Looking for a great trail near Sierraville, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Donner Memorial State Park or Plumas-Eureka State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Sierraville ranging from 2.4 to 11.3 miles and from 6,433 to 7,076 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
bridge out
muddy
snow
11 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This hike has it all, a great workout on the easy to follow trail, amazing Cold Creek with gorgeous sights along the way, many wildflowers (even in September) and a 360 degree view at the top. One of the best hikes in the Tahoe area.

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend trekking poles for the downhill portion of this hike. The trail was open and unobstructed. There is a waterfall about half way up, right side, just off trail. There were two small trickle water crossings. Panoramic views at the summit.

The trail was a nice, laid back easy hike. The views of lake Webb were pretty. It was a one way 3 mile hike. About a mile from the start of the trail there was a bench and picnic table you could sit at, and the views were nice. A good hike with your dog or kiddos.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took my dog out to this trail and did some hiking. Easy access, although you park below the lake. It shows the trail goes around the lake but there are no motorized vehicles beyond the parking lot. Easy drive up as well. Any stock high clearance suv will be fine.

We arrived around 8:45am on a Saturday and were the only car in the parking area. They have kayaks that you can use (free!) on a first come first served basis. We kayaked from one end of the lake to the other for about three hours and saw only a handful of people. There was a massive California Tortoiseshell butterfly migration so the whole day we were surrounded by clouds of butterflies which make it all pretty magical. After a quick lunch, we hiked the out-and-back trail along the lake which was just under 4 miles. Great views, easy hike. The hardest part of the day was the dirt road getting to the lake, but our Rav-4 handled it fine, no 4wd needed, just high clearance.

hiking
2 months ago

still snow at the top. Would only recommend if you know where you are going once up near top of Lola. but overall beautiful hike and would most recommend it.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Two stars only because I like to ride single track and this is a dirt road.. Still a great workout (if that’s what you’re looking for) as the climb at the beginning is about 2 miles and steep the entire distance. Riding back down was pretty fun. After that it’s some nice rolling hills. If it’s nature and beauty you are looking for, this place is amazing. All rides are good rides.

hiking
bridge out
snow
3 months ago

The wooden bridge mentioned in Trail books is washed out. Go upstream a few hundred yards where fallen trees provide passage to the trail. On 7/6/19 way too much snow to follow the trail to the top. Had to turn around at 4.5. Wildflowers at the beginning of the hike (<2 miles in) were gorgeous.

off road driving
3 months ago

Attempted top drive this route last week and the trail is permanently close now at Independence lake.

on Perazzo Meadows

hiking
3 months ago

For an easy short hike this is a great choice. Wildflowers were spectacular including a lovely patch of mountain bluebell. One easy stream crossing using a log. Nice picnic spot with bench overlooking river thanks to Truckee Donner Land Trust.

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

Yes this is no longer a trail. Read reviews before trekking out.

I have hiked to the other end of the Lake more times than I can remember. It is a childhood memory that I cherish. We used to walk all the way around the lake but heavy run off at the end may be a problem. You can also hike to the cave where a plane crashed in the 50s and see all the wreckage still remaining but beware, it’s steep and very high. It USED to be a great place for camping also.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike and probably one of my favorite hikes around Tahoe. I did the hike with my wife. Do NOT follow Google maps directions at the very end. If you are coming from highway 80, Google maps tells you to take Henness Pass road but don't take it and a left on Bear Valley road (it's only 0.5 miles or less away). then right away you will make another left. 1.5 miles later you will make a left. then from there you can get on Henness Pass. the reason for this is because the Henness Pass is a very road road but you get to skip the worst part if you follow my directions. Unless you have a Jeep or something that can handle off-roading.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tried hiking around the lake. the map at the "lodge" or what ever the building is next to the parking lot clearly does not connect on the opposite side of the lake. but because of the map on this app we went for it. The north side is like a small four-wheeler trail that hugs the lake. it's pretty nice. Once you get to the other side (after crossing a river and bushwhacking) the trail on the south side of the lake is non-existent. followed the map on this app for a while hoping to pick up the trail. Never did. followed the coast of the lake until running into a really old service road that was so over-grown I would still consider it "bushwhacking". not really sure what this app or the map in the parking lot we're referring to on the south side. there is no trail.

backpacking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

Backpacked the trail on 06/29 through 07/01. As first time backpackers the climb was pretty intense and we had to take quite a few breaks. We started at the Mt. Lola trailhead around 1:30 p.m. hoping to reach the peak that evening. We managed to reach the Knob where we camped out between the pine trees to get out of the wind. The night was cold up there as to be expected and the trail, in some spots, was covered with snow just before ascending the knob. The view from the knob was absolutely beautiful and the sunrise was breathtaking. We met three day hikers while on the peak on day two. From the peak we backpacked to White Rock Lake. There were a few fallen trees covering some of the trail which made it somewhat difficult to get through, but we managed. The trail leading down the backside of a hill after the switch-backs/ridge walk was non existent so we had to really scramble to make the last 3/4 mile descent to White Rock Lake. That was definitely the toughest part of the trail. The lake was crystal clear and refreshing once we got there. Plenty of campsites- designated and non designated. No permit needed. Would do it again, but would leave the 25 lbs packs at home and opt for a day hike!

hiking
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The road leading in to Independence Lake is a very rough dirt road (4-wheel drive only) for 6 miles. The lake itself is nice but you cannot walk all the way around due to fish spawning, so the trail is actually a road you are hiking on. I would not recommend this hike unfortunately, because of the road leading in.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Hiked trail on October 1. Large snow fields near summit, but not on trail. Saw four other day hikers and one pair of backpackers coming from White Rock Lake. Windy at summit, but could have been much worse. All wild flowers gone, but still good water flow in Cold Stream.

off road driving
Saturday, September 23, 2017

The loops is not accessible by vehicle as they are working on some project, not exactly sure, but you can still walk the loop trail. Very beautiful lake to walk. Otherwise this would be a 5 star.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

I started this hike from the trailhead (well marked and not as drawn on this map) and enjoyed the walk along Cold Stream. I think this make for a much prettier hike than taking the jeep road. Plenty of wildflowers and the sounds of the creek were delightful. This heads into the jeep road and into Cold Stream meadow. I very much enjoyed the meadow. Then up to the peak with only a small patch of snow. I combined this with Lola North to get the CoHP for Sierra and Nevada counties.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The lake is very beautiful. The trail is not accessible around the far end of the lake because of the heavy snowfall runoff and creek flow. The hiking trail is dirt road. Part of trail is near water with filtered views, part of trail is further from lake with limited water view. Fishing is limited to barbless and Lahonton Trout must be released

Monday, July 03, 2017

Loop was not accessible in early June due to snow and high water.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice hike to the summit but there are far more scenic ones in the Tahoe basin.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Need a four wheel with high clearance to get past the first stream and then other water crossings. Lake is beautiful and even had some snow this weekend (June 11) Looks like nice beach and trails. I look forward to another trip in summer!

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This trail no longer exists.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

A child hood camping area, love this place, hiked the lake multiple times as a child/adult. A true gem in the Sierra Nevada that is pristine and well kept. West shore may require water crossing/off trail. Trail continues on the south shore.

off road driving
Monday, October 03, 2016

Enjoyed this.

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