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Beautiful easy hike, great views and good for introducing snowshoeing as a fun activity.

cross country skiing
off trail
9 days ago

Make a reservation for the hut in the winter. Great place to snowshoe or backcountry ski too. We skinned up Castle Peak and dropped into Round Valley before reaching Peter Grubb. Safety First.

Amazing spot, fantastic view! Very slippery rocks toward the top and often times it can be a bit gusty. Other than that it’s such a cool adventure hike!

Very Cold and boring. I would not recommend it during the winter.

We hiked the trail today. We loved it! Hiked with our dog, well-packed snow, easy to walk with just snowboots. Many people had snowshoes to go off the main snow-packed trail. Kids sledding, a few cross country skiers on side routes. Pretty busy today- gorgeous sunny day, but quite cold and gets windy at some turns - wear a hat!
Beautiful views of snowcovered mountains and canyon.

Amazing in winter for hiking in snow. There were also not many cars driving along the road so I had complete quiet most of the time, hearing only the snow crunch under my feet. But I can imagine that in summer, it’s gonna be worse. It’s a really really easy trail; it was nice with all the snow but it’ll be just really a stroll without it.

Snow packed by multi sport winter use so was very runnable and enjoyable without snowshoes. Peter Grubb Hut a fantastic mid-run reward. Highly recommended as a winter trailrun.

Did this last week and it was a very easy snowshoeing trip that provided amazing 360 views!

Not a loop trail. Out and back. The trail gets steep with a lot of loose rock making the climb a bit technical. Otherwise, it was a great workout and provided a fantastic view!

Awesome trail for beginner snowshoers like myself!

greak hike o did in the sumer would be much better in th spring when wild flowers or out

Great little trek through the woods. Easy to follow the snow trail and the hut makes for a great place to stop and chill for a bit.

great views from the top i only came back once but been thete serval times taking different longer rounts

1 month ago

this Trail is pretty much all uphill with a few breaks and not any switchbacks and is out and back ...completed this hike not very many stops in about 3. my recommendation is to bring good traction shoes with trekking poles especially going back down if you reach the top of Castle Peak. A lot of loose Rock. I would definitely go again but with someone who was more adventurous and would be willing to stop to take some pictures. stunning views but be ready for sudden changes in weather especially going in October/ November

1 month ago

Great winter trail for snowshoeing. Incredible views and can get some very deep powder.

one of my favorites

Rocky start, possibly ankle rolling. Very pretty. Pretty easy hike for a moderate but I don’t really know how they grade here! Lots of dogs!! People are nice.

We will be back in spring! Don’t forget your goggles if you go in winter:) great hike for Thanksgiving Day, we brought snow shoes in with us. Great location, well marked, super wide trail :)

1 month ago

got this one knocked out right as it started to snow on November 21. I wish I had known that you are able to drive in the first 1.5 or so miles past the gate. Also checked out Andesite Peak on the way back.

1 month ago

Clearly marked trail next to the lake! Most part of the trail was paved, and there’s a nearby trail that’s accessible to wheelchairs too.

The snow was perfect at the top

2 months ago

This is a pretty easy hike--neither long nor strenuous, and it's beautifully built and maintained. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the top.

amazing artwork, easy terrain. we took kids as young as 3. totally worth it!

2 months ago

Flat, easy trail. spent time playing on open beach, trail pretty well marked. lots of trees, mainly shaded which was cold on day like today. kids and dog never complained. I'd do it again!

2 months ago

We started late not really planning on a hike but could not resist and the weather was great. We took our border collie who loved it. The high point of the hike was seeing a bald eagle! We will be back to complete the loop.

2 months ago

An amazing hike with fantastic views at the summit.

prefect little hike for a couple hours. It was pretty windy and cold at the peak but it was a good view.

2 months ago

Great hike but more like 5.7 miles from parking area. Even longer if you decide to take the detour out and back to Donner Peak from main trail up to Mt. Judah. Beautiful views.

2 months ago

*quite a lot of this trail is on gravel road.
*lots of mountain bikes on trail.
*road noise for a long time on the walk.
*water for the dogs.
*would be nice shade in the hot months.
*lake was nice- people catching fish.

2 months ago

Absolutely wonderful hike. Great fall colors and views of Donner Lake.

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