Mount Lola Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sierraville, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,532 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

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horseback riding

mountain biking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Truckee: Travel north on State Road #89 for approximately 13 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road # 7. Travel west for approximately 1.3 miles and turn left onto Independence Lake Road south. Travel south for approximately 0.5 to the junction with Sierra County Road #S301. Turn right at the first intersection and continue west for approximately 3 miles to the trailhead.

5 months ago

great trail did in August camped just a little under the top couldn't get over the last bank of snow will come back next year

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7 months ago

Lots of tree cover the first 3.5 miles. My GPS calculated 9.5 miles round trip from my car at the beginning of the trail head. Not difficult until the last 1/2 mile of steep elevation gain. Great trail condition.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

This hike has it all, a great workout on the easy to follow trail, amazing Cold Creek with gorgeous sights along the way, many wildflowers (even in September) and a 360 degree view at the top. One of the best hikes in the Tahoe area.

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8 months ago

I recommend trekking poles for the downhill portion of this hike. The trail was open and unobstructed. There is a waterfall about half way up, right side, just off trail. There were two small trickle water crossings. Panoramic views at the summit.

hiking
9 months ago

still snow at the top. Would only recommend if you know where you are going once up near top of Lola. but overall beautiful hike and would most recommend it.

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10 months ago

The wooden bridge mentioned in Trail books is washed out. Go upstream a few hundred yards where fallen trees provide passage to the trail. On 7/6/19 way too much snow to follow the trail to the top. Had to turn around at 4.5. Wildflowers at the beginning of the hike (<2 miles in) were gorgeous.

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Sun Nov 18 2018

Awesome hike and probably one of my favorite hikes around Tahoe. I did the hike with my wife. Do NOT follow Google maps directions at the very end. If you are coming from highway 80, Google maps tells you to take Henness Pass road but don't take it and a left on Bear Valley road (it's only 0.5 miles or less away). then right away you will make another left. 1.5 miles later you will make a left. then from there you can get on Henness Pass. the reason for this is because the Henness Pass is a very road road but you get to skip the worst part if you follow my directions. Unless you have a Jeep or something that can handle off-roading.

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Sun Jul 08 2018

Backpacked the trail on 06/29 through 07/01. As first time backpackers the climb was pretty intense and we had to take quite a few breaks. We started at the Mt. Lola trailhead around 1:30 p.m. hoping to reach the peak that evening. We managed to reach the Knob where we camped out between the pine trees to get out of the wind. The night was cold up there as to be expected and the trail, in some spots, was covered with snow just before ascending the knob. The view from the knob was absolutely beautiful and the sunrise was breathtaking. We met three day hikers while on the peak on day two. From the peak we backpacked to White Rock Lake. There were a few fallen trees covering some of the trail which made it somewhat difficult to get through, but we managed. The trail leading down the backside of a hill after the switch-backs/ridge walk was non existent so we had to really scramble to make the last 3/4 mile descent to White Rock Lake. That was definitely the toughest part of the trail. The lake was crystal clear and refreshing once we got there. Plenty of campsites- designated and non designated. No permit needed. Would do it again, but would leave the 25 lbs packs at home and opt for a day hike!

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Mon Oct 02 2017

Hiked trail on October 1. Large snow fields near summit, but not on trail. Saw four other day hikers and one pair of backpackers coming from White Rock Lake. Windy at summit, but could have been much worse. All wild flowers gone, but still good water flow in Cold Stream.

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Mon Aug 14 2017

I started this hike from the trailhead (well marked and not as drawn on this map) and enjoyed the walk along Cold Stream. I think this make for a much prettier hike than taking the jeep road. Plenty of wildflowers and the sounds of the creek were delightful. This heads into the jeep road and into Cold Stream meadow. I very much enjoyed the meadow. Then up to the peak with only a small patch of snow. I combined this with Lola North to get the CoHP for Sierra and Nevada counties.

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Sat Jun 24 2017

Nice hike to the summit but there are far more scenic ones in the Tahoe basin.

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Sun Jul 03 2016

Great hike!

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Mon Nov 02 2015

Backpacked in from the base of Castle Pass, past Whiterock Lake and up Mt. Lola. Very windy and cold but awesome! There are two rock structures at the top, providing a respite from the wind but not much else. Props to those who endeavor to build and maintain these little fortresses!

hiking
Thu Feb 26 2015

There's a few different paths to the summit for snowmobilers so if you plan on hiking it during the winter months like I did, heads up, navigate by following the creek and you should be good. Near the summit is deep snow and there were sections I wish I had crampons. Due to the incline near the summit and a couple other areas I would say it's a fairly challenging mountain, but the views are worth it! I would definitely suggest it. 3 1/2 hr RT for me.

hiking
Mon Jul 21 2014

Great trail for a day-hike to Mt. Lola Peak. Well maintained trail with low usage throughout the summer months (not sure about the winter yet). For reference, the parking area is at 6,600 ft., the meadow is 3.1 miles from the parking area on Henness Pass Rd. and sits at 7,750 ft., the peak is 5.6 miles from the parking area at 9,143 ft. The Meadow marks the halfway point for elevation gain, but is a little over halfway to the peak, from the meadow to the peak is 2.5 miles. For additional hiking, you can continue along the trail 1.8 miles to White Rock Lake. The lake sits at 7,800 ft. and is approximately 7.4 miles one way from the parking area. The lake is visible from the peak if you walk to the edge facing Old Man Mountain and Fordyce Lake (both visible from the peak). This would make for a 14.8 mile Round-Trip hike.

hiking
Fri Aug 02 2013

The distance shown for this trail isn't always right, since there's about three different ways to do it. We did this from the northernmost trailhead on the Henness Pass dirt road, where it's 5.5 miles one-way and 2420 feet of ascent. The dirt road there should be passable to any car if you take Jackson Meadows road (paved) from 89, and after about 1.5 miles take that switchback road to Henness. There is a parking area for this trailhead with (whats left of) a big sign that says "Mount Lola Trail". The trail itself is in good shape and easy to follow. It follows Cold Stream up the forested cirque of the mountain, so there's not much to look at until Cold Stream Meadow. At one point the trail joins the fire road over the wood bridge that crosses the stream. The bridge is pretty much collapsed now and probably couldn't be driven over. Most of the elevation gain is towards the end as it climbs the ridge for maybe 1300 feet - very steep at the end and covered volcanic rock and dust. The summit is barren and offers good views in all directions, and there's a couple of stone windbreaks to take shelter in. It was midweek in summer and we never saw anyone else. Overall a nice trail, it's essentially a harder version of Castle Peak.

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recorded Mount Lola Trail

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