Lower and Upper Lola Montez Lakes

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Lower and Upper Lola Montez Lakes is a 8.5 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 April until September.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,476 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The Lola Montez Lakes are very nice.   The trail to the lower one is well marked, and alternates sections of single-track and dirt road; the trail is also part of the "hole-in-the-ground" mountain bike trail.  At the beginning of the hike you have to ford a torrent; this is easy to do in late season, but may be dangerous, impossible, or both in early season.  The trail from the Lower to the Upper Lola Montez lakes is indicated by cairns, and it requires some cross-country hiking ability. The trip includes detours which you do not need to take. 

This trail has some good climbs. But most of Trail was a graveled road but still a good hike. There were a number of peeps were there hiking/rock climbing. No bugs but pretty Smokey from Capels fire

Sunday, September 8. Early 9am start. 57 degrees. Perfect day for a hike. This one was easy and just ok. A lot of the walk is on a service road. Lakes are fabulous. No mosquitoes today.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail to Lower Lola Montez well marked and lake is beautiful.. HIke to upper has some very steep and rocky sections, but most is not hard. The trail is marked by stone piles, very helpful to find the best route to the top. Upper lake a little smaller, but just as beautiful. All along the wildflowers were still in bloom.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this with my buddy a couple weeks ago and loved it. The first part of the trail to the lower lake is very easy to follow. We took a break there as we contemplated going to the upper lake. It looked more overwhelming than it actually is. The stackers help you stay on the trail somewhat but I'm still glad I had the GPS to keep us on track. 100% worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

I have done this trail a number of times over the years. This time we camped at upper Lola using a different trail and hiked down to lower Lola in the morning. Trying to make our way with no map we lost the trail, unable to find the next rock pile. We ended up taking a really long detour through difficult terrain to get to lower Lola (should have backtracked until we found our next rock pile). While we were eating lunch at the lower lake, this beautiful women and her two little dogs crossed our path and showed me the map on all trails. This was an answer to prayer, we did not want to go back the way we came. Now with the app downloaded and map in hand we made our way back to our upper lake campsite safely. The map is very accurate and helps you as you keep an eye out for the rock piles. We made it back to upper Lola in half the time with much less worry. It was really exciting for my 8 year old to find the path using the rock piles. Quite an adventure. Love this hike. Note, the gal mentioned she had no trouble crossing the stream on the way in that is sometimes too high earlier in the year. Temperature at upper lake still very cold at night, still some little snow on the ground at upper Lola in the shade. Note, the beginning of the trail from lower lake to upper lake is a bit disguised because it is less of a trail and more of a climb. Look up for the first rock pile. Maybe someone could add a pile at the bottom where the dirt trail ends. That might be helpful, especially if someone doesn’t have the map.

hiking
6 months ago

Both lakes are really nice! Gravel road travel was not expected. Climbing the rocks to the upper lake was not bad if your in shape and able to climb. The stacked rocks will lead you to the upper lake just fine.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. We backpacked in and stayed 2 days. Day hiked to upper Lola montez. No trail for us going up or down. Coming down saw some signs of stacked rocks for a trail. Traffic was moderate and there was really only one overnight person besides our group of 6.

Sun Sep 09 2018

Great hike! Just be prepared for the moderate portion to end at the lower lake. There is no established trail between the lower lake and the upper lake, but there are markers to help guide you along the way. I would also recommend that only those who are very experienced hikers to try the hike up to the upper lake because you will need to climb up rock faces and navigate across and over slabs of granite frequently and negotiate some rough terrain.

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6 months ago

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