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Round Top Loop

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Trail

6.9 mile 11.2 kilometer loop
72% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,162' 659 m
Descent: -2,162' -659 m
High: 10,338' 3,151 m
Low: 8,201' 2,500 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

A moderate scramble up a Sierra Nevada peak.

Miguel Vieira

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A loop run to the summit of Round Top past scenic Winnemucca and Round Top lakes.

Need to Know

$5 day use fee at the Woods Lake Trailhead.

Description

From the parking lot, run along Woods Creek Road, cross the bridge, and then look for the sign on the right for the Round Top Lake Trail to Round Top Lake. Climb through gradually opening pine forests toward the lake as Round Top and The Sisters loom ahead.

At the lake, continue on the Round Top Summit Trail. Follow the climber's trail to the saddle, then turn left and make the scramble to the summit of Round Top and enjoy the views, which extend north as far as Lake Tahoe.

Scramble back down, and when you return to the trail, turn right on the Fourth of July Lake Trail to Winnemucca Lake. After enjoying the sights at the lake, return to the trailhead on the Winnemucca Lake Trail.

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Jul 15, 2018
Chris Leonetti

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  4.9 from 7 votes

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in Kirkwood

#706

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#119

in California

#706

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Photos

Looking back at Round Top Lake from the summit of Round Top.
Dec 24, 2016 near South L…, CA
Perfect day hiking on Round Top Loop.
Jul 28, 2019 near South L…, CA
On the trail near Winnemucca Lake.
Dec 24, 2016 near South L…, CA
The pine forests flow across the landscape on the way to Round Top Lake.
Dec 29, 2016 near South L…, CA

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