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Summit Lake Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked 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, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 442 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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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Reviews (258)
Photos (479)
Recordings (231)
Completed (520)
Anna Moskovits
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Hiking

Beautiful!

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Travis Rueff
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Hiking

Wonderful trail. Beautiful scenery

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Sue K.
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Nina C.
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Hiking

Beautiful and navigable. Didn’t like the highway noise.

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Chris Boykin
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Kaitlyn Irwin
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I loved this trail. There are plenty of signs along the trail to direct you. Most of the trail is shaded. I got there close to 10 and I didn’t see many people along the trail at all. Afternoon was much busier. It was a brand new area to me and I did it alone, felt safe the whole time.

Carina Rivera
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Hiking

Lots of flowers, but lots of brown corn Lilly by August. The trail was pretty flat and easy except for you have to pay attention to where you step because there is a lot of exposed tree roots and rocks. The only bummer was that you could hear and see the freeway at points.

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Stacy Ulmer
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Not too crowded - many people were wearing masks and let people pass while maintaining 6 ft. Dogs enjoyed the lake. Well marked

Angie Castro
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Kim Cooper
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HikingBugs

gorgeous trail. flowers at their peak. lots of hikers. will do it again.

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Christie Callaghan
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I loved this trail! Beautiful wooded areas, wildflower meadows, tons of granite, creeks, lakes, it has everything without bring a very strenuous trail. However, it does not get 5 stars because you can hear traffic on 80 the entire time which was a bit of a buzzkill.

Priya Macpherson
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Hiking

Great trail! One of our favorite hikes we have done in awhile. We ate lunch by the lake, and our dog enjoyed cooling off in the water. We got lost getting back, and encountered some other people who were lost as well- just a heads up!

Joseph Cawood
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HikingBugsRocky

Highly recommend, beautiful views and well groomed trail. Some people mentioned that the tunnels were filled with water, but when we went they were clear.

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Virginia Dowd
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike. Lots of wildflowers.

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Kristin Vandro
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HikingBugs

Nice trail! We had perfect weather! I’d definitely bring water shoes for two of the tunnels. A lot of mosquitos near the water areas. I got about 10 bites and 1 through my pants!

Jaimie Frances Gibson
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HikingBugs

The weather was perfect. The tunnels had some water, but you can avoid getting wet if you hike close to the tunnel walls. I did this hike in the late afternoon and got eaten alive by mosquitos near the wet areas, even through my clothes. Bring bug spray and head netting if hiking this trail in warmer weather.

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Jennifer Grabowsky
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Did this trail with our two kids 4 and 7. Lovely trail with lots of wildflowers, various terrains. Plenty of shade and several creek access points for our dog along the way. Lake is chilly as expected but wonderful wading and lunch spot. Lots of mosquitoes.

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B Bliss
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awesome views. easy hike. nice lake. concerning the tunnels with water, icy cold! bring slippers or Crocs. 1st tunnel you can walk through quickly since low water. 2nd is about knee high with a few rocks but only about 25 ft long (during this time of yr). worth going thru to get to the lake imo. ONLY LEAVE FOOTPRINTS.

Christiana Turner
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Lovely trail! If you plan on walking through the tunnels bring some good shoes that can take the water, and maybe even spare socks. First tunnel was about an inch high of water, second reached nearly a foot high, however was dry halfway through. Elevation gain seems higher than what’s listed? Stayed on the map up to the lake, went on to Donner Rim trail and ended at Johnson Canyon and back.

Dimitri Gerasimov
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Snowy and wet but beautiful! Easy trail and half the time you aren’t even on the trail :)

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Gannon Brady
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Kiernan Brady
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