Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Markleeville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is one of the prettiest summer hikes in the area! The wild flowers were amazing! It was moderate but still felt longer than I anticipated. Lots of traffic on this trail.

Great hike for wild flowers. Very busy even on a Tuesday. Be ready for dogs off leash.

I've done this hike many times and never tire of it. I did it with my sons yesterday. We started at 10:50 am., and by that time the main parking lot was full, so I recommend getting there early if you can.

The wildflower display is fantastic right now. It probably will be great through the end of July and will start to fade after that. I've done this hike many times from June through October; it's always a good hike but it's extra special when you go during peak wildflower season.

Winnemucca Lake is a nice lunch spot because it's a beautiful lake with a spectacular mountain background. If you are up for more of a hike, going the extra mile to Round Top Lake is worth it. We pushed on to Round Top Peak, which affords great views all around, but it's a great hike even if you skip the mountain peak.

Pretty crowded, but that is most places this time of year.
Easy hike. Gorgeous flowers everywhere!
3 stream crossings that can be crossed by rocks and avoiding wet feet.
Mosquitos will eat you alive, even with bug spray, but they thin out depending on the hour.
Parking is limited and fills up. Vault toilets at the parking lot, no water.

scenic driving
6 days ago

We took Monitor Pass from South Lake Tahoe toward Lee Vining. Scenery is wide open at the top with meadows and views of the Sierras in the distance. Then the scenery changes and you see wide sweeping views of the valley from high above Topaz Lake. Finally you cut through the rocky ridge at the bottom to bring you out to I-395. Nice views and several opportunities to stop. They just repaved sections of the road in June/July 2018 so smooth blacktop. Enjoy the ride!

Loved this hike. Waterfalls, streams, big beautiful rocks and 2 amazing lakes. Gets a bit steep. Bring bug spray there are so many mosquitos. I’ll do this hike again!

Just got back from a great hike to Winnemucca. The wildflowers are out of control, between the flowers, the views, the lake, it was absolutely beautiful! We got there around 7:45 and found parking easily, took about an hour to get to the lake, hung out for a while and it was practically desolate, just a few people around the lake fishing. When we hiked back we encountered lots of folks, so I highly recommend getting an early start if you don’t want too much “traffic”. Loved this hike!

Perfect trail up until the point where you go off the trail and head east towards the lake. Could not find a trail to the lake and it is very marshy and hard to walk. Would recommend remaining on the trail and going to Showers Lake.

I read a review that said to hike this loop counterclockwise, and it was the best advice! Beautiful hike, definitely hike it counterclockwise. The uphill is easier that direction.

Wildflowers are beautiful right now. I just posted the video I took from my hike if you are interested in seeing trail conditions. https://youtu.be/nfQ-1Xb2GzI

Oh...I recommend starting your hike EARLY! There were hordes of people heading up on my way back. The trail was packed!

7월초, 8,000피트 이상의 산길에 올라서면 꽃향기에 취해 걸을 수 있어 좋다^^
Deadwood peak, 그 위에 올라서면 Round top, 4th of July lake, Blue lake etc the area of south lake Tahoe의 아름다움과 산세의 웅장함을 모두 느낄 수 있으리라.
It's one of the best hiking!

great trail good hike pretty country

I would not call this hike EASY!! It’s uphill and the trail is twisty and rocky but it’s rewarding when you get to the top ! And then you can hike downhill

One of my favorite hikes for variety, wildflowers and vista. Moderate difficulty and a gorgeous lake at the end.

Should the title of this hike be corrected to say 'Meiss' lake. There is no Metts lake. And, the trail heading east to the lake doesn't exist. In it's place is a beautiful meadow that is impossible to traverse because of the mud uner the grass. Beautiful hike, but one star due to bad directions in alltrails

Breathtaking. Words can't describe just how beautiful it is. The vistas and the wildflowers were absolutely spectacular. I went on July 4th and there was a fair amount of trail traffic out to the lake. I decided to go on up to Round Top and made a loop of it, coming down Pack Trail to the Woods Lake campgrounds, and then took the access road back to Rte 88 and the trail head. Hike ended up being about 10 miles and after Round Top, there was much less trail traffic. The dogs and I both loved it, and there were pretty much non-stop photo opportunities. I get it why people can get so addicted to the high country!

Ansolutely stunning! Be prepared for elevation gain at high elevation! Spectacular views, flowers and waterfalls. Winnemucca Lake is beautiful. 2.5 hours to Lake W and back

This hike is spectacular, however we took a wrong path and ended up hiking 12 miles when we finally made it back to the car. The trail is pretty easy in most places, but there are some pretty steep inclines. My 75 year old friend made it all the way. I would definitely do this hike again.

a wonderfully gorgeous hike. The wild flowers were out in abundance and the creeks were running with snowmelt. Wonderful vistas of the mountains and lakes and not that many people. Recommend you hike counter clockwise to Round Lake first and then enjoy the vista walking down to Winnemucca Lake

Great trail. Loved the wild flowers!

The loop should be rated as moderate, not easy. Wildflowers were incredible.

hiking
22 days ago

Trail report: very little snow. Avoidable. Small patches of mud. Basically Perfect right now. Go get it

Trail report: sliver of snow and very minor wet/muddy sections. Get it while it’s good

Spectacular hike. Among my favorites in the area. We added Round Top Lake and a walk around Frog Lake. Trail is currently clear of snow. Plenty of wildflowers. Just beautiful.

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing Views, No Trail to the top though, make up your own trail from the little pond on PCT to the top ridge where you will find a trail. Probably the best way is to follow the route listed as closely as possible, we did on the way up but not on the way down and that was a mistake that had us rock scrambling a lot.

Awesome hike. View is breathtaking, depending on the time there is most likely snow on the trail and multiple lakes.

Hiked this trail August of 2017 and was amazed by all the wild flowers on the hillsides. While the path is easy the altitude did cause many people to slow down on the trail. Absolutely gorgeous location and the lake is well worth the hike.

off road driving
29 days ago

We went south to north. It’s mostly like a fire road. However there are off shoots you can explore that are truly trails. We went down one that led to a beautiful marsh. Another was a rocky trail to a campfire spot. We also spotted heavily modified Jeepers coming off another off shoot - so we’re guessing they found a fun trail too! We’ll be back to explore other off shoots in the future.

Loved it! Great hike! The first mile is along Caples Lake and is easy. The only thing in this area that I didn’t like were the dogs off leash. The creek crossings were fine, easy and cooled my feet. The last one half mile was pretty snow covered and it was easy to lose the trail. Very beautiful at the lake, lots of areas to hike. Quiet, very quiet, only the breeze was heard.

Hiked this yesterday. While the trek along Caples was pretty, it was nice to finally move away from the highway noise. A bit wet and had numerous creek crossings, but nothing too difficult (water resistant boots help). Although the upper part of the trail was snowed in, it was doable. Just follow the larger creek on your right up to Emigrant (even easier if you have the map on this app downloaded).Definitely worth the effort, as Emigrant Lake is still mostly snow bound and utterly breathtaking!

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