Ralston Peak Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews
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Ralston Peak Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twin Bridges, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3018 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

washed out

The thigh-burner of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Ralston rewards intrepid day-hikers with stunning mountain overlooks. There are many sights to wonder over as you snake eastward along US-50 towards Lake Tahoe, but Mt. Ralston isn't one of them despite being situated right next to the road. Not that it's unworthy, but simply because the 9,235ft peak is obscured from view. Our Guide traces a long route up the steep flanks of Mt. Ralston and into the Desolation Wilderness, rewarding the intrepid day-hiker with stunning mountain overlooks. Elevation gain: - 2,735ft (from 6,500 - 9,235ft)

4 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Great views. Steep hike, but worth it. Last 1/3 through lots of snow. We kicked some steps, did mini glissades down. Poles or little spikes would have made it easier. Zephyr the Papillon wonder dog made it to the top with ease.

hiking
1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

No real visible trail at the moment so consider this a cross country hike to the peak. Large snow drifts and exposed manzanita groves. Patchy icy snow so microspikes will be your friend. Brought snowshoes but only ended up using them at the very top. Have done this trail in summer and it was great.

1 month ago

2 months ago

View at the top is unbelievable. You might not realize it till you get to the very top. We almost returned after doing 90% of the trail( it was extremely cold and windy in October and the last section seemed like an unstable pile of rocks), but continued after seeing some ppl at the top (I am so grateful to them). It was totally worth it. Most of the trail is unshaded, so carry cap,shades and lots of water in summer and layers,gloves, etc in colder months.

hiking
8 months ago

It's not very scenic hike itself until you get to the peak. Strenuous. I didn't do the loop. I took the trail going straight up. Nice trail for downhill running. It took me 2h15min to the peak, return trip was just over an hour. 6.75miles round trip.

8 months ago

This hike was super steep getting up there, but the view was well worth it. I would recommend hiking poles to alleviate the pain on your knees from coming down. Make sure you wear great hiking socks, otherwise you'll get blisters! But I enjoyed this hike alot. Its a must do!

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Super easy to follow and a great way to spend a day! Here's the full write up and maps/pictures. http://hustzkergies.blogspot.com/2016/08/ralston-peak.html

9 months ago

Great trail, easy to follow and a great workout. Bring lots of water and some food. Parking can be hard, I parked across the street from Camp Sacramento and walked up the dirt road to the trail. The views from the top of the peak are nothing short of spectacular. Bring a light windbreaker for the chill at the top.

fly fishing
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

A little steep and dusty at parts, but the views from the summit are well worth the trek.

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Great trail. Easy to find, well marked along the route, and very well maintained. It's a grind of a climb, but worth it. The views are incredible !! Bring plenty of water, as there are no resources until you hit Lake of the Woods at the 7.5 mile point (if your not just going out n back).

hiking
10 months ago

The views are definitely worth the climb! And don't forget plenty of water.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Very difficult, but well worth the climb. Steep incline and beautiful views.

hiking
11 months ago

Started our hike up Mt Ralston a bit late in the day but no issues finishing, just warm. Well worth the climb as the view from the summit is BEAUTIFUL! As my husband stated the hike up was a ball buster - for me the hike down was an intense workout as well. We highly recommend this hike and we will definitely do it again!!