At almost four miles, the remains of the Lost Cabin Mine are a wonderful diversion on the downhill slope. The best part of the mine is a secret: cross the stream to explore the mine’s garbage pit, brimming with remnants of quaint glass jugs and odd bits of metal. It will bring out the historian in you. (NOT a dog-friendly addition to your trip. Broken glass + paws = sad dog face. My pictures of the trash are from October 2012, pre-Jasper.)
This hike isn’t usually snow-free until mid-July, so I think most local hikers haven’t considered this trail open yet for the season. Consequently, we had it almost to ourselves! Be aware, traffic is heavy during the summer months. For a wilderness experience, the best time to hike is now or in the fall.
Source: Evans, Stephen L. "Winnemucca - Round Top Lakes Loop" Top Trails Sacramento. 4th ed. Birmingham: Wilderness, 2012. Print.
Length: 4.74 miles
Water: The snowpack is still melting and runoff is evident. Both lakes are full and so are the streams.
Use: Light. During prime hiking season, this trail is heavily used.
Differences from published description: There is a $5 use fee.
Jasper’s rating: 5 paws out of 5.
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