Taylor Lake/Lucky S Mine/Kettle Rock Lookout Loop

Total Miles


2389.7 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The trail has smooth flowing sections, loose, rocky climbs, and hardpacked rocky roads with seasonal low water crossings. The road up to the lookout is steep with loose rock. Leading up to and past Taylor Lake is a hard-packed rock trail that is best traveled with high-ground clearance vehicles. At Lucky S Mine there is a 100-yard section that can be muddy and rutted.


Portions are very rocky, sometimes loose.


The Lucky S Mine was an active copper mine in the early 1900s, and there are several intact buildings and tailings to explore.

Technical Rating


Access Description

From Taylorsville, California, take Nelson Street north to North Valley Road and turn left. In about 1/4 mile veer right onto North Arm Road and go a little over 1-1/2 miles and turn right onto Beardsley Grade(dirt road). Approximately 8-1/2 to 9 miles up you can unload or start at the Lucky S Mine turnoff. There is ample room to park a rig and trailer if need be.