Salmon Lake Trail

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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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

dogs on leash

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
19 days ago

Had a great time hiking the trail to salmon lake with our kids (7 and 9). Definitely an easy trail that we could do again sometime with the grandparents too or as a first backpacking trip. We opted to go off trail and hike around the lake, totaling about 4 Miles on the GPS there, around, and back. We spent 5 hours total including lots of sitting, playing, wading and swimming. A perfect afternoon!

It’s easy to lose the trail for a little bit around the first big rock outcrop. Just look around and you’ll pick it right back up again, it’s a well travelled path.

Driving directions are not correct. After the point where the directions leave off drive another 1.5 miles forward, over a pretty big rut that will get your attention. Trail is obvious, wide and on the left. We made the trip easily but carefully in our minivan.

hiking
1 month ago

Lost the trail a bit on the way up, but was a pretty lake

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, but you have to drive on about 6 miles of an unpaved fire road, so make sure you bring the appropriate vehicle. My ‘04 RAV4 did the trick, but any less clearance than that would’ve been rough. I had thought that any trail rated easy would’ve been toddler appropriate. It wasn’t. We hiked the whole way with my 18 mo in the hiking carrier. It was rough in some spots due to climbing on fairly steep granite. But doable. Salmon lake isn’t one I would want to swim in, but there is lots of fish. Lovely, remote. We were the only ones there, and we had a nice hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Fabulous out and back 8 miler from Hampshire Rocks Road during the first snow, 5-8 inches depending on where. Nobody within miles and a great spot for a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

11 months ago

Excellent hike and camping. Must have a fire permit and bring warm clothes.

backpacking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Quite a short hike to get to Salmon Lake but if you'd like to travel further you can connect over to Loch Leven Lakes which is not far. We decided to camp on Salmon Lake. There are about 5 or 6 well-established campsites in place. One group set up a campsite on the west side of the lake in a nice spot. Another duo were sleeping under a tarp in the NW area. The water was perfect as far as temperature and going for a swim was great. There are lot of catfish in this little lake and if you dangle your feet in the water they nibble at your feet. Good thing they don't have teeth :-)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beautiful hike, a fun little lake with lots of little catfish.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Just did this trail for the first time today. 7/11/17. No snow and the road was fine (just a normal bumpy dirt road) contrary to what a previous person said. When you are headed to the trail take the road that goes to the Day Use Area (which is Rd 19). The rest of the directions are pretty accurate, 4 miles on Rd 19, turn left on Rd 38 (no sign), 2 miles on that road and trail is on your left. Keep an eye out for a wide part of the road that looks like it could be a parking area. The trail is just before the parking area but is really hard to see because the bushes are really large. Trail is in pretty good condition (a few fallen trees from the winter, but easy to go around). Salmon Lake is nice and warm. We also continued on to Loch Leven Lakes, just about 3/4 of a mile further and those are great too. Warm enough to swim in and great for the dogs.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Be aware there are many conflicting directions on the net to this trail head. Currently ( as of 7/1/17) the dirt roads that are used to get to the trail are in really bad shape. With very sharp, large rocks covering the entire length of the roads.

No doubt from the rough winter. Fine if you have a high clearence vehicle that you don't mind getting dinged up and really filthy. Also be warned there are people running off road vehicles on the roads at speed. All that and the lack of signage make for a bit of a mess just getting too and from.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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
Monday, June 19, 2017

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
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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
Sunday, September 25, 2016

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
Saturday, August 20, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

great hike. not too hard and great scenery

backpacking
Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

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!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Good hike... If you park where the directions tell you to you walk up the fire dirt/gravel road, around 1st lake and then continue onto the trail. The 1st half is a fire dirt road and the 2nd half is a hiking trail. When you get to a T go right, up the hill to salmon lake. Great little lake! Nice little day hike.

hiking
Saturday, August 31, 2013

The hike is a little to easy to be considered a hike. There was a steady slope going down to the lake, nothing hard to get back up. It's more of a stroll to the lake. Salmon lake is very pretty though, great swimming.

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