Mount Judah Loop Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews

Mount Judah Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the exit to Old Highway #40 east of Donner Ski Ranch. From Hwy. #40 turn onto the road before the Alpine Skills Institute and begin the hike on the Pacific Crest Trail heading south.

hiking
22 hours ago

Did the hike mid-June of 2017 and as others have mentioned there is still quite a bit of snow. This makes finding the trail a fun exercice. The view of the valleys on both sides as you climb up is stunning but the true treasure is the 360 view from the very top. I'd highly recommend planning on stopping up there for lunch to really spend time taking the scenery in. The snowy tops observed from a blossoming summit can keep me going for hours.
The hike is easy and short. Since we couldn't see much of the trail we decided to just go straight up under the sugar bowl chairlifts. Perfect for a one-day/afternoon outing.

hiking
4 days ago

As of June 18, 2017: due to the 160% of normal snowfall of 2016-17, this trail is not (as of date) very passable. Right now, you should take an ice ax and crampons to get across steep sections of snow over the trail. Just 1/4 mile in, you must cross a snowfield that, if you slipped, would slide you fast down and onto a boulder field. Yet, past this, most of the trail is clear and good, until you get up to where it crosses the Sugar Bowl ski area. Then, the snow patches become continuous and often steep, and without GPS, the trail is hard to discern. Very pretty up there. The map route posted here is not adhering to the loop trail, probably due to detours around snow patches. All in all, it would be best to wait a month or more to hike this excellent trail, and follow the trail markings on the map via GPS.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Loved this one! Did it wth our 6 and 8 year old kids. One part was pretty steep drop off but great views!

3 months ago

The hike was 1/2 up hill and 1/2 downhill but the view was so pretty! Perfect for beginners that want to hike high but can't commit to a too many miles.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

5.5 mies with 1220 ft elevation increase. Pretty Moderate to strenuous at times. It is well worth the hike to the top for the gorgeous views of Donner Lake and the area! Portapotty at the trailhead. Bring water. Several dogs on the trail. Great hike!

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Awesome 3 hour hike through the forests with great views. Easily accessible.

8 months ago

Great trail!

8 months ago

Awesome hike!! Take PCT and you where go right or left. The view up top is amazing!!!!

8 months ago

Can't wait to go back when the wildflowers are blooming!

8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Spectacular views and lovely forests. Gives you a great sense of how the transcontinental railroad was put in.

9 months ago

Great hike. Popular trail. I recommend to start early. Great view at the top of mt Judah.