did it clockwise and it was a bit rough going down the rocky side. Next time we'll try counter clockwise! So many amazing views!

1 month ago

Wonderful flowers all along the trail. Doable with kids (8, 9,12 years old) (6/27)

1 month ago

Great hiking today.

This app said 4.5 miles but my gps said 5.8.

10 months ago

What a great day. Doing this one again for sure. Maybe hiking boots next time.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great hike. my 4 yr olds first backpacking trip. we camped at long lake eventhough it was "restricted". my son was too tired to hike out. this would have been nice to know before we got up there. We did some swimming. no luck with the fishing.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Some shade, but wear sun screen.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This hike was incredible. Highly recommended. Gorgeous lakes, places to relax, views... just perfect.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gorgeous views, wonderful hike.
Depending on time of year it can be very windy. Carry plenty of water for the backside as the only access to the lake is a short distance.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Doesn't get much better than this! Low traffic and beautiful views. I took a longer route going to Bear Lake too added a couple miles. Easy to follow.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A trail with beautiful vistas everywhere you look. Looking forward to doing more hikes in the area.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The PCT portion still had snow on it when I hiked it June 12. Camping at long lake is prohibited but the lakes to the north are amazing and you can camp there. Fun easy trails.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Beautiful hike. I would rate this more moderate rather than easy. There are some rocky sections on the Mt. Elwell side of the trail that was a little difficult on my dogs paws after awhile (granted my dog has city paws). I could also see younger kids having a tough time, but there are shorter loops in the area for them. Beautiful views every time you stop to take a breather!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great. Gorgeous! Be prepared to do some decently-difficult climbing over rocks/boulders on the far end of the lake. Definitely doable but I would not recommend for kids, elderly, or those in a more fragile state. Will take about 3 hours if you keep moving. I would highly recommend to others looking for a solid hike.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We wandered this trail over Labor Day weekend while the weather was just right. This was one of several trails that intertwine. The landscape and several lakes are beautiful and offer many photo ops. The trail was very well marked, well maintained and easy to identify. There is much that is easy to travel but several areas that are a bit more steep.

The one area of the trail that I would caution people to be aware of is on the far side of Long Lake. The trail crests over a peak and then turns into solid rock and boulders for a while. Enough so that hubs and I joked about going "billy goating". It was not terribly difficult, but definitely enough that you want appropriate shoes and need to watch your step.

There is an inlet to the PCT noted approx. 2 miles from the trail head, but we wound up on a different path before we got there. We'll definitely take a return trip to go dip a toe onto the PCT.

paddle sports
Saturday, August 01, 2015

Scenic views for a 5mile hike!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More and more people are finding this area not too many people on trail very nice and plenty of room.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

This is a beautiful trail with very few people on it. The views are breathtaking and the hike was a very gentle climb.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Saturday, November 16, 2013

So many trails in the Lake Basin area, we were also on Round Lake Trail as well as Round Lake Trail. Beautiful day to hike with 3 dogs, no other people out hiking so the dogs got to run and enjoy themselves. Came across, Big Bear Lake, Little Bear Lake, Round Lake, Silver Lake & Cub Lake.

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