Powell Lake

EASY 13 reviews
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Powell Lake is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
853 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

trail running





wild flowers



Very nice easy trail with great scenery leading to a lake that is fed by a creek, however if your not used to high altitude (elevation here is about 8,499 feet) you might get tired and/or altitude sickness very easily.

6 months ago

Lovely lake and stunning views from burst rock along the way

6 months ago

Killer views only 1/2 mile or so in that just keep going as you hike along the ridge top. The lake was nice and serene, though a bit marshy around the edges. We reached the lake about noon and there were plenty of mosquitos about. Awesome mellow hike

7 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I am a complete noob and my wife and I did this hike past Powell and on to Chewing Gum. Some seriously beautiful scenery and completely worth it. She did get nauseous the first day, but was much better on the second. Two parts of the trail to Chewing Gum Lake are above 9100 ft. There are two ways in to the trailhead, the easiest being CA108 to Crabtree Rd to Forest Route 4N47. The prettiest is Dodge Ridge Rd to Forest Route 4N34, and that had some pretty rough spots.

The weekend we went there were about 25 people.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

This was a fabulous day hike! The first half is more strenuous then the second half, hence making the journey back easier. So much variety of topography, all of my favorite things, water, trees, majestic granite mountains, wildflowers and a beautiful lake as your prize at the end. Well marked trail, a bit of a rid off 108 but was able to do it in a Nissan Rogue. It was a great day

Friday, August 02, 2013

Amazing hike. Easy enough for a beginner. Spectacular views. Worst part was the road in, all gravel for about 9 miles.. I suggest going in through Crabtree.. But either way it's a great hike

Friday, June 14, 2013

Passed Powell lake to Chewing Gum Lake destination last summer. Long day hike, although very beautiful. The drive is a bit rocky for the last few miles - good to have a truck.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

6-8-2013 to 6-9-2013: Hiked from Gianelli with final destination of Toejam Lake but camped at Whitesides Meadow 6.5 miles from the Gianelli Trailhead. Passed by Lake Powell, great hike to do but be warned of mosquito early summer, recommend hiking in September for this.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Powell Lake is a very nice destination for an overnight backpacking trip to the Emigrant Wilderness. At just under 2 miles in from the Gianelli Cabin Trail Head, it is a moderate hike without much of of an elevation gain. The hike features a variety of terrain and views. In July there were still a few patches of snow. This was a very intense mosquito year. Be sure to pack insect repellant! The lake is pretty with dry granite campsites nearby. It serves as a great base for the many day hikes in the area.

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