“A beautiful run filled with lakes that you'll be in awe of.
— Anina Middleton
Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
There are countless lakes to admire along this run. This is great area for either a beginner or advanced backpacker because there are plenty of places to stop in the area and make camp. The trail is not too steep either and would make for a great, longer day run.
Need to Know
Plenty of lakes to swim in during the summer!
Overall, these trails are well-maintained and easy to follow through the lakes at the beginning. Start the run on the Round Lake Trail
. Round Lake Trail
extends east from Feeley Lake passing Island, Long, Round, and Milk Lakes along the way. There are several excellent campsites near Island Lake, a picturesque lake surrounded by rock 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 Grouse Ridge Campground is located. From Round Lake Trail
, take the turnoff toward Glacier Lake and continue to follow signs for Glacier Lake for the remainder of the trail. The trail on the way out out is a bit of a descent so expect a little uphill on the way back to the trailhead. Beautiful views of the beautiful Tahoe National Forest!
At a certain point, we went off the trail to find our campsite in Five Lakes Basin. You can stay on the trail and find some other nice campsites as well. The whole run is very moderate and can be a a day run or a nice and easy backpacking trip.