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Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake

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  • The trailhead at the lake campsite.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Ascending toward Winnemucca Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Informational boards provide background to the region.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Stream crossing.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Continuing toward Winnemucca Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Passing into snow.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Beautiful views on the trail to Winnemucca Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Winnemucca Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Ice melting on the lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • The trail toward Round Top Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Bladderpod or popweed (Lesquerella gracilis).- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • The view north.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Winnemucca Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Round Top Lake and Round Top Peak.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Round Top Peak.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Caples Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Hiking in the snow near Round Top Peak.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • The trail can be difficult to find.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Returning to Woods Lake.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • The Lost Cabin Mine- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
  • Use caution during the stream crossings.- Woods Lake Loop via Winnemucca Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful lakes and peaks.
Cons: 
High elevation. Trails can be difficult to find.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,260.00 ft (384.05 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,200.00 ft (2,499.36 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Mokelumne Wilderness, first protected in 1964, is located between Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests and boasts some the most unique and interesting geology in the Lake Tahoe Area. Most of the park is in a crest zone. The peaks are covered in metamorphic rock, which consists of volcanic rock, sand, and mud. One of the most exceptional peaks in the wilderness is Round Top Peak. At the foot of Round Top lies two alpine lakes, Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Lake.

This 4.5-mile loop starts and finishes at Woods Lake and passes by both alpine lakes. You will begin your hike at the Woods parking area. Walk north toward the lake, keeping an eye out for a bridge on the left. After crossing the stream, you will follow the trail for 2.5 miles as it meanders through the woods and then ascends about 600 feet to Winnemucca Lake. After a short break at the water's edge, turn right and head up the natural bowl toward Round Top Lake. There is a trail here, but if snow still covers the ground, it may be hard to follow. After a mile and 600 feet of elevation gain, you will reach Round Top Lake.

From Round Top, take a right at the trail junction. From here the trail descends more steeply, losing 1,200 feet in about 1.5 miles. With snow cover, the trail can be very hard to follow, so wayfinding skills and a map and compass and/or GPS are important. Keep an eye out for the abandoned Lost Cabin Mine on your way down. Once you reach the campground, continue a bit further until you reach the Woods Lake parking area.

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