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Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail [CLOSED]

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Tahoe National Forest

Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.3 km Elevation gain 450 m Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Running Lake Views Wildlife Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Travis Johnson
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Erika Bennett
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Nice hike from our campsite. Very little shade and some steeper areas with rocks. The lake was beautiful and perfect temperature for a swim to cool off from the hike!

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Ben Basallo
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Great short hike.

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Steven Christenson
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China Rider
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We took the short hike up to Volcano Lake and back. The trail was on the easier side of moderate. The steepest climb was just before the end of the trail out and not very long. We brought three kids 11-13 years old and they enjoyed the trek. Plenty of nice views down into the valley along the way to pause and take in. The Sierra Buttes stand tall over the lake and offer a dramatic skirting backdrop to the view. Look closely and you can pick out the boxed pagoda shape of the fire lookout cabin perched at the apex of the tallest butte.

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Carol Metzdorf
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Beautiful views along the route and at the top. If you want to scramble up the side of a mountain take the Old Volcano Lake Trail or go 1/4 mile more and take the maintenance road up

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Jena Taylor
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This is a great hike however it’s a bit misleading. It’s definitely not “hard” nor is it nearly 5.8 miles. It was no more than 2 miles one way. Nonetheless it is beautiful once you get to the lake. Well worth it, just was expecting more of a challenge with distance and stamina. How to get there: Once you take the turn towards packer lake and go over the bridge, it is your first left turnout. Thanks to a previous poster, it is the mile marker “622-1” with a brown sign above it that says “dead end road not maintained”. Park there. You will see the gravel “trail” and that is the start of your hike. There are no signs for this hike. Less than 1/4 mile in, you will come across water. You can cross it on a dry well balanced log on the right. About 1.5 miles in you will hit a fork where you can go straight or take the trail to the right. Take it to the right if you want to go to volcano lake. The sign for “volcano lake” is up high on a tree above tall bushes at this fork and I can see how someone might miss it so keep an eye out for it.

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Tara Johnson
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This was a great short hike before our planned hike up to the Sierra Butte lookout. The Volcano lake was pristine and the water felt great. We did some rock scrambling around the lake also. I would definitely recommend this hike especially if you are staying at Sardine Lake Campground.

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Jessa Shivo
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Tamie Tattics
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the mile marker from a previous review was super helpful due to no trail markings. the hike to the lake is more moderate than hard, perfect for a short hike. its not maintained road and its rocky. lake is beautiful

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Carrie Kabler
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The trail is pretty steep for most of the hike. I would rate that part hard. The quality of the trail is good though.

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Melinda Johnson
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The hike to Volcano lake is more like 4 miles round trip and I would rate this as more of a moderate trail than hard. The hike to the lake is up an unmaintained road. Thanks to the reviewer for the mile marker (622-1) for parking as there are no signs for the lake until you have hiked for a while. The lake is absolutely beautiful and is perfect for a short hike.

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Sylvia HeeRen
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We went on this trail late May. The weather is nice. We followed this trail all the way until we could see upper sardine lake. We ended up not hiking down to upper sardine lake because we tought it will take a while and it’s getting a bit late. I really enjoy this trail. The view of the mountains was amazing. Worth every minute.

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T Smith
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the destination is gorgeous, the trail is a gravel road with only a tiny bit of single trail. it's an uphill climb but not to fear it, the rocks are a little inconvenient especially coming down but i wouldn't have rated it a 'hard' unless you're a beginner or have unstable companions. it's short enough to volcano Lake so we found another trail to add to our day. we encountered no snow on this trail in Nov 25, 2017.

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Esther Isaac
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Volcano Lake is a lovely gem. This time we hiked the rest of the rocky road to Mountain Mine. Not much evidence of a mine but the views were beautiful.

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Patti Taylor
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Volcano lake is a beautiful prize after an uphill climb!

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Matt Caamano
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Parking for this trailhead can be found at marker 622-1 on the turnoff that normally takes your to Packer Lake. There is a ford at the beginning of this hike. We chose to carry some sandals so that we could walk across the water that was up to our shins in some areas, but for those who don't there is a 15-20 foot fallen down tree on the right of it that you could walk upon. Make sure you have good balance. We went in July and the water level was fine but I can imagine that it would be much stronger and higher during early spring. Its all uphill until you reach the end and it offers a spectacular view of the Sierra Buttes. On the way back, we picnicked on the rocky shore of Volcano Lake. A great little spot. We really enjoyed this hike!

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Angelica Cova
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Emily Klare
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Matt Thornton
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Scott Beesley
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Jessa Shivo
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Justin Bart
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Eff Norkinhardie
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Taylor Justice
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Emily Nichols Montgomery
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