Sand Ridge and the Five Lakes Basin

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Sand Ridge and the Five Lakes Basin is a 11 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1837 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

backpacking
1 day ago

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!

backpacking
20 days ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
Monday, June 27, 2016