Salmon Lake Trail

EASY 39 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
423 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.

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1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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 :-)

4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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.

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5 months 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.

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5 months 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.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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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.