From peaks along the Pacific Crest Trail to trails right at the resort, Nakoma offers hikes for the whole family and trips for more intrepid trekkers. If staying close to all of Nakoma’s amenities is the plan, there are a variety of hiking trails right at your doorstep that provide opportunities for exercise, solitude, incredible views, fishing and picnicking. Explore 8 miles of trails that provide access to the wild and scenic Middle Fork of the Feather River, or head uphill on trails that lead to beautiful vistas overlooking the community. The Nakoma system also features an Interpretive Trail where 27 native trees and plants are identified.
Whether you want to go big or keep it small, the Lost Sierra offers up day hikes for every ability level. Extend your hike into the Plumas National Forestfor an afternoon escape. The Lakes Basin Recreation Area, 10 minutes from Nakoma, features an interconnected network of trails that provides options for short walks or all-day treks.
Bear Lakes Loop
The Bear Lakes Loop skirts four crystal clear lakes that invite a picnic or swim or both. Setting off from the Lakes Basin Trailhead off Gold Lake Highway, you can approach this easy to moderate 2.5 mile loop either clockwise or counterclockwise. You’ll pass beautiful lakes — Big Bear, Little Bear, Cub and Long. With only a 350’ elevation gain, it’s a perfect hike for the whole family. An optional quarter mile extension will take you to lake number five, Silver Lake, which has some lovely picnic spots on its shore.
The views from atop Mt. Elwell make this more advanced effort completely worth the effort for the hardy hiker. The 7.5 mile loop has some steep, exposed sections. Given the length of the hike and the exposure at the 7,800’ rocky top of Mt. Elwell, it’s recommended to start the hike in the morning. Begin at the Smith Lake trailhead which is just off the road to Gray Eagle Lodge, accessed from Gold Lake highway. The hike can be approached either clockwise traversing south to the Long Lake dam and then up to the peak, or counterclockwise from the Smith Lake trail to the north. Either way offers spectacular views and a thoroughly enjoyable, vigorous hike.
SIERRA BUTTES Fire lookout
This short, but quite steep trail is just 4.5 miles out and back with an 1,800’ elevation gain and can be done by fit, beginner hikers. The views from the soaring fire lookout are spectacular. To access the trailhead, take Gold Lake Highway to Sardine/Packer Lake Road and follow signs to Packer Lake and Packer Saddle. The climb up the steel ladder to the actual lookout building at the top is not for the faint of heart.
CLOUDS REST TRAIL
This very short connector trail enables Guests staying at the Lodge to quickly access the Nakoma Trail System. After leaving the Lodge parking area you’ll spot the road Double Eagle. Follow the road up a short way to connect into the Interpretive, Dancing Bears and Cool Water Trails.
A short, leisurely path that winds through the Village connecting the Inn and Frank Lloyd Wright Lodge. This 0.3 mile trail travels along Statue Pond, Nakoma Creek and Altitude Recreation Center. Watch for traffic as this trail requires crossing County Road A-15 and Great Spirit.
This 0.6 mile trail can be accessed from either A-15 or Great Spirit. It is level as it traverses the Dragon Golf Course. The trail then makes its way upward to Great Spirit. Along the trail, 27 native trees and plants are identified. No dogs are permitted on this trail because it goes through the golf course.
CLOUDS REST TRAIL
This trail begins on Great Spirit where the Interpretive Trail ends. Some sections of this 0.7 mile trail are strenuous. Clouds Rest Trail provides access to three other trails: Boulder Garden, Blazing Star and Eagles Nest.
Staying at Nakoma is an escape from the traffic and crowds you’ll find in Truckee-Tahoe. We offer a beautifully modern resort surrounded by high peaks and forests, all with a pace of life as measured as the mountains.