Ralston Peak Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twin Bridges, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The thigh-burner of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Ralston rewards intrepid day-hikers with stunning mountain overlooks. There are many sights to wonder over as you snake eastward along US-50 towards Lake Tahoe, but Mt. Ralston isn't one of them despite being situated right next to the road. Not that it's unworthy, but simply because the 9,235ft peak is obscured from view. Our Guide traces a long route up the steep flanks of Mt. Ralston and into the Desolation Wilderness, rewarding the intrepid day-hiker with stunning mountain overlooks. Elevation gain: - 2,735ft (from 6,500 - 9,235ft)
It's not very scenic hike itself until you get to the peak. Strenuous. I didn't do the loop. I took the trail going straight up. Nice trail for downhill running. It took me 2h15min to the peak, return trip was just over an hour. 6.75miles round trip.
This hike was super steep getting up there, but the view was well worth it. I would recommend hiking poles to alleviate the pain on your knees from coming down. Make sure you wear great hiking socks, otherwise you'll get blisters! But I enjoyed this hike alot. Its a must do!
Beautiful trail. Super easy to follow and a great way to spend a day! Here's the full write up and maps/pictures. http://hustzkergies.blogspot.com/2016/08/ralston-peak.html
Great trail, easy to follow and a great workout. Bring lots of water and some food. Parking can be hard, I parked across the street from Camp Sacramento and walked up the dirt road to the trail. The views from the top of the peak are nothing short of spectacular. Bring a light windbreaker for the chill at the top.
A little steep and dusty at parts, but the views from the summit are well worth the trek.
Great trail. Easy to find, well marked along the route, and very well maintained. It's a grind of a climb, but worth it. The views are incredible !! Bring plenty of water, as there are no resources until you hit Lake of the Woods at the 7.5 mile point (if your not just going out n back).
The views are definitely worth the climb! And don't forget plenty of water.
Awesome view atop Ralston Peak, not that there's a bad view on top of a mountain. Good view of Lake Tahoe in the distance and the surrounding lakes in southeast desolation wilderness.
Great test of conditioning last mile was intimidating. Don't recommend for the first one of the year.
We made it to 8600' before turning around. We didn't have snow shoes. The views were very good. The path was pretty steep. We only saw 5 other people all day on the trail. There was a lot of snow starting at 8000' you cannot see Lake Tahoe at all from where we were.
A dense climb, beautiful views of desolation wilderness.
Difficult, but a view was amazing
Difficult trail with very few switchbacks at the serious ascents. Proper prep and fuel is a must. Take plenty of water and electrolytes as well. It's a heck of a hike but the view makes it more than worth the work.
It is a difficult trail with decent views. Note is about 8+ miles not 5 miles.
I am a novice hiker/climber. This trail was a challenge. There is a small creek for water about 1/4 of the way up from a small trail that leads off from the main trail, but other than that there is NO WATER on this trail until you get over the summit. We trekked up this trail 3 times before making it to the top. 1st time we started too late and had to head back, as we were unprepared for the dark and it was a day hike. 2nd time we decided to carry 40 lb. pack to camp just below the summit where the trail splits. This was a beautiful night to camp, but we had no idea we would need so much water with carrying 40 lbs on our backs. 3rd time was the charm, as we made it a day hike and started earlier and brought our head lamps for the walk down. Very blustery at the top and cold. We picked a cooler day with overcast to hike to the top, but what a thrill. We signed the ledger at the top. Breathtaking views. Breathtaking hike. Breathtaking. Feeling accomplished.
Awesome climb with rewarding views. I started at the Sacramento Camp parking lot and completed the out and back in ~5 hours. Most beta suggests this is 5 mi out and back, but that distance is one-way; I clocked the round trip at 9.8 mi. It's a quick climb from the parking lot with ~2800 ft in elevation gain to the peak. The trail is unmarked but easy to follow at least until you reach the talus at the top, from there it is just a 100 ft or so to the summit. The trail is rated as easy. Being from the east coast and living at ~200 ft above sea level I huffed and puffed my way to the top and felt it in my legs the day after, so I'd rate this as moderate. The views are well worth the effort giving you a bird's eye view of several lakes in the area. If you add a 40 lbs pack to your back this would be a great training hike for bigger trips into the backcountry.