Mt. Lola Trail

Area Status: Not Cleared
Wooden sign posted with elevation and name of Mt. Lola at the peak

Mileage: 9.5 miles one way, Elevation: 6640 to 9143 feet, Rated: Difficult.

From State Highway 89 north follow Forest Service Road 07 (road to Jackson Meadow Reservoir) west for approximately one and three-tenths mile.  Turn left on the Independence Lake Road, drive south approximately one-half mile to the junction with Sierra County Road S301.  Turn right at the first intersection and continue west for approximately three miles to the trailhead.

This trail climbs moderately upward through thick coniferous forests, through open meadows, along Cold Stream, to the top of Mt. Lola (the highest peak on the Tahoe National Forest).  Panoramic views of the Sierra Divide can be seen from this vantage point.  The trail continues down the south side of Mt. Lola to White Rock Lake and then on to the Pacific Crest Trail where it terminates. 

Campsites with water are abundant for hiker or equestrian use, except within the last 3/4 of a mile of the trail ascending Mt. Lola's summit. Fishing for native trout along the trail is generally good.  Plants and wildlife are plentiful.


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Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
7.4 miles