Ralston Peak Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.4 miles 3016 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

washed out

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)

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

A little steep and dusty at parts, but the views from the summit are well worth the trek.

backpacking
4 months ago

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).

hiking
4 months ago

The views are definitely worth the climb! And don't forget plenty of water.

hiking
4 months ago

Very difficult, but well worth the climb. Steep incline and beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

Started our hike up Mt Ralston a bit late in the day but no issues finishing, just warm. Well worth the climb as the view from the summit is BEAUTIFUL! As my husband stated the hike up was a ball buster - for me the hike down was an intense workout as well. We highly recommend this hike and we will definitely do it again!!

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Awesome hike but on the difficult side. There is still a lot of snow at the peak so be prepared; easy to lose the trail. I saw two girls who had been lost for 2 hours.

Total hike is about 8.4 from the Ralston Trail parking lot off of 50 not 7.

6 months ago

Great test of conditioning last mile was intimidating. Don't recommend for the first one of the year.

hiking
6 months ago

Great

6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

A dense climb, beautiful views of desolation wilderness.

hiking
1 year ago

Difficult, but a view was amazing

hiking
1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

It is a difficult trail with decent views. Note is about 8+ miles not 5 miles.