“A multi-track trail through the forest on the east side of the Serene Lakes community in the Royal Gorge area.”
— George Lamson
Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife
A valid trail pass is required from the Royal Gorge ski resort for winter skiing.
This trail is open to mountain bikes and dogs, so keep an eye out for both.
This multi-track trail is a ski trail in the winter and a popular running trail in the summer. It heads east of the Serene Lakes community in the Lodgepole/Fir forest of the Royal Gorge open space area on Donner Summit. The trail is part of a network of trails that provide access to the open space area (see map for connecting trails).
The trail starts from the junction of the Reindeer Trail
and Switchback Trail
and is clearly marked by ski trail signs posted along the trail. It can be traversed in both directions and is open to hiking, running and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. During the snowy months, it is usually groomed for both Nordic and skate skiing by the resort. The trail slopes gently up as it heads east and is relatively straight with good sight lines.
Flora & Fauna
The trail cuts through a Lodgepole/Fir forest and during the summer is populated by a large collection of Sierra wildflowers. The forest is the home to deer, ground squirrels, bobcat, martens, coyotes and the occasional mountain lion. There is a wide variety of Northern Sierra birdlife.