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Charity Valley Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Charity Valley Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,631 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching


hot springs


wild flowers


over grown

Succulent green meadows rifle with 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 hike drops from subalpine meadow to a sheltered , forested valley, where you can take a dip in the hot springs. Campfire permit required for stove or fire. Grover Hot Springs State Park charges a fee to use the hot springs pools. NOTE: This hike requires a car shuttle if you choose to do it as a point-to-point.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

Friday, July 07, 2017

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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