Loch Leven (California)

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Loch Leven
Loch Leven Paiute Pass.jpg
Loch Leven, looking west towards Piute Pass
Location of Loch Leven in California, USA.
Location of Loch Leven in California, USA.
Loch Leven
Location of Loch Leven in California, USA.
Location of Loch Leven in California, USA.
Loch Leven
LocationInyo County, California
Coordinates37°13′52″N 118°39′16″W / 37.23111°N 118.65444°W / 37.23111; -118.65444 (Loch Leven (Inyo County))
Primary inflowsNorth Fork of Bishop Creek
Primary outflowsNorth Fork of Bishop Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface elevation10,748 ft (3,276 m)[1]
References[1]

Loch Leven is the name of several lakes in California, United States, in the Sierra Nevada.

Inyo County[edit]

Loch Leven in Inyo County, California, was named after Loch Leven in Scotland. The USGS lists Loch Leven at 37°13′52″N 118°39′16″W / 37.23111°N 118.65444°W / 37.23111; -118.65444 on the "Mount Darwin" topographic map.[1]

Placer County[edit]

The Loch Leven Lakes are located in Placer County, California. Three larger lakes and several smaller ones are centered at 39°17′10″N 120°30′15″W / 39.28611°N 120.50417°W / 39.28611; -120.50417 and can be found on the "Cisco Grove" and "Soda Springs" USGS topographic maps.[2]

The Loch Leven Lakes are a popular day hike, with the U.S. Forest Service rating the trail's use level as "heavy" and its difficulty as "moderate".[3] The Loch Leven trailhead is near the Big Bend Visitor Center (just off Interstate 80), and the trail climbs 1,070 feet (325 m) in 2.5 miles (4 km) to reach the first lake, with Upper Loch Leven (also known as High Loch Leven[4]) another 1.1 miles (1.7 km) beyond.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Loch Leven
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Loch Leven Lakes
  3. ^ "Loch Leven Lakes Trail System" (PDF). United States Forest Service. February 2020.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: High Loch Leven Lake