*If you double click on a photo you can view all of the photos enlarged. At the bottom of this article I am including a map, an elevation profile from my Garmin GPS and a Wikiloc link. Some of my hike to the lakes and ponds shown is off trail.
Distance: can be as little as one mile (to Milk Lake) and can go for many miles over many days.
Difficulty: Easy to difficult, according to your choice. I would be comfortable taking an outdoorsy child who can hike at least 1/2 mile in and then out. They would enjoy the lakes. It really is not too steep for any length of time. There were some tree falls to climb over and strollers are out of the question.
Driving Directions: Get onto Highway 20 West from Highway 80 west of Donner. Turn right onto Bowman Lake Road, cross the South Fork Yuba River and keep going until you see the sign for Grouse Ridge. Turn right on the forest road that turns to a dirt and gravel road immediately The road had some work done on it so should be in good condition for a dirt road, accessible by car. 6 miles but worth it!
You'll arrive at a fork that points to the right for camping with a well kept vault toilet in an actual structure or the fork to the left that leads to a parking area for the trailhead. No running water is available. You can hike a half mile to Downey or Milk Lake or just bring bottled water for camping.
Notes: The area is being renovated so by the time you read this and get there the road will be in better condition. The campground has picnic tables, fire pits, and some nice flat tent areas. Check on hunting season dates before you go. (Deer hunting in the fall).
The following photos were taken along the path heading east along Glacier Lake Trail. Within a short distance there are lakes, ponds, meadows, pine forest, willows, and granite bowls and outcroppings. I enjoyed plenty of shade and the trail is in good condition. Off trail you bushwhack but get to see a variety of landscapes and enjoy a true wilderness experience.
|The size of a pencil eraser, one of countless flowers in bloom right now.|
|The cattle eyed me suspiciously and began calling to each other and clanging their bells!|
Not sure of possible bacteria, I did purify water from these sources.
GPS link, click here.
Carr Feeley Trailhead and Backpackers Camp will give you more information about the area and another map of trails northwest of the Grouse Ridge. From there you use the Twin Lakes Trail or Round Lake Trail.
Crooked Lakes Trail Survivor Night describes an unexpected storm, hiking hazards and solutions. A true account with a happy ending.
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