Pinecrest Lake Loop and Catfish Lake Side Hike

MODERATE 94 reviews

Pinecrest Lake Loop and Catfish Lake Side Hike is a 6.9 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 May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

20 days ago

Beautiful hike around a high mountain lake.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

A little tight in some spots but fun

hiking
4 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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Harder than easy

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Moderate nice everyone seems to be happy

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Very easy yet fun trail

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Peaceful

7 months ago

beautiful! go early (by 8am) in the summer because it gets busy by 10am. not hard at all!

8 months ago

Beautiful hike. Definately closer to 7 miles....but loved it. Took 4 hours for us with a 3 1/2 year old but she was able to do most of it herself!

hiking
8 months ago

nice enough trail, a lot of it is actually paved so I wouldn't call it hiking. Tons of people, but being right in Pinecrest everyone does it.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail around the lake , lots of ups and downs, the views are great. Bathroom halfway but closed for the season. Sure felt longer that 3.7 more like 5 to me.

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