Pinecrest Lake Loop and Catfish Lake Side Hike

MODERATE 107 reviews

Pinecrest Lake Loop and Catfish Lake Side Hike is a 3.7 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
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

trail running
5 days 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!

6 days ago

Awesome hike.

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
12 days 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.

2 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!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 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.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike around a high mountain lake.

5 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.

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

A little tight in some spots but fun

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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!

10 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.

10 months ago

Harder than easy

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Moderate nice everyone seems to be happy

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Very easy yet fun trail

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Peaceful

11 months ago

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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
Monday, May 15, 2017

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
Thursday, April 06, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

this is a place that my family have been going to before I was born and we still go to this day. is a grate place to go if you want to get away and be in nature

walking
Friday, November 25, 2016

I wouldn't call this "hiking". It's more of a leisurely walk on uneven terrain. Pretty flat all the way with occasional inclines. Really great walk in the morning after a couple of days hiking nearby Crabtree trail. The reservoir is pretty (tons of rises).
Nov 5/2016

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