Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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 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.

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!

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

on Sonora Peak Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Great Route with all the climbing up front. A bit windy up top and lots of smoke from Northern California fires. Lost the trail a few times on the way up and definitely lost it on the way down as it ended at a rocky area, Just needed to climb down the rocks to see the trail start up again. Saw one Marmot on the way down and only 3 humans near the Pass parking lot.

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
20 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
24 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.

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!

Beautiful hike and not too strenuous. Lots of streams and waterfalls and even a few wildflowers (too early in the season for very many). Unfortunately, had to turn back 4.2 miles in as the trail was lost in the snow and was to treacherous to continue without snow shoes. May be passable in another month or so.

One of my favorite hikes I have ever done. best time to go is in the late spring/summer.

hiking
1 month ago

2.3 miles to the summit - pretty steep at the end, take your time. Stunning views, perfect place for lunch at the summit in the little rock circle. Tons of snow fields on the way up - thought we were done with that, but tons of snow after as well, except not flat and a bit treacherous. Thankfully others had gone before us and left footprints. We got pretty severely off trail due to the amount of snow - would’ve ranked it a 5 if it weren’t for the snow and ice and we’d been able to stay on trail. Seriously beautiful though, not one to miss!

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