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Trip Date:  08/29/2010

: 5.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 800'

Group Size: 10
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Lake Winnemucca Woods Lake Hike
Lake Winnemucca 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 trail to Lake Winnemucca.  You will cross a wooden bridge very early on, and then head south for the bulk of the trail.  There are many open areas as you climb nearly 1000 feet along this trail.   The path follows a canyon up toward the lake, and there are views of Round Top Mountain to the southwest much of the way along the trip.  
At a trail junction very near the lake, you will head left (east about 1/4 mile) to get to the lake.

Dustin on bridge near the trailhead. Dustin on bridge
Stubborn tree foundalong the trail.
Tree along trail
Saraya and Sierra on the trail. On the trail
Looking for a cache along the trail. Caching
Reggie enjoying the sights halfway up the trail.
Reggie halfway
Round Top mountain from the trail. Round top
Dustin on a rock along the trail. Dustin on a rock
Tristan and I at the lake.
Tristan and I at the lake
Annie and the Smiths at Lake Winnemucca. Annie and the Smiths
Reggie enjoying the exertion to the lake. Reggie resting
Dustin's island rock at Lake Winnemucca. Dustin at the lake
Site of a geocache which happened to contain one of my own coins at the time. Cache site
Getting snowed on during the trip back. On the way back
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike