Mount Lola Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sierraville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.7 miles
2,486 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers



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.

4 months ago

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!

Monday, October 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.

Monday, August 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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great hike!

Monday, November 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!

Thursday, February 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.

Monday, July 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.

Friday, August 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.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Friday, June 26, 2015