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The Round Lake Trail is a very difficult 2.25 mile trail at an elevation of 6,720 feet. This trail extends east from Feeley Lake to the Grouse Ridge Trail, passing Island, Long, Round, and Milk Lakes. There are several excellent campsites near Island Lake, a picturesque lake surrounded by rocky knolls and scattered patches of timber. Several rocky islands give the name to this, the largest of the lakes in the group. Summer visitors often swim to these islands to enjoy the sun and the scenery.

Milk Lake, a deep, blue lake, has campsites near the east and west ends. The south shore is steep, rising sharply to the ridge where the Grouse Ridge Campground is located.

At its eastern end the Round Lake Trail comes off the Grouse Ridge Trail.

Directions: From Nevada City, Travel east on Hwy. #20 for approximately 19 miles and turn left onto Primary Forest Route #18. Travel north and turn east at the Lindsey Lake, Freely Lake, Carr Lake sign. Follow the signs to Carr Lake and park. Continue on by foot to Feeley Lake where the trail starts.At its eastern end the Round Lake Trail comes off the Grouse Ridge Trail.

Elevation: 6,720 feet

Ending Elevation: 7,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 480 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Tahoe National Forest, California

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