Loon Lake Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Loon Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and fishing and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

backpacking
2 days ago

Two buddies and I went backpacking up to buck island lake. Great views the whole way. Pretty hot during the day but we expected that since the elevation on the entire route is under 7,000 feet. Limited campsites at the lake so I'm glad we left early. The rubicon river was quite impressive and so cold. We had a blast!

hiking
4 days ago

backpacking
17 days ago

Backpacked with my two young sons to Buck Island Lake. The trail is as advertised...alot of granite rocks. But it made for an exciting trip. It was hot, and not a lot of shade once you got to the end of Loon Lake. All in all, a great trip.

hiking
21 days ago

25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was really a nice hike. The only criticism of this train is that it's composed of loose granite at around the half way mark, which could lead to twisted ankles or knees. Other than that the hike was very nice.

1 month ago

a beautiful hike! gorgeous views and very quiet. As of 06/09 there was quite a bit of water on the trail but still manageable.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike! Unfortunately thunderstorm, wind, hail came out of nowhere and had to pitch camp quick but ended up being gorgeous views, and hike. As of 6/22/17 there's no snow on the trails, wet from the rainstorm, but easily crossed over creeks and standing water without getting my hiking boots wet. No snow up toward rubicon reservoir! Mild patches noted on the mountain tops.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a great hike for our 3rd annual backpacking trip. We hiked from Loon Lake to Spider Lake. The trail is rocky but well worth the effort.

1 month ago

One of the best locations in the El Dorado National Forest; so beautiful!

2 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

So quiet and just gorgeous! I loved being able to bring my dog with me.

9 months ago

loved it

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing trail!!

backpacking
10 months ago

We backpacked from the Loon Lake trailhead to Rockbound lake. This was a part of the area I have never seen and it was amazing! It was definitely a decent hike, however, like Mark said below...the rocks suck! It totally slows down the momentum and makes for a not fun portion of the trail. But when you get to Rockbound, hopefully you get the lake to your self like we did, it was amazing! If you like to fish, bring your gear, I wish I brought mine. Just after sunrise is breakfast time for the brownies!

backpacking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

backpacking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

backpacking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

We backpacked from Loon Lake trailhead to Rockbound Lake, 7 miles. Beautiful scenery but BEWARE: They put crushed rock and boulders on the trail from before Spider to Rockbound Lake that makes it very difficult to walk on, totally messed up the trail. WTF Forrest Service?

Monday, July 04, 2016

Great LONG hike we started early so it wasnt to bad with the sun we had a picnic at the edge of the lake it was Beautiful