I love this hike for the challenging elevation gain (1750 feet), plentiful water features, and views. At 5.6 miles round-trip, it’s easily done in a day, even with the drive from and back to Sacramento.
Source: Soares, John R. and Soares, Marc J. "Grouse, Hemlock, and Smith Lakes." 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California. 3rd ed. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books, 2008. Print.
Length: 5.6 miles
Water: All lakes are full and the outflow is moderate.
Use: Moderate to heavy.
Differences from published description: None.
Jasper’s rating: 5 paws out of 5.
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