Hike to Loch Leven Lakes Trail near Norden, California

Loch Leven Lake

Loch Leven Lakes Trail is a 13 km or 8.1 miles long fun hike with features like awe-inspiring, and lush green scenery, and the all-inspiring nature.The elevation gain of this trail is 2270 feet or 692 meters and it is located in Norden, California. The maximum altitude above sea level that you will reach during this hike is 6808 feet or 2075 meters. I would rate the difficulty level of this entire trail as moderate and takes about 6-7 hours to complete this hike. This is a loop trail which starts and ends at Loch Leven Lakes Trailhead.


2270 ft


13.0 km


1.0 Day








Loch Leven Lakes Trailhead




Terrain Information & Trail Conditions

This can be termed as high difficulty in terms of the inclination of the route. You can get a great cardio workout done on this trail. The trail has slight forest cover and thus the sun exposure is moderate. If you want to witness the best weather conditions, visit this trail between March to October.

Loch Leven Lakes Trail is a high-traffic trail. Therefore, try to start as early as possible to avoid congestion. There are no restrictions on maximum quotas on the number of people allowed. Always carry a physical map and a compass, or a digital route in your phone, inorder to be careful to not miss any directions along the way. Please note that this is not a well maintained trail. Therefore, hiking trails can be rough, broken, rocky, and uneven surface, as they can not maintained regularly as walking paths in cities. Always make sure you have proper sandals and shoes in order to avoid injuries and provide confort to your feet.


Who Can Visit This Trail?

A little Girl Hiking in Jungle with leashed Dog

Loch Leven Lakes Trail is suitable to bring dogs along. However, please ensure that they are fit enough to embark on this hike. Your dogs cannot communicate this but when they are hiking alongside you, they require frequent hydration just like you do. Keep them hydrated and well-fed. Additionally, it’s always safer to keep them on the leash.

This is a kid-friendly hike which means it is easy/moderate grade, short, and comes with a lot of rewards. That said, always take into consideration you kid’s ability to walk and carry lots and lots of food and water.

This place is a paradise for bird-watchers where you can find birds like Woodpecker, Owl.

Entry Information & Parking Details

There is no entry fee to enter this park. Parking facilities are available for free. Camping is not permitted but it’s always good idea to talk to the park authorities before planning this. You can contact them here: 530-265-4531.

Route Description

Loch Leven Trail

Loch leven Lake Trail Elevation Profile

How to Reach the Trail-head?

You can drive your car up until this point. Use GPS to get to this point. If you follow the directions correctly, you can get here easily.

Resources and Facilities Available

Drinking water is not available along this trail so please carry at least 2-3 litres of water with you.

Safety Guidelines

Pay attention to road and trail closure signage. Sightings of snakes such as Rattlesnake, Garter Snake have been done in this area so keep an eye out for these reptiles. Never try to intimidate the snakes. Wild animals found in this region are Bobcat, Beaver, Coyote. Stay safe and have a word with the local authorities to take precautionary measures for dealing with the wild animals.
As long as you are aware about the route and are carrying either a physical map or a digital map, you can do this hike pretty much on your own without hiring any guide.

There are no specific technical requirements for this hike.

Things to carry

In addition to the usual hiking gear, we recommend you pack a mosquito repellent, and sun protection

Here is the list of typical hiking gear that you must carry for all the hikes:

  1. 2-3 Liters of water
  2. Sun hat or cap
  3. Good Hiking boots
  4. Light snacks to munch on during breaks, Trail Mix, Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc. for eating along on the trail
  5. Personal medications and a first-aid kit
  6. Sun goggles
  7. Wet tissues
  8. Cameras (optional)
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