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Point Mariah and Sterling's Canyon Trail

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Tahoe National Forest

Point Mariah and Sterling's Canyon Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Getting There

Great trail at the Royal Gorge Ski Area in Soda Springs, Ca. The trail is managed by the Tahoe Donner Land Trust. It's a pretty short trail and not too much incline. The most challenging aspect is the elevation if you're not used to it. The best part of this trail is the view at Point Mariah. It's amazing- to the east is the Sierra crest, and to the west is the North Fork of the North Fork of the American River and Snow Mountain. It's incredible, and the wildflowers along the way are great, too! During the winter you can cross country ski here. Highly recommend this trail, it's a great one!

Directions from Sacramento: Take I-80 east towards Reno and get off on the Soda Springs/Norden exit. Make a right onto Donner Pass Rd/Highway 40. Make a right on Soda Springs Road. Drive until you see a small "trail" sign on the right- there's a small dirt road that leads to the trailhead. From the trailhead, hike straight past the kiosk and rocks at the end of the parking area. In about a hundred yards, you will be on the dirt section of Soda Springs Rd. About a quarter mile down Soda Springs Road you’ll see a brown locked gate- go around the right side of the gate where some rough steps have been cut into the embankment and continue down to the bridge across Serena Creek. About 1.5 miles in there's a small warming hut to the right and the trail forks- take the left trail to Point Mariah.

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Loan Nguyen
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Hiking

Love this trail! Easy, pretty wildflowers, the swing at the end with the beautiful view is pretty awesome!

Fantasia Rodriguez
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Hiking

This was an easy hike up to the point and swing. The view was beautiful and there were plenty of trees to look at. I’d recommend bringing a hat because not all parts are shaded. I’d come again because the hike was easy enough for the views.

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Camila Rivero
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Hiking

So hard

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Marisa Wilson
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Hiking

We’ve done it four times this month already. Fun to take people to swing. Views are great. We hiked with ages ranging 70 to 7. It’s getting hotter so best to start early. Today we ran into a rattlesnake on the way down on the trail. The rattlesnakes have been getting to higher elevation so just be aware.

Alicia Ferrer
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Bugs

I wanted to love this trail but we encountered and got bitten by lots of mosquitoes ugh

Christiana Turner
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Ending of the trail is absolutely magical and a great picnic spot. Lots of other trails which fork off to explore and can offer more of a challenge... was easy to spend the whole day here :)

Ann Kuhns
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HikingBugs

We really enjoyed this hike. Trail was well-maintained. Even on a Saturday it was not that crowded. We came across maybe 5 families and three mountain bikers. There were still wildflowers and lots of shade in the late afternoon. We took it slow, as this was our first high altitude hike of the year. But payoff at the end. Not just the swing. The view is spectacular.

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Helen Douglas
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Walking

Easy hike with spectacular views on the way and at the end. There's a bench about a mile in that's a great place to rest and take in the views. And the swing at the end is awesome. Lots of families with young children, dogs and mountain bikers. Plenty of room to share the trail.

Rachel Lucas
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Hiking

Dog-friendly trail, lots of gradual hills, and plenty of parking (but not designated at the trail head). There's a bench about 1 mile in to take in the view and a swing at the end which is awesome!

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Jam Gascon
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Hiking

I really enjoyed the hike. I came in on a wednesday morning and I practically had the place to myself ~ the swing made it extremely fun for me!!! Would go back again and possibly bring a friend or two!

Kayla Moxley
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Hiking

New favorite trail. Spectacular views. What a treat!

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Amanda M.
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Hiking

Did this hike in May, there was definitely a lot of snow still left to navigate which combined with the elevation made what would normally be a moderate hike a little more tough! The swing is amazing!!! Overall the hike is perfect and the views at the swing are breathtaking. Highly recommend for all ages and physical fitness levels, worth it!!

Alicia Anderson
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful!! Lots of other little areas to explore.. plenty of shade and the wild flowers are starting to bloom. The swing is..incredible.. the joy it brought I cannot explain. Will definitely go back!

Erik Dworzan
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, plenty of shade in the early hours. Still some snow to navigate around but nothing to hinder this wonderful hike. Checked out Hellmans Hut and took part of the Royal Gorge Rim trail on the way back. The view from Mariahs Point at the end is spectacular and the swing is an awesome added bonus!

Vince Ruffino
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Brittany Howard
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Eric P.
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Hiking

Really nice hike, still a little snow. Great view at the overlook and what a fun swing!

Marisa Stubbs
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Good trail - didn’t make it to the top but pretty. Lots of snow still so get ready to trudge or bring snow shoes!

Holly Potts
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Hiking

Beautiful and well traveled trail. I will do it again.

Chibi Techu
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Hiking

Don't let Instagram find out about that swing at the top of the peak. That is one of the most incredible feelings swinging into the valley... and one of the most Instagrammable shots we've seen in a while.

Julie S
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Hiking

Well maintained trails, beautiful flowers and butterflies, and good shade coverage for most of the way. There’s a nice swing at the overlook as well.

Ryan M
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Hiking

Great walk through the forest and varied terrain. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies. Outstanding overlook.

Anne Frisbie
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Hiking

Shade with some sun Easy trail Not overgrown Great view especially at end at Point Mariah Family friendly Saw a few bikers and hikers on July 4 but not too many No snow No streams to hike through

N Lettis
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Hiking

Nice shady walk with numerous flowers and birds, extremely well sign-posted. I loved the view from Point Mariah. While sitting there we saw a mountain lion a couple of hundred yards away down the ridge.

Tiffany Swanson
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Excellent hike with lots of wildflowers. Some snow at beginning of hike but it clears and is firm dirt most of the way. Lots of shade, with clear directions of where to go . Trail has up’s and down’s and at the top there’s a fun surprise!

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KiMi Z.
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beautiful hike! started around 9:30am and had snow on the trail that was slushy for the first 1/3 of a mile and then it was just normal trail dirt. awesome hike and not crowded at all.

Kim Pierce
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Hiking

Great easy hike out to Point Mariah and back. Only negative thing was all the gun fire we could hear in the distance. Sounded like target practice but no ranges nearby so not sure what was going on. Definitely heard machine gun fire too so not the quiet peaceful hike we had hoped for.

Todd Freitas
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Hiking

Great weather for October 29th. The hike is easy on Royal Gorge trails mostly. The view at point Mariah is amazing.

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