Sardine Lake and Campground

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Trail Distance: 6 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 2100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Sardine Lake and Campground Trails include one interpretive trail and one longer trail that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) System. Both of these trails are dog furiendly as long as Fido is on-leash at all times, so you don’t have to leave your fur buddy back at camp. No matter where you are in the Sardine Lake area, campgrounds, or trails, the Sierra Buttes are visible and they are a sight to behold, so make sure you have a camera.

The Sand Pond Interpretive Trail is just a bit shy of two miles out and back, and starts at the gate on the right side of the parking lot. This trail is mostly wooded and takes you around the Lower Sardine Lake up to the Upper Sardine Lake, where you will turn around and walk back. The trail even goes over some marshy areas where you and your poochie will walk on some wooden planks over the water. 

There are informative signs with the history of Sand Pond and Sardine Lake all along the trail, and you will see a lot of colorful flowers and curious wild critters along your hike. No dogs are allowed in Sand Pond so make sure you keep your pupster with you on the trail and not on the beach area or pond. However, this interpretive trail is a woofderful way to find out the history of the area and learn about the wildlife as well. 

The other trail, which connects to the Pacific Crest trail by the Tamarack Connection, is about four miles out and back, based on how far you go on the PCT. To get to this trail, you will have to take Sardine Lake Road to the Water System Road by County Road 621. This natural dirt path takes you and Fido up into the mountains where you will be facing the Sierra Buttes, and you can even see the snow on top of the mountains during the summer months. Whichever trail you take, you and your pup will love the pawfect views of the mountains and lakes. 

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, Lake, Desert, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Stick to the trails to avoid ticks and poison oak.
Address
990 Sardine Lake Road
Sierra City, CA 96125
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Address
990 Sardine Lake Road
Sierra City, CA 96125
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours