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Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,640 Feet (2069.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 560 Feet (174.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Soda Springs

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General Description

Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail is an easy 3 mile trail at an elevation of 6,640 feet. Much of this trail is on private property so hikers are requested to stay on the trail an observe the property rights of the landowner. From the trailhead follow the trail north for 0.25 miles to a road. The road will take you to the Lower Castle Creek crossing (Lower Castle Creek causes some wet feet in early season.) The trail veers to the right 0.25 miles after the creek crossing, and then climbs for another 0.25 miles, where it ties in with the road again. For the next mile, under a canopy of beautiful forest, the road gently ascends. At the end of the road, which is also the beginning of the "Motor Vehicle Restricted Area, " the trail leads to an open flat meadow. From there it is a 0.25 mile hike to Lower Lola Montez Lake. There are campsites around the lake and fishing is relatively good.

Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the Soda Springs exit. On the north side of the freeway follow the paved road east past the fire station for 0.3 miles to the parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September (NOTE: may be accessible year round.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Campsites are available around the lake.
ICON Fishing Fishing is available in Lower Lola Montez Lake.
ICON Hiking & Walking Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Lower Lola Montez Lake
ICON Rivers & Streams Lower Castle Creek
ICON Viewing Scenery Truckee Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Truckee Ranger District

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Visitor Information:

Truckee Ranger District, 10342 Hwy 89 north , Truckee, CA, 96161, Phone: 530-587-3558, TTY: 530-587-6907


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