Salmon Lake Trail

EASY 23 reviews
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Salmon Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Norden, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
508 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

lake

views

From Yuba Gap exit on I-80, drive south on Yuba Gap road for 0.3 mile, and turn right toward Lodgepole campground. At 1.1 miles further, turn left on road 19 (unpaved). Drive four miles and turn left on road 38. Drive 2 miles to the trailhead, 0.5 mile past Huysink Lake. The trail begins on the left near a willow thicket. Parking is available on the right side of the road.

hiking
6 days ago

As the previous reviewer stated, the trail currently is difficult to follow in places due to a large blowdown (about a quarter mile from parking area), and several areas still have very slick and unstable snow packs. Finally some areas are muddy and have standing water on the trail due to melting snow. We were unable to reach the lake because inability to climb the snow covering the trail leading up to the Salmon Lake overlook.

backpacking
6 days ago

My earlier post seems to have gone missing. My apologies if this ends up being a double post. Easy hike with excellent lakes at the end. The late winter has made the trail difficult to find at times. Both snow and water have made it difficult to find in places both coming and going. Should be fine by July. Folks I met on the trail that were repeat visitors seemed to manage without much difficulty. I did lose the trail, having not been here for a number of years, on the return trip coming over the shoulder. Was never lost mind you, just misplaced the actual trail for a quarter mile or so. Plenty to orient by (the large meadow). I would suggest traveling with frequent visitors and/or experienced hikers till the trail clears. In normal conditions this is an easy peasy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Went to check out this trail today. The road leading up to the trail head is rough. The weather was perfect. It was easy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

One of our top 10 favorites. Quiet trail that is perfect for the Smaller kids and dogs. Just about 2 miles to lower Loch Leven Lake but be sure to go the extra 1/4 mile to Middle Loch Leven. For sure the way to see the Loch Leven lakes. Perfect day hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike! Beautiful lake with a rock jumping spot. When you get to the end of the directions provided by the app you still need to drive a quarter of a mile til the turn out for the trailhead.

11 months ago

Great trail for Families with kids. We went all the way to Loch Leven Lakes and camped. Salmon Lake was a great resting spot.

backpacking
11 months ago

11 months ago

great hike. not too hard and great scenery

hiking
11 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

This trail is the right one to get to the loch leven lakes. The designated loch leven trail is longer steeper and uglier. This trail dumps you out at lower loch and middle and high loch are only 1/4, 1 mike longer, respectively. Perfect backpacking trial. Lots of campsites at all three lakes.

11 months ago

snowshoeing
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, October 02, 2015

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nice side-trip on our way to High Loch Leven. Pretty lake & easy to get to.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

hiking
Friday, July 31, 2015

Long dirt road to trail head. The family and I used this trail to reach Loch Leven Lakes. This route is 5.2 miles out and back, but I believe is a nicer route than Loch Leven Lakes Trail if your backpacking with kids and a doggy. We overnighted at Middle Loch because we found a great spot to set up camp.

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015

Great day hike and dog friendly! It's a 4-5 mile drive on a dusty road to the trailhead, but well worth it. We only saw a couple of people that must have camped overnight. Beautiful little lake and amazing surroundings!