Wherever you wander in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area you will discover another lake around the bend in the trail. Sweeping views and spectacular vistas are open to you from the ridges and mountain tops. One of the many trails is the Pacific Crest Trail running along the edge of the area which you can access easily from Round Lake or Hellgramite Lake. Stay a week and you can have a new hike everyday! Visitors never tire of returning year after year to this pristine area of beautiful lakes and meadows.
You will pass by this lake when you are hiking the Round Lake Loop. Silver Lake is a little over a mile from Elwell Lakes Lodge. It is situated at 6703 feet.
Cub Lake is along the Bear Lakes Loop. It is three quarters of a mile from Elwell Lakes Lodge. It is at about 6600 feet.
A favorite lake for Elwell guests to swim in, just a half mile or fifteen minutes hike from the lodge. It is at 6485 feet in altitude.
Separated from Big Bear Lake by an isthmus of land it is another favorite swimming lake. A slight bit warmer in the early summer.
A small seasonal lake discovered along the Round Lake Loop. You can see Mt. Elwell in the distance.
The largest lake only three quarters of a mile from Elwell Lakes Lodge. The rowboats we provide for our guests are waiting at the end of the trail at 6555 feet.
The destination for the Round Lake Loop which you can start at the lodge. The loop trail will take you about two and a half hours visiting six lakes on this easy hike. Round Lake is at 6716 f33t.
Elwell Lakes Lodge is operated under a special use permit issued by the Plumas National Forest and is an equal opportunity recreation services provider