Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail

EASY 18 reviews
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Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

backpacking
3 days ago

Took my 9 year old daughter and 70 year old father on an overnight trip to this lake. My daughter gives the trip an 8 out of 10. We went to watch the meteor showers and saw about 7, but we didn't have a good view of the sky from where we were camped. The creek was crossable without getting your feet wet- August 13th. I only killed one mosquito, but it seems like there should have been more. Took us 2 hours 45 min to hike in with backpacks. 2 hours to hike out. There were close to a dozen people camped around the lake. Trail is well marked, but don't miss the turn to the lake. You can download that section in google maps and see where you are even with no signal. We had good signal with Verizon and T-Mobile at the lake.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike. We went on 7/7/17. We forded the creek in bare feet. Icy cold, 18" deep, and wished I'd had my Tevas. On the return, the creek was higher, above the knees. The last 0.75 miles before the lake had enough snow left that the trail is obscured, so having a fully charged phone and the map downloaded and used in combo with GPS is helpful to stay on track. Lots of downed trees on the trail (not gravel road) sections, so a bit of scrambling and detouring required. Maybe Advanced Easy? A bit challenging for younger kids. Saw only one group at the creek, one bicyclist in the first mile, and one other group hiking the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First hike this summer and unfortunately Castle Creek was running so strong we couldn't cross. So other than hiking a bit upstream (looking for log crossings) we only did a little over two miles. Probably late August or September the creek will be crossable and we can get to Little Lola Montez lake.

6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Awesome

11 months ago

very pretty once your off the service road.

hiking
11 months ago

I would actually rate this hike as moderate instead of easy due to one good hill climb. The trail itself isn't really all that pretty or scenic and you can hear the traffic from I-80 for the first mile. There was no water in either of the 2 river crossings. Lower Lola Montez Lake is gorgeous and there's a great place to take a dip on the left side of the lake near some granite slabs. The lake makes this hike worth while.

11 months ago

Friday, July 15, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

hiking
Thursday, July 03, 2014

This used to be an annual favorite for my family. My last to trips up have been like walking along the highway. Overcrowded - trash - not what it used to be. I think the proximity and ease of access have ruined this once pristine day hike. Too bad.

hiking
Thursday, April 24, 2014

I finally got to Lola Montez Lake after a couple of failed attempts. Once the snow was too high, and another time the creek was to big to cross. Since then someone made a little log bridge across the creek which makes crossing it possible (if slightly precarious) without taking off your boots and wading. I don't know why i keep going in the spring; possibly because my old hiking book says this trail gets a lot of use in the summer.

There was still plenty of snow but it was fairly firm. Still, if someone hadn't hiked it a day or two before me I don't know if I'd have been able to follow the last part of the trail which crosses a big meadow.

Good hike. Great views from just above the lake. Not a soul around though someone had camped there a day or two before. Still want to see it inn the summer!

Actual hiking time was 3h 15m round trip.

hiking
Saturday, June 08, 2013

Great late spring hike sans almost breaking my toe on a rock while rock hopping across the river. Probably a good idea to keep your shoes on due to slippery rocks, especially if you are wearing waterproof gear. The nimble will have no problems as long as the water is low. The hike is meandering and climbing besides your initial decent. Beautiful views and amazing water at the lake. Look for a post on your left that had been hit by a fallen tree and is the junction for "Hole in the Ground" mtn bike trail that vears off to the right. You want to step over the fallen tree and climb the rock to continue toward a lake. My geeky phone map saved us from increasing our already tracked 8.2 miles to more than would have been safe.