Ralston Lake via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Ralston Lake via Pacific Crest Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 961 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no shade

hiking
9 days ago

Very lovely trail- first several miles are fairly flat and then it gets a moderate grade. This is the same trail head as a trail in this app called Echo Lakes Trail. Went first weekend of November 2019 and it was fully accessible by car with no snow- got really warm and sunny by mid day.

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rocky
19 days ago

Great views - they rate a 5. We hiked it on a Saturday and it was very crowded, That is the only reason I give this hike a four. Fun to do and pretty easy. Views were spectacular. We ended up doing an extra 1/2 mile at the end to a nice small lake and had lunch on a big rock. Worth the extra mile in total for the great view.

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rocky
1 month ago

Fun, scenic hike with amazing lake views. Biggest downside was lack of trails around Ralston and Tamarack Lakes, which led to a lot of off- trail. Otherwise everything on the PCT is in great shape. Never huge elevation gains which makes the distance reasonable.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike... not to hard, lol rocky but so beautiful. Take the extra time to hike to Ralston Lake. It's only like 10 mins to the left of Tamarac.

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rocky
1 month ago

Really beautiful area, did a small backpacking trip there and was originally going to tamarack lake but only a few more yards away was a more secluded area. Had the whole lake to ourselves! Fun to walk around the small area and explore plus a fun lake to jump into! The whole trail to the lake is beautiful too with echo lakes to your left pretty much half the time! Be careful, the trail is rocky.

backpacking
Sat Jul 14 2018

Very kid friendly hike to a beautiful destination. Excellent way to bring the young ones out with their own backpacks as the hike is fairly short. Reduce the distance by taking the water taxi from Echo Lake Chalet and enjoy the 2 mile hike in. Incredible views and great camp sites options. At the end of the trip, hike the whole trail back to the Echo trail head as the backpacks will be lighter and trail is mostly downhill.

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