Andesite Peak Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
What a nice hike. The snow was soft enough and thin enough that we did not need snowshoes. Many different open vistas with beautiful views. The sprint to the top of the mountain is really manageable in the soft snow. This is a fun, pretty easy, beautiful hike.
Great hike! Note that this is along the hole in the ground trail- once you break the tree line, you'll take a sharp left to continue to andesite peak. You'll have to scramble up to the top, but it's nothing difficult: class 2 at the most. Beautiful views of the sierras and castle peak, you can also see the boreal ski lifts.
It's also off leash dog friendly, and the trail is shared with mountain bikes. Can't wait to try this as a snowshoe!
Also note: most people park at the end of the paved road, but if you have a high clearance vehicle, you can drive about 1 mile up to the actual hole in the ground trailhead. There's room for 2 cars at the trailhead but some pullouts on the left leading up to the trailhead for more cars.
Did the loop up to Andesite then across Ridge, very windy on the ridge, all our bundling up was for this section but very worth it! Christmas day 2014 there were a lot of cars to find parking but quiet on the hike. Beautiful area and views!
The highlight of this trail is the view of Castle Peak. This can be combined on a longer hike or run from Castle Pass and down the Hole in the Ground trail back to the Castle Valley road. It's a fun non-technical trail to run.
Beautiful view of castle peak and view of Sierras. We hiked it with snow on the ground without snow shoes.