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Mt. Elwell and Long Lake Loop is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blairsden Graeagle, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking and is best used from July until November.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,034 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Hiking

Mountain biking

Forest

Lake

Views

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Getting There

Start on the Smith Lake Trail, near the Gray Eagle Lodge, heading up toward Smith Lake; once you get about .5 miles, veer left, staying on Smith Lake Trail, then, within .1 mile, you come to the Mt Elwell trail, turning left here for the ascent of the North flank, which is forested most of the way up to the summit, and, can have snow still on the trail in to July on this side of the Mountain.

From Quincy, CA., go East on Hwy. 70 for 23 miles, turn right on to Hwy. 89, go through the little town of Graeagle (be prepared to go slowly, as it can be busy with tourists in the town); just as you pass the town of Graeagle, start looking for Gold Lake Hwy. and turn right, go 5.1 miles , and turn right on Gray Eagle Lodge Rd (good gravel road), at .4 mile you can either park, or turn right on to rough dirt road to get to Trailhead (about .2 mile).

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Mark Aizenberg
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Rocky

Started from Smith lake trail head by Graeagle Lodge. Smooth elevation to Mount Elwell peak. Climb to Elwell peak is not marked and all steep rock climb. Worth it if able to do. Descent to Long Lake pretty steep and becomes rocky closer to Lake. Might be hard for sensitive paws. Markings in the final miles could be tricky and feel long. In the end it was a must do hike with epic views and a great feeling of accomplishment at the finish line.

thomas putnam
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HikingRockySnow

Lovely loop hike 2 days ago with great mix of creeks, forest, summits, and lake views. The east facing ascent trail is covered with snow but fairly easy to follow. The rocky descent down to Long Lake is beautiful but not recommended for sensitive dog paws or creaky human knees.

Laura Poor
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Tyler Pierce
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Hiking

I definitely prefer hiking Elwell from the Long Lake side, it’s far more scenic. The hike to Smith Lake is ok but not great and then it’s just hiking in the forest with the moss covered trees. I like views! The way down from Elwell to Long Lake is awesome with spectacular views of the lake. Watch your footing on the loose rocks – I bailed running down and could have done serious damage. Glad I did this hike but Elwell with the Long Lake loop is preferable.

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Kevin Charpentier
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Hiking

Great view!

Scott Ferguson
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Derrick B.
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Dave Jensen
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Jeff Lazarus
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Ben Porter
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George Dean
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Sue Petersen
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Den Fusso
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mike orear
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Karen Stockton
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Melissa Price
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Kevin Reedy
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Lynn R.
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Tamie Tattics
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mike orear
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Andrew Oddie
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Tom Miller
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