Spaulding Lake Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Spaulding Lake Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
734 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The beginning of the trail follows an old washed out roadbed for a quarter mile before climbing a series of switchbacks. The trail is mostly under deep tree cover along rocky ground. There is a significant climb of approximately 700 feet to the edge of lake Spaulding. In the spring there are substantial wet areas and small streams to ford. About 3 miles in you will need to cross under a large pipeline (penstock). Follow the pipline up the hill approximately 150 feet before continuing on eastward to the lake overlook. Alternately, follow the pipe line south to a small foot bridge that takes you to the overlook near PG& E's small hydeo-electric power plant. Return by the same route.

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love this trail! there are a few detours due to trail issues, so bringing a GPS and following the alltrails map is a good idea, but you will end up at spaulding lake one way or another :). The water was not flowing too high so that was not an issue but in spring that could be a problem. beautiful lush forested area. dogs had a blast. had a nice afternoon thundershower to cool things down. There is a bit of up and down on this trail so be prepared for a moderate workout.

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We loved this trail! It had everything we wanted, great wildflowers, dog friendly, not too strenuous, shady, sparsely populated. but we heard about a waterfall, and couldn't find it. maybe next time.

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Had a great hike. Just moved here about a week ago, and this was my first hike in California. Trail was a little unclear in some spots. But still made it easily to the end. On the way back however I did come across a rattlesnake that was just off the trail hiding in a bush. Thankfully my dog didn't find it. Other than that encounter absolutely beautiful day.

2 months ago

Great Hike! More strenuous as you get farther on the trail. Lake offers a great stop for a snack.