Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake
Located In: Nevada City.
Distance: 6 miles out-and-back.
Difficulty Level: Moderate; heavily trafficked.
Fuel Up: Driven by minimal environmental impact and sourcing local, seasonal produce, the weekly menu at Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. (threeforksnc.com) is full of delicious, organic choices (including tantalizing wood-fired pizzas and award-winning beers). The pickled veggies can't be missed!
Know Before You Go: Prepare for a bumpy road to the trailhead and arrive early to secure a parking spot; expect to share the trail.
Why We Love It: Abundant wildlife, amazing views, and a variety of lakes are all packed into this relatively easy trail. Having the option to cool off with a quick dip makes it a solid summer option.
Trail Notes: With high summer temps and plenty of sun exposure, remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Wear shoes with traction and, as always, practice Leave No Trace principles.
7 Principles of Leave No Trace
According to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, these are the core principles when recreating outdoors.
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Minimize campfire impacts (and follow local regulations).
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of others.
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by Ryan Martinez
Hammock photo by Jana Shepherd, @cvlop61; other lake photos by Jeffrey and Kaitlyn Rousseau, @jeffreyrousseau, @mrsrouss18; Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. (left) photo by Carrie Finlay, @carrie_finlay; beer photo courtesy of Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.