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Mount Judah Loop Trail

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Tahoe National Forest

Mount Judah Loop Trail is a 4.8 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: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,220 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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
icy
rocky
snow
55 minutes ago

Could not finish the hike as the trails were completely covered in snow making it hard to find the trail. You’re basically snow shoeing. This is rated as moderate but it should be hard. The first part is lose rocks and there’s two parts at the beginning that have lose rocks covered in snow, that are very narrow and on the side of the mountain making it quiet scary to pass. Definitely recommend some poles.

hiking
icy
snow
2 days ago

Trailhead is very muddy up to the switchbacks. Lowers switchbacks are still covered in hard snow and the upper switchbacks are basically a stream. That’s about as far as we got because we had two young kids with us. It’s definitely doable, micro spikes and trekking poles will help greatly.

hiking
2 days ago

Still fairly iced out, avoid if with baby on back.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Teton Way Trail to peak near Glacier Way

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is very tranquil. The nature is outstanding, and the view from the summit is inspiring. The rocky area at the summit is really fun and, through near climbing/scrambling (grade 3) you can reach a spectacular view to take a break and enjoy the moment. Be careful on the rock outcropping though! I rock-climb, and there are some spots that are technically challenging and could be very dangerous if you walk blindly into them. I completed this hike most recently in September, so it’s been a while, but I would likely avoid this area in the snow. I definitely want to return soon!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Completed with 2 friends and 2 doggos 1/20/20... was pretty but mostly flat. Did not take the trail as planned due to deep powder (snowshoes were sinking).

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Beautiful easy trail, but DEF bring snow shoes. Don’t do it in blundstones....

hiking
4 months ago

great snowshoeing!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trail offers many great views throughout the hike. It has some areas of difficulty at the beginning and again when you come back down but completely worth it. A must do for sure!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Snow shoed up towards the peak about a mile. Parked in the summit haus lot. Didn’t follow the exact trail on the uphills because it was hard to follow in all the snow but had a blast following along other’s tracks and making our own. Saw a handful skiers, dogs, other snowshoers. Lots of fun sledding opportunities... bringing a sled next time!

hiking
scramble
snow
5 months ago

rocky
6 months ago

Great hike. Well groomed trails. Signs are clear (a tad faded but readable). Does not matter if you go left or right at the fork (hard to explain). This is a loop so you will end up the top of Judah and you'll see different views either way. I would rate as 'moderate'. There are some techical aspects right off the start (loose rocks, high steps, etc.) so if you have knee or hip issues, probably not a good place to hike. Also take poles...they help a lot with the high steps and rocks. Overall, it's a beautiful hike (Mary Lake is stunning as is Donner). Enjoy...Happy Trails

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for a moderate hike. Rocky incline and a mile into where the trail starts making this a 5.4 mile hike not 3.4 as stated. I’m in good shape and it was definitely a workout.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, if you’re slightly out of shape as I am, I would have rated it a moderate to hard hike. The trail gets skinny and dry around the top of the mountain. Great views. Took me a little over 3 hours and I was a bit sore the next day. Would totally do it again! The only issue is, theres barely any signs so I had to backtrack to get back on the right trail near the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Not difficult at all. Got on the trail at about 8:45 and not very many people. By the time we did the loop and were walking back to the trailhead, a lot more people. Would recommend getting there earlier to avoid the crowds.

hiking
6 months ago

great, quick, morning hike. beautiful views and excellent weather.

hiking
6 months ago

Relatively easy hike (still a good workout) with beautiful views of Donner Lake. Perfect day trip

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Nice hike pretty views It can get a bit dicey walking around the top as the trail gets skinny on the edges and it is dry and sandy. This creates slick conditions. I suggest wearing a good pair of hiking shoes

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful end of October scenic hike!

hiking
7 months ago

About 2 hrs, 45 mins total. I think it should be considered a “hard moderate” instead of a simple “moderate”. 7 or 7.5 out of 10 in terms of difficulty.

hiking
7 months ago

Its a lit trail

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

A beautiful trail with lots of Incline, very rocky especially in the beginning . Lots of shade. Beautiful views... Just wish people had better dog etiquette! Not all dogs want to socialize with your dog! Especially if i clearly avoid you by leashing my dog and stepping off of the trail and you still allow your dog to approach, frustrating.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

We did this loop in reverse, to conserve energy to also summit Donner's Peak. Such a fun hike with great views from the top. Easy as far as summits are concerned for sure. Start of trail is very rocky switchbacks which may be the hardest part. Do Donner's Peak as an extra bonus and you won't regret it.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful trail. Amazing views, lots of trees, varied terrain. Highly recommended.

hiking
rocky
snow
7 months ago

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