Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails

Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails


  • The Kidd Lake Trail begins at the Wilderness Hut.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • A map of the trails intersecting near the Wilderness Hut.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • Groomed trail conditions along the Kidd Lake Trail.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • Signed trail intersections along the route.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • A groomed and trackless trail.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • A groomer works its way down the trail.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • Climbing across the edge of the mountain trail.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • Rolling terrain along the Wiesel Trail.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
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  • A small bridge that crosses the outflow of Kidd Lake.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
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  • Views across Kidd Lake.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
  • Devil's Outlook Hut lying at the intersection of the Kidd Lake and Wiesel trails.- Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails
Overview + Weather
Scenic rolling terrain.
Intermittent groomed depending on snow conditions.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Groomed trail: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,669.00 ft (2,032.71 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Kidd Lake and Wiesel trails combine to loop around Kidd Lake at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort's western trail network. 

Beginning from the Wilderness Hut that lies at the end of the Yuba and Palisade trails, this trail traverses intermediate level slopes as it rounds Kidd Lake, at one point heading up a ridge that overlooks the Interstate 80 valley a quiet distance below.

The Kidd Lake Trail comes to an end at a fork with several short trails that all quickly make their way to the Devil's Outlook Hut, named for its views of imposing Devil's Peak (7,704 ft) just beyond Cascade Lakes.

It is possible to take the short intermediate Bird's Nest Trail to a vista point atop Cascade Lakes, or the longer expert Wagon Train Trail that climbs to the Horseshoe Hut on Devil's Peak's western slope.

From the Devil's Outlook Hut, the Wiesel Trail heads west over fun rolling terrain along the southern bank of Kidd Lake, eventually heading back to the Wilderness Cafe, or intersecting with other trails that meet up with the Stagecoach Trail that leads back in the direction the denser network of trails approaching the Summit Lodge.

A copy of the resort's maps can be viewed here.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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