Explore the most popular trail running trails near Soda Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Castle Peak Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike with amazing views.

Things to know: Take bug spray. You’ll be happy to have it in the first mile or so, before you get into fast elevation grades. Obviously, you need
water, glasses, and suntan lotion. I don’t like poles, but I’d think most people do.

The hike is 3.0-3.1 miles to the top. After the first 1.5 miles it gets much steeper with incline grades of 30-60 percent. Those don’t relent for almost the entire way to the top. At the top you have to do some very minor rock climbing to get to the top. Amazing views and feeling of accomplishment.

For those who are in very good shape it’s probably not that big of a deal. For the weekend warrior it’s a great workout but it’s not going to be easy, but you can do it!

Also, anyone who takes a 4 year old on this trail is irresponsible in my opinion. It’s way too steep to think taking a small child on the last mile
of this trial is a good idea.

Amazing hike! Starts off fairly mundane...but then steps it up and is very challenging but worth the pay off at the end!

Trail starts at Boreal trail head. Signs explain a few features (e.g.erratics). I recommend the left hand turn, clockwise loop so that you circle past the three lakes on the return leg. The crossover trail to Angela lake—I did not find it. At the granite cave shelter at the top of the ridge, that is where you turn right, rather than taking the trail that leads down to Donner pass road. Just head in the direction of Lake Angela. Very pretty wildflowers all over. Lakes are each pretty and good for swimming.

Great hike as advertised. Lots of wild flowers and spectacular views.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy trail to the base of the mountain, but a bit of a scramble to the summit. Worth it for the views

hiking
18 days ago

This hike was awesome. Easy enough for a beginner but with some climbing and challenges. The view 3/4 way up is totally worth it, and right now in June there are wild flowers in bloom and green meadows all over! So beautiful. a fair warning, this trail head was hard for me to find as it's not clearly marked; head towards the PCT; then when you are close to the freeway, just before you reach a sudden meadow of beautiful light green brush on the left, instead of continuing onto the trail as it feels like you're meant to, turn left and hop over the little creek that's there, and you'll see the trail that will take you north under the freeway. It took me three passes to even notice it--albeit I'm a noob, I ended up pretty far south on the PCT before realizing I was walking away from summit lake! Doesn't matter as it's all so beautiful, made a lovely and unexpected 8 mile hike instead! Would love to add the glacier meadow loop next time. Also, if hiking after 4 pm, if you are prone to mosquitos take precautions!! *scritch scritch*

Fun and challenging hike! The trailhead is located right off of I-80. Plenty of street parking. I would recommend trekking poles as the downhill descent is steep with loose rocks. Lots of interesting rock formations with spectacular views. Dog friendly!

Lovely trail with our nature lover dog. Wildflowers were in abundance. We had a nice swim as did the dog, with few people around. You can hear a slight bit of highway traffic noise. But considering the proximity, it’s a wonderful spot to hike to. Obviously, lots of options to diverge from this loop.

Fun trail, with gradual incline. Fun to run but in certain parts be careful of rocks / snow. Great views at Castle Rock Peak.

hiking
25 days ago

This was a super fun and easy trail! We went early in the morning and it was very chilly at the top, so definitely prepare for that. At the top, you can see two ridge lines; make sure you descent to the correct ridge line it’s easy to get them mixed up! There was a little bit of snow but it was mostly melted.

There was a nice view at the top and there were lots of cool rocks and things to see all the way up. I definitely would recommend this hike! It’s a great trail for if you don’t want to drive all the way to Tahoe but want to do some good hiking!

Hiked 6/20/18 with my 9 & 4 year old. At the bottom mosquitos were out, but disappeared after leaving the road and starting on the trail. Wish I had brought bug spray though. Poles would definitely have helped toward the top! Windy at summit but great views. Took us 4 hours with the kids but without them could have been much faster!

on Castle Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. There is a little bit of snow left and the wildflowers are still in bloom as you aapproach the summit. Poles may be helpful as you get to the top due to the loose gravel. Super windy at the top of the peak in the mornings; however, the views are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed on 6/9/18. Trail has decent amount of water running down from the last bit of snow melt. At the second parking area ~1mi in, there’s packed snow on the trail for 1/3-1/2 mi. Pretty much clear to the summit after that.

hiking
1 month ago

6/16/18 Got to the trailhead around 8 and there were only a few other cars on a Saturday morning. More by the time we left but not crowded. Still patches of snow on the ground in some parts but nothing major. About 3 hours round trip with a stop at the summit to make coffee and eat a snack. Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an amazing hike! Perfect for intermediate and beginners. Lake was beautiful, lots of awesome rocks and colorful flowers. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

such a nice hike. great hike for the dog and the lake was amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Still a good bit of snow in some parts. Make sure your boots are water proof and prepare your quads for a good work out on the last mile of the ascent to the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, lots of signs. We took our 3 year old and he had a blast too.

on Summit Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Easy out n back

Yessssum ammoooozing hike yezzz

hiking
1 month ago

classic Donner hike with a couple challenges, some steap ones though. amazing view from the East tower which is the true summit and maintains the hardware to prove it. pretty busy hike on the weekends is the only downside.

Still a bit of water, the tunnel is filled with 2-3” so start from the west direction rest stop maybe. So didn’t go past that part. The main trailhead has some litter issues all the way up to where it goes behind the rest stop, maybe from families using this as a snow day spot as evident by all the plastic and coffee cups etc. It is everywhere and people should be ashamed really. Take a few pieces on your way out if you have a chance.

Sadly completely covered in snow. Looks like a great trail... will check back in a month or so.

2 months ago

App keeps closing on me, the activity is snowshoeing, I went in shoes that vented and my socks were wet. There is still a lot of snow up there. There are trails on the snow made by snow motor vehicle that you can't really miss. It's really peaceful and beautiful up on the peak where you can see mountain ranges in 360°. It was cloudy so it for chilly for me. Would definitely go again when the snow melts!

2 months ago

Hiked up the peak yesterday. The snow was well packed, needed snowshoes only on our way back. Great hike and wonderful views!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Nice hike on a packed snow trail. Went to the ridge for nice views of Castle Rock, wasn't clear if the full loop would go thru, given the snow, which was light for the time of year. We did it in hiking boots without problems, but most were using snowshoes or back country skis.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Had a great sunny day today. Snowshoes the entire trip. I will be doing this again.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Great hike, dogs loved it. Views we’re stellar! Snow was perfect for snowshoeing.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

First part of the trail was packed down and snow shoes weren’t even necessary, but when I turned off to head across the valley it was completely untracked! Follow the blue diamonds to stay on the trail. FYI there were a couple tricky stream crossings with steep snow banks

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