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    Pinecrest Lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-4h
    Distance
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    10.9 km
    Elevation
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    284 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The alpine terrain is just waiting to be explored, and the Pinecrest Lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop is a great way to do it! Wander around the shoreline of the shimmering alpine lake and into the woodlands, exposing wonderful views of Pinecrest Peak.

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    Route Description for Pinecrest Lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop

    The Pinecrest Lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop is a wonderful hike that boasts picturesque views. Explore the high country and indulge in its beauty while getting your heart rate up. Though this route does not travel up to the summit of Pinecrest Peak, it follows the same trail for a few clicks and rewards hikers with wonderful views of the summit. If you are seeking a less demanding excursion than the Pinecrest Peak Hike, then you have come to the correct trail.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Pinecrest lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop tracks southeast along the Pinecrest Lake Trail. This path will guide you along the southern shoreline of the shimmering lake, past several charming cabins overlooking the waters. Eventually, you will reach an intersection with the Pinecrest Peak Trail on the lake's eastern shore. Veer right and begin ascending the path. At the following junction, keep left, passing Catfish Lake, which boasts wonderful scenes of Pinecrest Peak. Continue along this trail, descending several switchbacks, keeping left at the next intersection.

    Soon after the junction, you will reconnect with the Pinecrest Lake Trail. Hike across the dam, traveling southwest back to the trailhead, making the end of your scenic adventure.

    Getting to the Pinecrest Lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop Trailhead

    The Pinecrest Lake and Pinecrest Peak Loop departs from the trailhead off Pinecrest Avenue.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Circuit

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