Charity Valley Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.3 miElevation gain2,631 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This trail is plentiful with succulent-green meadows of wildflowers, brilliant autumnal displays of yellow leaves, dark red-hued mountains patched with white snow, and typically blue skies provide the Carson River drainage with some of the Sierra's most colorful hikes. This trail drops from subalpine meadow to a sheltered, forested valley, where users can take a dip in the hot springs. Campfire permits required for stove or fire. Grover Hot Springs State Park charges a fee to use the hot springs pools.

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Nathan H
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West end is now private property and trail head signs have been replaced with warnings about trespassing.

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Jennifer Celio
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Tom Quinlan
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Nice trail but if you start at the East trailhead it can be more work than starting at the lakes end. Also note that “moderate” at 6-8000 feet is not the same as “moderate” in the SF Bay Area especially if you are over 55 years young.

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Connor Mason
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Tanya Topper
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I started this trail at the west trailhead off of blue lakes road in Hope Valley. I usually check out trails on foot before I bring the horses but this time was an exception and we ended up having to turn around after about 3.5 miles. Unless you have horses experienced with LARGE granite hopping (3ft) this trail is NOT for horses. That being said, it’s one of the prettiest trails I’ve been on outside of Yosemite.

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Mark Schwartz
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Thanks to the Alpine Trails Association, the trail is good to go from end to end. I hiked it in July from Blue Lakes to Grover and it was amazing. Some hard stuff midway but do-able. While the trail does start on private land it is not closed. Look for the rock cairn 6.2 miles from Blue Lakes Rd. & Hwy 88. There’s a small parking lot across from it. Enjoy the liIlly pond, old growth trees and other unique features of this amazing trail. One option if you can is to drop a car at Grover, drive another up and do the trail from Blue Lakes DOWN to Grover. Still challenging but much easier.. ;-)

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Leslie Schaaf
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It is a beautiful trail, but the Forest Service has closed the Charity Valley Trailhead because the trail crosses private land. The trail now can only be used from the Grover Hot Springs- East Side Entry. Also, the middle of the trail gets little maintenance and disappears occasionally, requiring some route fining

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Terry Cuyler
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I did this last year from the Blue Lakes Road Trailhead. It is beautiful and looks like Yosemite. It is almost all down hill - with switchbacks. My over 65 knees welcomed the hot springs when finished but it was well worth it. May still have some damage from heavy winter in early July 17

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Family Miranda
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Carrie Shields
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Jim Link
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Jane Robertson
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Ed Brand
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Brit Cockshott
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Larry Werner
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Jim Marsh
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Lurana Cancilla
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