Woods, Winnemucca, and Round Top Lakes

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Woods, Winnemucca, and Round Top Lakes is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

If you want to add 4th of July Lake add an additional 2.6 miles to the total hike. Going into the lake is downhill which of course means you must go uphill to return to the original loop trail.

1 day ago

Just beyond awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

Love these trails.. Horse Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Round Top Mountain, Fourth of July, Summit Canyon and PCT. Round Top Mountain is 10,500 elevation. What incredible views. Can see 13 lakes including Tahoe.

4 months ago

Great views but we got caught by a snow storm and had to rush back.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I had not been out on the trails in a while, so it was not too strenuous, but also had it's own challenges with elevation gains. The lakes along the trail were beautiful.

6 months ago

Great hike! Little more difficult than "easy", allow about 3-3.5 hours. The views and the lakes were awesome!!

7 months ago

Great hike today. Travelled clockwise to Lake W then on to Round Top Lake then back down. Not sure I would rate this as "easy". Easy for me but not easy for all. Gorgeous views at every turn.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike from Woods Lake to Round Top Lake to Winnemucca Lake. We saw waterfalls, glaciers, streams, beautiful wildflowers and outstanding views of the mountains on this loop.

hiking
8 months ago

A fabulous hike. Took nearly 3 hours but was absolutely worth it. Surprised to see so much snow in late August.

hiking
8 months ago

I hiked this trail on Friday. There are still plenty of wildflowers in bloom. Winnemucca Lake is simply breathtaking.

hiking
8 months ago

The Wildflowers are in full bloom. Moderate hike...uphill one way and down hill the other. No way getting around it. The trails are clearly marked and are well maintained. You do meet the nicest people on the trail...common bond is enjoying the beautiful flowers and lakes. A couple of seasonal creeks to cross, but are easy. Love this hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike just from Woods lake to Winnemucca on July 9. The road had just become passable to Woods lake parking area a few days earlier. Still snow on the route but easily possible with hiking boots and possibly poles. Gorgeous meadows of wildflowers we don't usually see at this time of year.

9 months ago

Great hike. I was there on July 1st. Wouldn't call it an easy hike, the trail was hard to find from the snow and down trees. Made it to Winnemuca Lake. Winnemucca and Woods Lake are still partially frozen over when I was up. Didn't make it to Round Top too much snow to do the whole loop.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the best hikes in Tahoe area. Great views up and down. Second time doing this hike 4th of July weekend. First time (2 yrs ago) it was covered in wildflowers. This time it was covered in spotty snow starting about a half mile up from the trailhead, and a little over a mile in it was all snow. It was manageable with hiking shoes and poles, but took a long time and was hard to keep the trail. Snow was at least 3 feet deep in the final half mile up and down from Round Top Lake. Not sure if and when it will melt this season there is so much. Did not make it to the peak this time but our companion did. Lots of running water on the hike from Winnemucca back to the trailhead. Had to park not far from the 88 turnoff as there is still snow on the road to the trailhead. Overall a great day sliding through the snow, but took much longer than had it been clear.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

perfect hike last August. wildflowers and waterfalls. should be great in a wet 2017 as soon as it is dry enough.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Beautiful views. Very cool sites. My 13 year old son and I hiked up toward Round Top Lake; too much snow to go to the top in November. Several good trail choices. Decent bathroom.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great hike to see some very beautiful wild flowers or just a great hike.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great shorter hike with phenomenal scenery

walking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Great loop. Really enjoyed the walk up to Lake Winnemuca. The decent from Round Lake was not exceptionally beautiful but it was still a nice hike and good exercise for my dogs and kids (under 10).

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Great wildflowers!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great vistas and beautiful wildflowers (I went in July). If you hike to round top peak, the log book is on the furthest peak. It is 5 feet taller than the peak next to it. Make sure you have good treads on your shoes.

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

One of my favorite hikes this time of year! Wild flowers are everywhere and lake views beautiful. If you hike part way up to the top of Round Top itself you can even see Lake Tahoe. Winnemucca Lake is always a loud section with kids yelling and lots of people hanging out. Busy trail but worth the annoyances of the occasional loud hikers.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

I just came back from there and it is absolutely beautiful all the flowers are in bloom there still snow gorgeous definitely going back.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wildflowers were abundant and beautiful today.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

It's been 10 years since I hiked this trail to Round top lake but I loved it and it was not difficult. Beautiful views and a nice dive into the lake was very refreshing. I can't wait to go back with the family!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wonderful. Lots of water and snow. Fantastic views.lots of wildflowers.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Beautiful wildflowers, perfect weather, very few people even right after the 4th of July. Perfect for family with small kids to boot.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beautiful trail, easy to follow except after a good winter when parts of the trail on the way to Round Top Lake was still buried in snow. The lakes are beautiful and a great spot to soak your feet in the ice cold water.

snowshoeing
Monday, February 22, 2016

I gave this Trail a 3 for the fact that I have not done this loop yet. This trail is accessible during the winter if you park at the snow park on the North side of the road. You need a permit! Or just east of the snow park on the south side of the road is another parking area. It will add a little distance to the trip but this area very nice during the winter. Great snow shoeing and X skiing. Lots of cool lakes and mountain peaks to check out.
All Trails does not list the " Frog Lake, Winnemucca to Woods Lake Loop. (Am I just missing it????) My phone died in less than an hour pulling a weak signal. My Garmin tracked us at 6.3 miles doing the frog loop. I'm not going to post tracks or pics on this trail thread. Id like to find the correct trail thread to post them on.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Did the hike in mid September, it was a very warm day but nice breeze at Rou d lake. I'd like to do it again when the wildflowers are in bloom, but overall an easy hike and beautiful views at the lakes.

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