Summit Lake, Snag Lake and Horseshoe Lake Loop

MODERATE 1 reviews

Summit Lake, Snag Lake and Horseshoe Lake Loop is a 23 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking.

DISTANCE
23.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,913 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

snow

backpacking
18 days ago

Did this as a short 3 day backpacking trip. We took the summit lake trail to the right to get to Twin Lake (a bit over 5 miles) and went clockwise. The best part of the trail was between Snag Lake and Horseshoe. Even with the fire devastation, it's still a beautiful route.
Couple of notes: a bear came close to our camp (75-100') after our late dinner. While it didn't bother us, we found out it's a park resident and had been through an open bear canister (they only work when they are closed tight) and a backpack that only had a first aid kit. Also, the mosquito's are horrendous. I sprayed Permethrin on my hiking pants and it was the only thing they didn't like. We tried the 'natural' sprays and those don't work at all. We had nets for our heads, and that was great. Not sure if DEET works, as we didn't have any.