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Woods, Winnemucca, and Round Top Lakes

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Toiyabe National Forest

Woods, Winnemucca, and Round Top Lakes is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 1,272 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

If you want to add 4th of July Lake add a few more 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Was looking forward to the hike but the exit off the 88 was covered in snow and therefore inaccessible.

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7 months ago

Great trail. Went on Columbus day and barely another soul. My track came to be a bit further at 5.75 mi. Beautiful scenery with patches of snow from last winter. Would love to go back and summit "Round Top" and "The Sisters" .

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is beautiful! We went clockwise to Winnemucca Lake. The climb to the lake was tough towards the end but definitely worth it! On the way back we did see a mama bear and her two cubs.

hiking
8 months ago

lots of great scenery. challenging hike for this 78 year old. it was worth the effort

Beautiful views, still a lot of wildflowers, snow, & streams.

hiking
8 months ago

We have done this hike twice this year! One of my favorites. I suggest climbing to Round Top and coming down Winnemucca Lake. It's a great hike. The wildflowers are beautiful and seeing snow still around in September is awesome! Make sure to take plenty of water and bug spray. Definitely will be doing this one again and again.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a stunning hike. We added the out and back leg to visit Fourth of July Lake. AllTrails says it adds 2.6 miles total, but for us it more than doubled the length - all told we did 10.5 miles, so not sure where the discrepancy comes from. Despite the distance and some serious elevation, it was totally worth it! There are still some wildflowers to be seen, especially if you go down to Fourth of July. Also, the mosquitoes are finally at bay. Most of the hike wasn’t too crowded until we reached Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes, which were incredibly busy. Looking forward to doing this hike again next season.

hiking
9 months ago

stunning and amazing! went the 2nd wk of August, tons of wildflowers! Do the hike clockwise rather than counter clockwise, the incline is more gradual and you will see beautiful fields of wildflowers in the earlier part of the day. The scenery was breathtaking, the Lakes were beautiful, we even saw some snow and ice caves. we are from Florida and not used to hills, but we did great. You work hard but it is worth it!

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9 months ago

I measured 5.8 miles on this loop. Wildflowers are still out! And a few small patches of snow. Gorgeous views. Perfect loop for a weekend morning. I recommend getting there early to snag a parking spot.

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9 months ago

beautiful trail.

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9 months ago

gorgeous. lots of wildflowers and mosquitos. pretty busy trail, understandably, so if you're looking for solitude, probably not the best choice, otherwise pretty spectacular.

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bugs
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous right now. All of the wild flowers are blooming. Bug repellent is so important!

Chris, Kayden, Abbey, Nate and kids

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9 months ago

This hike is breathtaking. We started at Woods Lake to Winnemucca Lake. The wildflowers were blooming and spectacular. Bug spray is a must as the mosquitoes are also in full bloom. Once at Winnemucca Lake, some of group took a quick dip and others went to the huge snow patches to slide around. After a long lunch break, we headed to Round Top Lake. There is quite a bit of uphill from Winnemucca Lake to Round Top so just be aware. Round Top was beautiful, meadow like. We wished we had a blanket to just rest in the serenity. Our descent down to Woods Lake was not too bad. We did get lost for 2 hours because the snow patches were like magnets to our kids. But the pristine alpine lakes, rushing water from snow melt, wildflowers, lush greens made it a wonderful adventure. Woods to Winnemucca to Top Round will have more uphill hiking whereas Woods to Round Top to Winnemucca to Woods will have more downhill. I appreciated having my trekking poles, lots of water and bug spray. We took our time so we could take in the glorious creation surrounding us.

hiking
10 months ago

Woods Lake is definitely one of my favorite places to hike around. There is a moderate trail that leads you towards the waterfall, on the path there are some old private cabins and very lush plants and tall grasses. The climb uphill from there can be too advanced for kids. The hike up to Winnemucca has amazing views throughout, however I had a team of kiddos with me that could only make it half the way up to Winnemucca before they totally quit. The air is definitely lighter up there. The climb down was rough on the joints, a little steep. We have camped at Woods Lake campgrounds on several occasions and it had been a good experience. Lots of mosquitoes, good fishing, no motorized boats, makes for peaceful hikes and kayaking.

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10 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! We hiked the trail toward Lake Winnemucca first and the wildflowers are very pretty However, I know they will be even more abundant in another week or so. We did not have any issues with mosquitoes as previous hikers had mentioned. once you head over towards Round Top lake, you will have to walk through some snow, some mucky areas and cross over some creeks by walking on some strategically placed logs. Hiking poles definitely helped with our balance on the snow and for some parts of the trail. It’s very steep going back down from Round Top Lake, so if you have issues with your knees when going downhill, I would recommend going up towards Round Top Lake first.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike with three lakes and lots of wildflowers. There is a lot of running running water and a few snow patches. Bring poles and bug spray as there were a few mosquitoes early on in the hike. This is a hike that will be added to my annual hike list just for the varieties and abundance of flowers!

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snow
10 months ago

We enjoyed this hike a lot and were able to get to Lake Winnemucca but trail to Round Top Lake covered in snow so had to turn back.

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10 months ago

Lots of snow and the trail was not totally visible about 50% of the time. I will go again but in late August. Too much snow currently. Wildflowers are starting to bloom.

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10 months ago

This is one of our favorite hikes. So much beauty along the way and the view from Round Top- breathless! (literally!) . Today was too much snow at the Mokelumne Wilderness Border up. We had microspikes, but the uneven surface made it harder to trek. Full Crampons would've been better. The peak not accessible today and going over the ridge to round top lake was more than we wanted today. Enjoyed the wintry scenery in the middle of summer. Felt like i was in Alaska!! (see photo!)

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snow
11 months ago

road still covered in snow, you'll have to park and hike in. definitely recommend using crampons and treking poles. Make sure your familiar with the area as trail is covered in snow and you'll need to have winter navigation skills and be comfortable not being on a trail.

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snow
11 months ago

Trail was covered in slushy snow. The exposed areas had suncups that were easily navigated with either snowshoes, crampons, or microspikes.

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