Kidd Lake Campground

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Trail Distance: 2 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Kidd Lake Campground Trail starts at the Wilderness Hut by Kilborn Lake on Kidd Lake Road, and ends at the Kidd Lake by the Kidd Lake Campground. Altogether, the hike is about two miles round trip, and the elevation gain is approximately 200 feet. Your pawsome poochie is welcome to come along as long as they are leashed. 

You and your pupster will be surrounded by the mature pines and oaks of the Tahoe National Forest, which provides plenty of shade throughout much of the trail. While the trailhead at the warming hut has restrooms and water, the only other restrooms will be at the Wildy Café, which is less than a half mile from the trailhead, and the Kidd Lake Campground at the halfway point. 

At approximately three quarters of a mile into the trip, you will see Kidd Lake and the surrounding area, which is pawfectly gorgeous so bring a camera. This is a great opportunity for you and Fido to get some selfies for your Facebook page or scrapbook. You will also see some wild critters as you hike, but don’t let your poochie chase or harass them, and don’t feed them. 

Along the way, you are going to see many colorful fields of native wildflowers such as Indian’s Paintbrush, lilies, poppies, bluebells, daisies, and many more. The forest is also full of greenery such as chaparral and other bush and shrub-type plants. It is fine to take photos but please don’t pick the flowers. Others would like to see them too. 

When you get to Kidd Lake, you can stop there in the picnic area for lunch before heading back to the trailhead. There are plenty of amenities here such as restrooms, BBQ pits, picnic tables, and the lake, of course, where you can swim, boat, or fish before starting back to the hut. Your poochie will thoroughly enjoy this hike, and you will probably want to come back again for another trip. 

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Easy Incline, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Stay on the trail to avoid poison oak and ticks.
Address
Kidd Lake Rd.
Soda Springs, CA 95728
Hours
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Address
Kidd Lake Rd.
Soda Springs, CA 95728
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset