Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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

off road driving
28 days ago

The 4x4 road to Meadow Lake was closed off so we didn’t get to try it out. The other trail has big boulders in the path. Definitely need a lift for proper clearance. Beautiful area though! Lots of families fishing and swimming. Looks like tons of fun for that!

mountain biking
29 days 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.

It is a beautiful trail, but the Forest Service has closed the Charity Valley Trailhead because the trail crosses private land. The trail now can only be used from the Grover Hot Springs- East Side Entry.
Also, the middle of the trail gets little maintenance and disappears occasionally, requiring some route fining

We love this trail, especially once you get into the trees. such a well built trail with lots of features. There are water crossings and a variety of views.

Definitely a “easy” trail. Not moderate at all. Great Lake and cold swimming most of the year.

There are actually many trails in this area. Nice easy trails that are perfect to do after work. I see a lot of runners, kids, dogs, horses on these trails.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Drove it and fished the lakes with my Dad on a camping trip. The only time I was and will ever be in the area. Beautiful area....

Nice trails for hiking, equestrian, mountain bike, and dogs. A little boring on the north side behind the housing development where no equestrian is allowed. Poop bags for dogs available.

Nice easy hike, can also driven or mountain biked easily depending on weather.

Quick hike, easy trail.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A great hike for families with kids. The lake is absolutely beautiful and the scenery is pretty amazing. The down side is the last half of the trail is not maintained or easily identified. We went in late June and figured it would have been blazed. There was a sign saying "mountain bike" with a arrow. I was not sure if that was the way we were supposed to go. I'll try that way next time. perhaps that is the 2nd half of the trail we were looking for.

We ended walking along the lake and brought our paddle boards. I am glad we missed the hike and had more time to enjoy this amazing alpine lake.

mountain biking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Tough climb at times, beautiful lake, fast descent. Few trucks going by, some campers at the lake. Pretty trail to the top with lots of green and several streams.

I did this last year from the Blue Lakes Road Trailhead. It is beautiful and looks like Yosemite. It is almost all down hill - with switchbacks. My over 65 knees welcomed the hot springs when finished but it was well worth it. May still have some damage from heavy winter in early July 17

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I've been using Fay all winter to get in and stay in shape for Spring and Summer. It's very well maintained. I enjoy hiking during weekdays versus.weekends when it can get quite busy. Grand View Loop and Jobs Peak Ranch trails are the most challenging and well worth the effort.

Monday, April 10, 2017

I took a loop counterclockwise (and I am glad I went this way- up the hill) up to the top of grand view loop and down to Luther creek. Well marked trail. Bushes starting to bloom. Horses allowed on the trail. Dogs off the leash allowed after March 30 until November. Poop bags provided at trail head.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Took the dog out yesterday and did the Grandview loop. Great trail with some challenging slopes and amazing views. Watch out for horse poop!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

love to ride horses on this trail.

Ummmm Wow. Loved it. Especially loved that Parking and complete land/Trail Access was included with the price of our Dip in the Hot Spring Tub. Arrive early. Stay Late. Make it a full day trip. Pack a lunch and maybe dinner. I didn't wanna leave.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nice views... Nice little flat EASY walk. No reason to be rated moderate. Camped there with my kids and my 4 yr old walked it with us many, many moons ago.

off road driving
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Breath taking veiws

trail running
Friday, July 15, 2016

This is 5.5 miles one way with about 2.5 miles climbing 2,500 feet (11 miles rounds trip according the signage at the hot springs). The Manzanitas near the top are pretty overgrown, some over my head, so the trail needs some work but we didn't see one person on it (besides up at the lake) and it has stunning views. Most of it is very steep so bring plenty of water - we ended up filling up a bottle in the creek up top and thankfully didn't have any GI issues after it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I visited Lake Alpine since I was 9 years old at the STOCKTON YMCA camp. I spent most of my summers here exploring the surrounding areas for many years into adulthood. I know this area like the back of my hand.
I snowshoed, crossX skied, explored area before Robert Conrad built his beautiful house behind the "Dead Indian" ridge. Explored areas between Highland Lakes to Lake Alpine. If you look hard enough you might just find my initials on rocks trees. Stayed at Duck Lake Cowboy Camp to wait out a blizzard. I did one 3-day winter survival training session at Lake Alpine.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Interpretive trail was a nice distraction. Next time we'll add in the Grand View loop.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Average difficulty, really nice view.

cross country skiing
Monday, January 04, 2016

Perfect day for snowshoeing

Wednesday, December 09, 2015


Monday, September 07, 2015

Pretty trail around a pretty little lake. Very easy.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

So I'm a bay area mountain bike guy that happens to be spending more time in the Hope Valley area.
I'm not the body armor, full-face-helmet rider I sometimes see up here. I was looking for an entry route to evaluate my ability to ride at higher altitudes this was a first choice. It's a good grind, but not that hard, up to the lake from your starting point at the RT88/89 intersection called Pickett Junction. You'll break a sweat but not kill yourself. Many places along the way to gaze out over Hope Valley and mountains to the west. Burnside Lake is small but beautiful and provides cool snow-fed water to take a swim in before starting your adventure back down hill to your starting point. You can also option to deviate up fire-roads and attempt a climb to higher mountains to the east.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This is a awesome trail system for everyone.

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