Mears Lake Valley Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
#116 of 165 trails in

Mears Lake Valley Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Norden, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.3 miles
977 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


This trail is only accessible to overnight campers (14-day min, $25/Day).

6 days ago

Did this hike mid August. We backpacked as a one nighter 3 adults and 1 five year old. We were hoping to cross more bodies of water or creeks. Still a beautiful hike. It was short and can be done as a day hike. Saw lots of old bear poop, but had no bear activity overnight. It only costed us $5 a night to park our car at the campground as an “extra vehicle.” Did not have to pay for a campsite.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

This was a nice hike. A good climb going up. Very beautiful. We took our dog and she loved it! There was evidence of bears although we didn't come across any. We don't make it to the end of the trail this time because of the rain but would like to another day. Take note, don't park in the campground you could get a ticket. The campground manager warned us because we parked near one of the access roads. She was nice about it but said don't do it again. The day use area charges a fee and is quite far. This hike would be best for folks camping at Lodgepole campground.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

non-accessible. Only for overnight campers (14-DAY MINIMUM, $25/DAY!!!). At least per the map/directions. It's possible that you can park off the road and hike from there, but I'm not going to risk it. I ended up going to Loch Leven instead (a favorite).