Mt. Ralston Peak Trail, South Lake Tahoe

4.7
#13 of 17 in Trails in Lake Tahoe (California)
Ralston Peak is a mountain in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the west of Lake Tahoe within the Desolation Wilderness in El Dorado County, California. Ralston Peak is a very popular mountain to summit for the views of the wilderness area as it lies very near U.S. Route 50. The easiest trailhead to the summit can be found in Camp Sacramento a few miles west of Echo Summit.
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  • I've hiked this trail twice to prepare for my travels to the Cuzco region of Peru. The hike starts at an elevation of about 6,400 ft and the elevation at the top of the peak is 9,200 ft. The round tri...  more »
  • Drove up from Sacramento for a Sunday day hike. It was definitely a tough hike in some places. 2800 feet gain in 4 miles. Took 2:30 hours up and 1:40 down for us. Bring lots of water as there wasn't a...  more »
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  • The hike up is very hard and strenuous, but the peak has some of the best views I’ve ever seen in my short life
  • This is always a favorite of the peaks we hike in Tahoe. We snowshoes to the top using gps to navigate on the trail, but stayed to the right and went straight up to the peak. This seemed to cut off about .25 mile. The temps were mild and we only had gust wind at the very top. Was a beautiful day. With the loop at the top, we came down the regular trail. Total distance was 6.9 miles. Even in the winter, still a favorite!!

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