Summit Lake Trail

EASY 53 reviews
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Summit Lake Trail is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near Soda Springs, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

lake

Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge Road exit, which is immediately west of the highway's Donner Summit Roadside Rest Area. On the south side of the highway there is a sign reading: Tahoe National Forest Trailhead Donner Summit Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the directions on the sign turning east for 0.4 miles to the trailhead.

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8 days ago

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9 days ago

Another fantastic hike. Dogs off leash ok. Probably should bring a little water for the pups. Not too far of a hike but still the beauty is amazing.

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9 days ago

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10 days ago

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14 days ago

Lovely hike that is perfect for someone who wants a little exercise, some challenge, great views, and doesn't have all day. It's easy to accidentally divert from the trail, and the trail around the lake is not very clear (you may have to make your own way). The lake is very swimming friendly. Wildflowers still visible, and lots of dogs.

18 days ago

beautiful lake and easy laidback hike.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Second time on this trail, but this time we parked at the westbound I-80 rest area and started there instead of at the designated start over a mile farther. So if you want to shorten it, start at the rest area. Otherwise a nice, pretty trail with lots to see. Summit lake is beautiful and good for a swim. My only complaint is the yahoos who 4x4 in from a road on the east side of the lake. They come in loud, stay loud, and bring loud things that hikers wouldn't carry in. If forestry closed that road, it'd be perfection. But since it's the yahoos who make it unpleasant and not the trail or lake itself, still five stars.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike. Well maintained trails with a few small water crossings but no need to get feet wet. A couple of cool tunnels under the freeway. Lots of beautiful wild flowers and great views. We will definitely hike this one again.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Well maintained, wildflowers, pretty lake, quite a few people and dogs on a Sunday afternoon.

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1 month ago

Beautiful and easy hike. My dog and I really enjoy it.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great short hike to a pristine lake.

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2 months ago

Sierra granite, beautiful lake and forest to explore.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Good Hike. Still very muddy and patches of snow. The tunnels under the freeway were fine on the way in the morning but in the afternoon were flooded.