CURTZ LAKE / INDIAN CREEK
To Summit Lake, take the trail which begins at the gate on the north side of Curtz Lake. Keep an eye out for eagles, hawks as well as waterfowl on the way to this small but pleasant lake. To Indian Creek car-shuttle take the trail out the northeast side of Summit Lake, through an intervening flat, and then east and down through piñon forest. To Stevens Lake, drive to Indian Creek Reservoir and take the short walk from the far end of the campground.
The trail to Fremonts Crossing is on the opposite side of the road, east side, from Curtz Lake. It takes you 2 miles down to the East Carson River Canyon, where Fremonts expedition passed through in 1844. Today during the early part of the summer you might see rafters shooting by this stretch of the river. For Markleeville car-shuttle, head upriver from the crossing, off-trail, scrambling and side-hilling outcroppings for the first mile. Then you walk through Jeffrey pine forests that border the pastures leading to the town.
A nature trail begins at the south end of Curtz Lake, across the highway. And you can extend this short nature walk by going off-trail from the southerly loop of the trail. Head up, southerly, to volcanic nubs with dead-on views of Raymond and other peaks above Markleeville.
Mountain bikers: BLM roads take off from Indian Creek Reservoir, on its east side. These roads connect with Diamond Valley Road, which can be ridden west toward Woodfords and then back to the car via Highway 89/4, making about a 10-mile loop. Fishermen: Walk in to Summit Lake to float tube for brook trout, or drive to Indian Creek Reservoir for some of the areas biggest rainbows, brooks and Lahontan cut throat. Boat ramp available.
Indian Creek is large enough for sailing, and also a convenient spot to make a kayak or canoe excursion.
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