Share:

Island Lake via Round Lake Trail

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

Start Exploring
Island Lake via Round Lake Trail

Share:

Advertisement
  • Trailhead entrance from the parking lot. - Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Carr Lake and campground.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Feeley Lake.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Lakeside trail through forested slopes on the way to Crooked Lakes Trail.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Fall Creek Mountain from Feeley and Round Lake Trail.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Crooked Lakes Trail along Delaney Lake.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • One of many small lakes on the path.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Crooked Lakes Trail on the east tip of Feeley.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Looking at the peninsula from the Crooked Lakes Trail.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Narrow trail to the peninsula of Island Lake. - Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • View from the tent pitched on the peninsula.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Grouse Ridge Lookout.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Southern Shore Cliffs and campsites.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Island on the eastern side.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Looking south from the eastern base of the peninsula in the morning.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Off-trail terrain can be manageable with pants and boots.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Crooked Lakes past Island Lake is a series of small water bodies frequented by grouse and other winged game.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • Off-trail terrain up Fall Creek Mountain.- Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
  • - Island Lake via Round Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multiple lakes. Swimming. Views. Cliff jumping.
Cons: 
Summer crowds.
Advertisement
Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
Carr Campground/ Dispersed Overnight Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,800.00 ft (2,072.64 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Contributor

Just 2 miles in from the trailhead, Island Lake is a perfect location to set up base camp for day activities around Fall Creek Mountain like fishing, swimming, cliff jumping, or even dispersed camping for those opting to stay longer than the daylight has to offer. Island Lake is a great spot to bring your family and those looking for a light approach because the journey there is short and sweet with minimal effort needed. Adventures don't end at Island Lake, as the trail continues onto Penner Lake along with other small lakes and ponds surrounded by granite peaks for those wishing to see more of what the trail system has to offer.

Island Lake may be reached via the end of the Round Lake Trail from the trailhead before merging into Crooked Lakes Trail. Round Lake Trail will offer Carr Lake and Feeley Lake, with views of Fall Creek Mountain on your left, as you meander your way through a moss covered forest set upon sloping granite. From the trailhead, Carr Lake and it's campground will be located almost immediately on your right. After a quick 0.2 miles in you will reach the base and dam for Feeley Lake.

Smaller ponds and lakes are frequent along the trail system, many without names. Round Lake Trail will transition into Crooked Lakes Trail just as you reach the southwestern tip of Island Lake. Be prepared to stop, as the beginning of Crooked Lakes will greet you with a beautiful 360-degree view with Fall Creek Mountain, Feeley Lake, Island Lake, and even the Grouse Ridge Fire Lookout all in line of sight. You will have the option to circle Island Lake from this location: Heading left north will bring you to the peninsula of Island Lake, whereas some opt to camp on the south side looking across Island Lake at Fall Creek Mountain with the option to jump off of higher lakeside rocks. North Side has a medium-sized granite peninsula with great lake and island access for swimming. Stay left (north side) for easier access to Crooked Lakes, Penner Lake and beyond.

During summer you will encounter a moderate amount of trail friends and campers, but the area is large enough to find seclusion during weekends with little effort. Expect to have lakeside visitors if you are out on the peninsula; it is easier to swim to the islands due to the shorter distance, and the trail is the most traveled. Many visitors enjoy bringing inflatable rafts and tubes for lake activities. Expect to see people fishing around the area.

Your feet will thank you, as you will find no scree fields here. The trails are well maintained and relatively flat with only 200 feet in drop and rise. The trail itself is mostly dirt and forest-floor mulch and pine needles with the occasional downed tree or boulder to hop over. 

Dogs are welcomed on this trail system. Bringing dog booties may be recommended for water-friendly dogs with softer paws, as the lakeside at Island Lake is completely covered in (generally smooth) stone that can be slippery and abrasive if the pup has not built up a tolerance layer of callouses. 

Note that the dirt road on the last leg of the drive to the trailhead is very dusty with rocks that could be harmful to sedans and tires. SUV's are better suited. Four-wheel drive is not necessary, but high-clearance vehicles are useful.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(16 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(53 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
64 Members
Who's Done It
7 Members
Submission by
Contributor
26 Adventures Explored
23 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info