Back to index Round Top from Woods Lake Hike
Trip Date:  10/10/2010

Distance
: 7.4 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2200'

Group Size: 4
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Round Top Woods Lake Hike
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Round Top Woods Lake Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 41.503, W 120 00.570     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the Woods Lake Road just east of Caples Lake.  Head down the paved road to the parking area for Woods Lake, and there is a fee to park in this location.  The trailhead for this hike is just to the south from the parking spots. 
Hazards of Note:   Weather in this area can change quickly so be prepared for various temperatures and rain.

Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This is a popular hike, especially in the spring and early summer for the spectacular wildflower displays along the trail.
General Notes:
From the parking area head south for the Lost Mine Trail.  You will pass to the west of Woods Lake, seeing it from a distance but never getting very close to it.  The trail climbs continually up toward Round Top Lake, where you will then follow a use trail up to the south aiming for a gap just to the right (west) of the actual Round Top Peak.  When you reach this gap, head up toward the top of Round Top, climbing class 3 rock as you make your way to the top.

Jim near Woods Lake at the start with Round Top looming behind. Jim at Woods Lake
The boys checking out a car they can afford.
Old Car
Tristan at the Round Lake trail sign. Tristan at the sign
The sun shining over Round Top lake. Round Top Lake
Heading up above Round Top lake.
Round Top lake
Taking in our last stretch to the summit. View of the summit
Tristan making his way to the top. Nearly there
Tristan Dustin and Jim checking out the summit view.
Checking out the summit view
Dustin and Tristan high above Summit City canyon. Summit breather
Tristan Dustin and I at the summit. Three of us
Tristan examining one of the many ladybugs at the summit. Examining a ladybug
Dustin checking out where we had just been. Dustin on the way back down
One last look at Round Top lake as we headed back down. Round Top Lake
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike