Ralston Peak Trail

MODERATE 79 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)

hiking
10 minutes ago

Took a group of 12 on a Saturday, and the hike exceeded my expectations. Not crowded at all and the views were absolutely stunning, you could see the entirety of Desolation Wilderness. Definitely steep and it's like a stair master all the way up. But because of the minimal mileage to the top, I'd agree it's moderate. We lost the trail a bit while on the loop because of the snow, but eventually found it again. Bring extra water!

hiking
1 day ago

First significant hike, went solo at dawn. Beautiful, peaceful, difficult in places, well worth it. When you get to the split go left for slow longer and gradual rise, go right for much quicker but much steeper ascent.

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1 day ago

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2 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Definitely a thigh burner. Went out with a group of 7 ladies. We all made it to the top, knowing the view would be worth. Gorgeous up top and lost of butterflies flying around us. Loved this one, and my favorite hike so far. Will do this again. This says it a "moderate" hike, we all agree it's more advanced. The sign at Ralston Peak trail head, said it was "difficult"

hiking
9 days ago

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10 days ago

14 days ago

Loved it! Very beautiful views. Still a little snow so make sure to follow trail carefully. Log boxes when you get to the top. Found a beautiful rubber boa on our way down.

15 days ago

Great hike, there are parts that are pretty brutal, an upward climb for sure. Beautiful view at the top, alpine lakes all over. Peak after peak can be seen from a relaxing rest on the flat top rocks. Do the hike, pack more water then you thought and enjoy the cool breeze at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

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16 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Starts out simple then it gets gravely and rocky in sections and steep, poles a good idea. You will definitely get a workout on this one! Currently few patches of snow near the top concealing the trail but otherwise clear. Awesome 360 degree view at the top. Lots of snow to the north still covering the various alpine lakes. Don't forget to look for the green military box to sign in.

hiking
23 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months 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.

2 months ago

3 months ago