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This is the south/west approach to Mt. Lola via the Pacific Crest Trail and Mt. Lola Trail. The hike route starts on the P.C.T. where it crosses the White Rock Lake Road. This portion of the  Mt. Lola Trail is a very nice. It starts at the P.C.T., goes through the woods along the south side of White Rock Lake, through lush wildflower meadows, then up over a granite ridge and on above tree line to Mt. Lola (9143 ft). The trail has become a little overgrown because of low use, which is a shame. I’ve been on a small mission to reestablish the official trail where use trails have led people astray. On this hike, I trimmed overgrown bushes and added rock ducks to mark the trail better in various places. I also moved some dead limbs from the trail, but there are still eight large fallen trees over the trail between the P.C.T. and the granite ridge. I further marked with rocks and realigned the junction with the old, steep, ugly use trail straight down to White Rock Lake. The trail through a small gully here heading to the granite ridge had disappeared. The route on the map below is just this portion of the Mt. Lola Trail and the P.C.T. access section; see also the more popular  northern approach to Mt. Lola and the full Mt. Lola Trail between the P.C.T. and the northern trailhead on the old Henness Pass Road.

Directions: From CA Hwy 89 at Little Truckee Summit,  west on NFS 07 (paved) to the Meadow Lake Road (NFS 86). South on Meadow Lake Road (gravel), then west/left on the White Rock Lake Road  (NFS 8670). The P.C.T crosses the road about a mile before White Rock Lake. The White Rock Lake Road is impassable when wet (recently, judging by the ruts) and requires a high-clearance vehicle when dry. Allow 1.75 hours from Reno.

A longer alternative accessible by normal vehicles would be to catch the P.C.T. where it crosses the Meadow Lake Road (near the summit, about 0.2 miles before the White Rock Lake Road junction); that would add 4.9 miles and 900 feet elevation gain (one way). Snow often lingers into July on the lower forested sections.

[click map title below to download GPS tracks from Wikiloc]

9.38 mi (3.92 mi uphill, 4.06 mi downhill, 1.67 mi flat)
1850 ft total ascent – 16.2 % uphill grade, 98.0 % downhill grade
6:00:26 total time (5:11:48 moving, 0:48:38 stopped)
0:32:03 pace (1.9 mph average speed)
20.6 difficulty, 37.3 effort