In keeping with the lakes around Lake Tahoe theme, I did a hike later in the summer of 2012 to Loch Leven Lakes, which is a series of three lakes in the Tahoe National Forest, in the vicinity of Cisco Grove. I first heard about these hikes in the hiking guide I mentioned in my previous blog post of Summit Lake. The book, “Top Trails: Lake Tahoe Must Do Hikes for Everyone”, can be purchased at any REI store. The hike is actually pretty moderate, though there is quite an uphill climb on the trail once you cross the double set of railroad tracks. But once you reach the lakes, the hike up is totally worth it. The first lake you encounter is Lower Loch Leven Lake. A short distance from there is Middle Loch Leven Lake, and a mile away is High Loch Leven Lake. I haven’t done High Loch Leven Lake yet, as it’s still on my list to hike to. So if you’re looking for a moderate hike with some uphill climb and don’t mind a workout, then definitely check this hike out!
The beginning of the Loch Leven Trail in Cisco Grove. The trailhead is on Hampshire Rocks Road, down the road from a US Forest Service fire station.
The beginning trailhead
Making the way up the trail. Great view of the forest!
The double set of tracks you cross on the trailhead. After this, you’re mostly doing a lot of uphill hiking, which is a bit of a workout.
And here comes a train……
…..the train is getting closer!! Train engineers that have this route through the Donner Pass have to be specially trained to control the speed of the train heading up and down through the Donner Pass!
It’s always wonderful being in the forest!
A sneak peek of one of the lakes!!
Lower Loch Leven Lake!
Here’s Loch Leven Lake! The first one you encounter
Trail marker that directs to Middle and High Loch Leven Lakes, as well as Chery Point!
Middle Loch Leven Lake!
Here’s Middle Loch Leven Lake!! Doesn’t it make you want to go for a swim?!!
Apparently these three boys decided to test the waters!!!
And now the trail back!!
I hope you all enjoyed the tour of Loch Leven Lakes! It’s a great hike within the Tahoe National Forest. It certainly makes for a full and fun day!!