Mount Judah Loop Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews

Mount Judah Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.1 miles 1327 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

hiking
1 month ago

5.5 mikes 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!

1 month ago

Awesome 3 hour hike through the forests with great views. Easily accessible.

2 months ago

Great trail!

2 months ago

Awesome hike!! Take PCT and you where go right or left. The view up top is amazing!!!!

2 months ago

Can't wait to go back when the wildflowers are blooming!

2 months ago

2 months ago

Agree with not being the right map. Pictures do not match the area. If you look it up it's near Truckee. I'm sure it's a great trail.... Location needs to be fixed.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular views and lovely forests. Gives you a great sense of how the transcontinental railroad was put in.

2 months ago

Great hike. Popular trail. I recommend to start early. Great view at the top of mt Judah.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

Not good. Windy, boring, no payoff.

3 months ago

Busy holiday weekend, but worth the traffic.

3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

nice 3 hr hike. great 360 view at top

hiking
3 months ago

School's back- and what better way to "celebrate" than going out to Donner Pass? Our school generously took the Class of 2020 out to Donner Pass for three days, and the highlight of the trip was unquestionably this hike.

The hike starts out on a rocky switchback trail. You will walk only on rocks (no dirt or vegetation,) but you will be able to easily stay on the trail. The entirety of the 0.9 mile leg is composed of broken-down boulders. A great leg if you like hiking along boulderfields.

The first peak you'll have the chance to summit is Donner Peak. The views from the top are unrivaled by any others in the area; you get a view of both Lake Mary and Donner Lake, as well as Van Norden and the Chinese-constructed tunnels in the distance.

You will then hike along a ridge up to Mount Judah (beware the false summit halfway from Donner). The path is sturdy, albeit narrow, and can be done with relative ease. Mount Judah offers a view of Sugarbowl Ski Resort (Mt. Lincoln) and the Pacific Crest Trail. In the distance, a small patch of snow could be seen on Tinker Knob.

The rest of the loop is mainly through a peaceful forest and/or meadow. You will pass four streams in the early summer (dried out by August, unfortunately.) You'll have a brief stint through a ski resort before returning on the aforementioned boulderfield path.

Beware of yellowjackets. Two of my friends got stung on Donner Peak alone. Move away from water sources or limit your breaks to stay clear of these pests. Do not let the bees keep you from hiking this trail- it's a must do!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail, not difficult and the views at the top are amazing. Trail markers are minimum but it's self explanatory and usually there are a good bit of people on the same trail just in case

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago