Sand Ridge and the Five Lakes Basin

MODERATE 16 reviews
#28 of 144 trails in

Sand Ridge and the Five Lakes Basin is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

10.8 miles
1,696 feet

dog friendly




horseback riding

trail running






2 months ago

My favorite place!

10 months ago

Hiked this trail from the Grouse Ridge Campground trail head. Trail to Glacier Lake was easy to follow, trail to Five Lakes Basin was not. That's ok. We found the lake, and had it to ourselves. There are at least three developed campsites at Five Lakes. At this time of year the water is warm, and we enjoyed swimming. The dog enjoyed the trail.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great loop with really cool views. Lots of fun lakes to swim in and have fun around. Only downside is it's very trafficked. If you don't mind camping near others then you wouldn't be bothered. Only reason it didn't get a 5 was the amount of people. Good trail overall.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

We had a great time on this trail! It was still snowy when we were there, so good GPS through AllTrails was key. It's also dog-friendly - a huge plus for us. The one drawback of this trail is that it seems to be very well-trafficked, so it may not be as secluded as some other less beautiful trails. However, I understand why so many people want to visit - its got gorgeous lakes and streams and beautiful wildflowers.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Nice walk not super strenuous. Late start on a Monday. We arrived at the lot around 1100. People were leaving as we were walking in. People were arriving when we left around 1400. Hiked, swam, and ran. We had a good time so did the dog!

Monday, July 10, 2017

I am taking my kids here on Wednesday, looking for an update on Trail and Lake conditions, backpacking into Glacier Lake or 5 Lakes Basin. Will we use the Sand Ridge Trail.

Thanks for the updates!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Been coming here for 2-3 decades and I never tire of its beauty.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great backpacking and hiking area. Beautiful views. We camped at Milk Lake and hiked to Penner. Old Sand Ridge Trail is still buried in snow. We will return later this summer. Met backpackers that fished Penner and Island with no luck. Water is ice cold.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gorgeous hike. There were a lot of people at the trailhead, but we lost everyone once we started the loop. There is still quite a bit of snow as of 6/24, though its compressed so you can walk on it. We got lost a few times. Having a GPS or a good maps is necessary and compass. We didn't do the full loop - we did the northern part on the Sand Ridge Trail, which was completely accessible. The southern part of the loop (on the Glacier Lake Trail) looked very snowy. Lots of beautiful lakes to camp around!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

My favorite place to backpack. Typically I stop at Island Lake, pick a spot and camp there. Swimming during the day. Absolutely beautiful here. Fishing is good here too!

11 months ago

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016