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.