Mount Judah Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the exit to Old Highway #40 east of Donner Ski Ranch. From Hwy. #40 turn onto the road before the Alpine Skills Institute and begin the hike on the Pacific Crest Trail heading south.
5.5 mies with 1220 ft elevation increase. Pretty Moderate to strenuous at times. It is well worth the hike to the top for the gorgeous views of Donner Lake and the area! Portapotty at the trailhead. Bring water. Several dogs on the trail. Great hike!
Awesome 3 hour hike through the forests with great views. Easily accessible.
Awesome hike!! Take PCT and you where go right or left. The view up top is amazing!!!!
Can't wait to go back when the wildflowers are blooming!
Spectacular views and lovely forests. Gives you a great sense of how the transcontinental railroad was put in.
Great hike. Popular trail. I recommend to start early. Great view at the top of mt Judah.
Really busy, a big tourist spot. Trail is almost always congested, but on a clear day, the views from the top of Donner Lake and a 365 of the Sierras is worth it! Fun boulders to climb at the top, and a perfect spot to eat lunch and enjoy the view before heading back down. Dog friendly, most dogs off leash. Windy at the top!
Not good. Windy, boring, no payoff.
Busy holiday weekend, but worth the traffic.
One of my 3 children has a cold. We went back about 3/4 away up. We ate lunch overlooking Mary Lake. Not bad I've been on better. His cold gave us the excuse to head back. Maybe we will do it again in full. Not sure if our heart wasn't into it or it was something about the trail that left us feeling average rather than superb.
Had a lot of variety as I tend to like loop trails much more than out and back. Two photographers in our group so we had plenty to shoot along the way. Rocky switch-backs at the start but mostly packed dirt the whole loop.