Backpacker Magazine Sacramento: Loon Lake to Spider Lake 

Grab a quick overnight on this 8.8-miler past two lakes, where bald eagles soar the blue skies and dive for fish in Eldorado National Forest.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 26 Sep 2007 10:13:23 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 4.41 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 888 ft
Total Loss: 641 ft
Net Change: 247 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: California, Eldorado National Forest, Pollock Pines, Sacramento
Rating: Unrated   Rate it


TO TRAILHEAD: Take US 50 E for 64 mi. Turn L onto Ice House Rd. After 5.7 mi., take sharp R (still Ice House Rd.) and follow signs to Loon Lake. In 5.7 mi., turn R onto FR 13N17B. After .4 mi., park at turnaround.

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Distance: 4.41 mi Points: 164
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Spider Lake

Points of Interest


Location: 38.982189, -120.314796
Hike NE along shores of Loon Lake


Location: 38.984341, -120.313698
R @ Y; spur trail leads down to lakeside campsites


Location: 38.985950, -120.312401
Cross creek; thin stands of pines. Bald eagles cruise updrafts above this sizeable lake; hike NE


Location: 38.993000, -120.297600
2nd creek crossing


Location: 38.994129, -120.296402
Veer R. This area clears @ the top of a knoll. There's a few dead-end trails here, so stay R and follow main trail


Location: 38.997532, -120.291801
R @ Y; trail picks up elevation and becomes rockier with large sections of dynamited granite closer to the lake


Location: 39.010769, -120.286003
R @ Y. Head uphill on wide rocky trail. This begins the Rubicon Trail which leads into Desolation Wilderness in 2.5 miles. Going L leads to Pleasant Campground


Location: 39.011410, -120.279297
Short off-trail section: Dense pines obscure views of Spider Lake from the Rubicon Trail, so tick off cairns leading the way due E


Location: 39.011799, -120.277199
Spider Lake: This mountain tarn sits in a granite bowl. Best campsites on W end. Views to Devils Peak, too. Next day, explore local peaks near lake and return to trailhead


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