Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

One of my favorite hikes this season. We logged 8 miles.

Beautiful high mountain terrain, pretty easy going. Looping round via the Woods Lake Rec Area results in having to climb 2 miles back up the 89; not recommended.

My family and friends and of course our well known dog "Ragnar" use this trail an average of 4-5 times a week. it has creeks and streams for the animals and so many beautiful things to see! we see something different every time. well groomed trail as well.

Can be easy or difficult based on the direction you choose. Very pretty. Views of Carson Valley. Sandy areas.

beautiful. We started at trailhead that leads to winemucca lake, then up to round top lake, then down to fourth...coming back up from fourth is a steep one. We're females in average shape but do hike a lot, clocked 11 miles out and back in about 6 hours. Saw a tarantula! Pretty flowers. I sunburnt, she didn't...both shady and exposed areas.

Easy route to amazing lake with increíble backdrop. Great for all abilities and kids. Heavily trafficked though.

One of the most beautiful hike we have done in California so far (and we hike a lot). We went to the 4th of July lake. It is also the 4th lake you can see from this trail. The way back is harder but overall the hike is moderate. Beautiful views from everywhere. Each lake is different. We saw few guys skying on a 10 ft long snow patch....

Great trail to hike with your dog

backpacking
2 months ago

The smoke Aug 5-7 was quite heavy, which limited our ability to enjoy the lake. Smoke prevented seeing far and we could feel it in our lungs. With a clear sky we would have had a wonderful experience.

Nice camping spots, and the island at the middle of the lake would have been a great swimming goal.

hiking
2 months ago

August 4, very smoky, mid 70s most of wildflowers done, not many bugs. .5 mile road to trailhead is 4WD. Solid hike, would be good for trail running if air quality was better. Nice island ~30 ft from edge of lake. Trail is very rocky, hard on the ankles. Lots of fallen trees on the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Good hike. Smoke was/is thick in the area from All of the wildfires in the state. Not being able to see through all of the haze and smoke the beautiful scenery was a bit disappointing. The lake was nice and I was told there were fish in it. However I had no luck. There were definitely small minnows in the water however I never saw one fish jump at dusk nor Dawn at any time while there leading me to believe that there aren’t any fish in the lake that you could actually catch. Bugs were out skimming the water so if there were trout in that lake they would be jumping for those flies and skeeters.

Due to the geography the hike going back out is much more challenging than going in. Most of the elevation gain is hiking out from round Lake back to the Trail head on 88. I was wearing about 50 pounds of gear so I had quite the work out on my way out.

Great hike! The wildflowers are amazing this time of year. The trail is very crowded which can make it hard to enjoy the area where the majority of wildflowers are. Once you get to the lakes though its easy to find a spot to be alone. Both parking lots were full by 10am. Amazing hike for dogs! My guy loved all the water to drink and play in. Saw a million other labradoodles out that day.

Very moderate. Great for kids and dogs. Very crowded however.

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.

3 months ago

From the Woodchuck trailhead it’s a steady up hill climb to the top and the views are spectacular. From the top of the ridge to Wheeler Lake it’s a tough downhill at the top starting with switch backs on loose stones than a semi steep grade for maybe 200 yards through the forest. Then it mellows out still downhill with a box canyon on the right. The trail eventually comes to some boulders and roots to climb down than it an easy hike to the lake. You’ll hear the bells ringing which are the range cows, I’ve never had any problems with them but someone told me they chased him one time.

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.

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!

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!

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

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!

Great easy hike along the tree line. Hardly notice the gain.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and it is a great time to hike this trail (6/30) as spring flowers are in full bloom. Trail is almost clear of snow to Fourth of July Lake, only a couple of patches to cross. Great trail, can get hot so bring lots of water or a filter.

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.

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

Great hike, look for rock formations if you’re questioning the route.

mountain biking
4 months ago

I rode on 6/21/18. Nice trail for hiking but I do not recommend for MTB as the trail is very sandy (loose fine crushed granite). Perhaps if it has just rained it may be ok. Also bikes are not allowed on part of the trail so I was forced to take the Valley View Loop then back out.

backpacking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike out to Wheeler Lake this weekend. The trail gets lost under a snow at the ridge, but after that it's pretty clear and navigable down to Wheeler Lake, though streams run down it pretty frequently as the snow melts. I lost the trail on my way out thinking I had to stay on the ridge longer, but you really just crest it, wrap around the Mokelumne-side of a small hill, and descend. Lake was beautiful and quiet, and the pup loved the hike too. Plenty of water from streams the whole trek.

hiking
4 months ago

Us and our 2 teens walked in easily finding the trails to the gorgeous lake in 2 hours. I back packed here 20 years ago several times and it was amazing on the east/south shore. Beware of losing the trail as you cross streams and never go on a holiday; 20+ years ago on a Memorial Day or 4th of July weekend we found 30+ campers all around the lake blasting stereos and almost no room !!!!!

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