Andesite Peak Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Spectacular views. Very interesting tree formations just at the timberline -- they are working hard against the downslope drift it appears.

hiking
1 month ago

we hiked up the peak then took the PCT around back to the car. great little loop. Not a lot of water happening right now so if you have dogs being extra water. still wild flowers and beautiful mossy trees.

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3 months ago

Great views! Summited 7/9/17, still quite a bit of snow in the trail but was totally manageable (fun to slide on), muddy from rapidly melting snow on the lower part. Snow covers the trail in patches esp higher up so pay attention or use phone GPS as backup. Beautiful flowers, lovely view of Castle Peak and then another southward view from a turn, gentle climb, but wowzers bring bug repellent, we got nommed by mosquitos!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, amazing views of rolling Sierra granite and Castle peak. Had great views of Lake Van Norden before it was drained.

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

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.

snowshoeing
Saturday, March 26, 2016

snowshoeing
Saturday, January 02, 2016

snowshoeing
Thursday, November 26, 2015

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!

trail running
Sunday, June 07, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, September 05, 2014

Beautiful view of castle peak and view of Sierras. We hiked it with snow on the ground without snow shoes.