Pinecrest Lake Loop

MODERATE 132 reviews
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Pinecrest Lake Loop is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Strawberry, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
367 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

paddle sports

trail running






wild flowers


no shade

NOTE: Dogs are not allowed near the lake between May 15th and Sept 15th.

19 days ago

love this trail

21 days ago

This trail was tough. Not good for little kids unless their parents are patient and strong.

1 month ago

Great little hike!

1 month ago

Scenic “stroll” trail around the lake. Multiple areas with no coverage so wear a hat. Trail is mostly flat with the exception of a few spots. Bring your fishing poles to hike to the inlet at the far side of the lake! If you’d like a more strenuous trail, take the route to Cleo’s Bath.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Rocky narrow trail. I would suggest to start at the marina side and travel clockwise because it is goes through rock areas that tend to get hot and the beach side has shade and is cool.

2 months ago

Beautiful views and rocky terrain. Very worth the hike!!

2 months ago

We hiked around the lake on Memorial Day with our kids (ages 7, 5, 3 and the 1-year-old was on our backs). Our 7 and 5 year-olds hiked the whole loop with no problems. It was not only a scenic trail, but the trail itself was a lot of fun to walk on.

trail running
2 months ago

Was definitely a great trail to run! Pretty challenging with all the rocks to climb and hop over. the bridge you have to cross over a waterfall was a bit spooky but totally worth the views!

3 months ago

Awesome hike.

3 months ago

Nice and easy trail but heavily trafficked. Have to constantly move out of the way for oncoming hikers or people behind you. Some people almost take pets out and doesn’t clean up after them. Either than that the trail is beautiful and worth it if you have the patience.

3 months ago

Easy hiking with a well maintained trail and easy to find markers. The main water inlet is absolutely amazing, plenty of great spots along the way to take pictures, pinecrest can get overwhelmed with guests so we like to do our adventuring as early as possible.

4 months ago

Nice hike, great views and the snow on the ground made for great pics! animal tracks in the snow indicate a bear or mountain lion were present beyond the water tanks. I would never do this hike during tourist season but February 2018 was a perfect time!

5 months ago

Loved the view . It’s a great little hike :)

6 months ago

Great hike with good views! Not hard but has a bit of it all on this loop!

6 months ago

It’s a beautiful trail, my first and only time there was during winter time. The shore was covered with snow, not a soul around and the water eerily calm. With proper footwear and clothing trail was doable and I managed to do about 1/2 of it until I started to freeze. Looking forward to spring and summer, looks like a fantastic place to go swimming.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike around a high mountain lake.

8 months ago

This trail is relatively easy, however it is extremely rocky so small children should have a carrier, their are high cliffs and boulders that can be dangerous it is not a leisurely stroll. So bring water and sun screen pack a lunch and enjoy the amazing sceneries.

9 months ago

Took about two and half hours. Wear good shoes. Not all areas are flat. Nice view of the lake.

10 months ago

A little tight in some spots but fun

11 months ago

Really easy and flat trail. If you get too hot you can jump right into the lake from the trail. Most of the trail hugs the lake

11 months ago

mad I didn't record it. had a blast would love to do it again.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hiked with my dog today, it's an amazing trail with a great amount of shade and often enough access to the lake that the pup can drink. Will definitely hike it again soon!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Great Trail! We do the pine crest loop trail every summer and it's an excellent hike. The dam side of the hike is a little more moderate with steeper inclines and more elevation change.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Harder than easy

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great family lake with easy loop trail, dog friendly. Best to go early.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Moderate nice everyone seems to be happy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not much elevation gain but very uneven terrain. Based on 'easy' I took my 81year young mother. It took 4hrs....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Very easy yet fun trail

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Busy trail, heavy dog traffic. Hit it at sunrise and avoid the rush.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beautiful hike with a variety of terrain to keep it interesting.

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