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Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake


Located In: Nevada City.

Distance: 6 miles out-and-back.

Difficulty Level: Moderate; heavily trafficked.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.


Fuel Up: Driven by minimal environmental impact and sourcing local, seasonal produce, the weekly menu at Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. ( is full of delicious, organic choices (including tantalizing wood-fired pizzas and award-winning beers). The pickled veggies can't be missed!

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.


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.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts (and follow local regulations).
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. 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.