Lower Lola Montez
3.5 miles one way with about 700 ft of elevation gain.

Trail Profile:
lola montez profile

Click here for topo map

Source: Afoot and Afield: Reno-Tahoe: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide - Mike White, 2006

Trail lies mostly across private lands using private roads (please respect owners' property rights) until nearing the lake and entering a "motor vehicle restricted area." The last segment leads by a lovely meadow where it connects with Hole in the Ground Trail. Together these two trails offer an epic sized, popular mountain bike loop. From the meadow the trail winds through the forest for 0.25 mile to the lake. Fishing for rainbow in Lower Lola Montez Lake is relatively good (stocked in 2000), but it is known for 10"-15" Brookies that can be caught best in the fall. See nearby Upper Lola Montez Lake for access via the Rattlesnake Road. Also, Upper Lola Montez Lake can also be reached via a moderately difficult 0.3 mile scramble that climbs 400' in elevation from the Lower lake. Several user trails wind cross-country to the top of the ridge lying to the west between the two lakes.
Source: SierraOutdoorRecreation.com

Upper Lola Montez:
The trail from Lower Lola Montez which takes off from the Hole in the Ground Trail, shown on many topo maps, no longer exists.

To get there follow a ducked route (route with cairns) which starts form the northwest shore of Lower Lola Montez and goes over granite boulder and slaps requiring some scrambling. A granite knoll partway up the climb allows fine views.

About 0.6 mi. with 415 ft of elevation gain.

Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) can get there via Rattlesnake Rd., a 10 mile OHV road from Soda Springs.
The south part of the lake is accessible to OHVs, the North part is reserved for hikers.

Source: Afoot and Afield: Reno-Tahoe: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide, by Mike White
View of Lower Lola Montez from Upper Lola Montez

Upper Lola Montez

View from Upper Lola Montez

Lower Lola Montez Lake Fishing | Dave's Sierra Fishing
Tahoe National Forest - Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail Donner Summit Area | GORP.com
Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail : Sierra Outdoor Recreation
Lola Montez - Wikipedia

last updated 30 July 2012