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Carr Lake Trailhead:
I-80 to Hwy 20 (Nevada City) Exit 161
Hwy 20 3.8 mi
Right Bowman Rd 8.4 mi
Right Rd 17 (Call-Lindsey Rd) 2.9 mi
Google Directions from CTL 30 miles, 1 hr.


The Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake is one of the most scenic and popular hikes. The trail follows along the west shore of Island Lake and climbs by Crooked Lakes (shallow, but trout slip out of upstream lakes into them) and on to dramatic Penner Lake (stocked with Kamloops Junction rainbow trout in 2000). Scramble up rocky ridge west of Penner for dramatic look back down to Culbertson and Lindsey Lakes basin.
Hiking beyond Penner requires using a not well-marked trail to the right (east) of Penner, then a scramble over the ridge to the north, but a nice drop down to the Rock Lakes basin.
Trail Dist Elevation
Carr Lake to Penner 2.9 mi 6,700-7,030-6,900
Penner Lake to Rock Lakes 1.4 6,890-7,000-6,710
Rock Lake to Carr Lake
via Grouse Ridge and Round Lake Trails
6.6 6,710-6,350-7,136-6,700
Total vertical 900'

See: Crooked Lakes Trail to Rock Lakes via Penner Lake at SierraOutdoorRecreation.com

Greater Tahoe Area
Yuba River Ranger District
(North Yuba river, Yuba Pass, Gold Lakes Basin,
I-80 corridor, Hwy 20, Bowman/Grouse,
Cisco Grove areas)
15924 Highway 49
Camptonville CA 95922
530.288.3231 or 478.6253 (voice)
Nevada County Sheriff's office : 
Emergency Dispatch: 530 265-7880
950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City CA 95959
- 530-265-1218
Carr Lake Campground at PublicLands.org
SierraOutdoorRecreation.com: Carr Lake
 Crooked Lakes Trail to Rock Lakes via Penner Lake
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last updated 1 June 2010