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We are new to hiking and in our 50’s-60, so this is for newbies like us. Loved the views and weather was perfect in October. We actually walked the path counter-clockwise, not knowing how this app really works, and just realized, late, that the path direction is on the app. Heading down the peek of Mt. Judah Trail back to Pacific Crest was slippery and steep, the trail was hard to recognize. Now that I see we should have ascended that way, it makes some sense. We’re learning and love adventure.

The first 2 miles could be challenging for people who have knees problems because the trail was steep and could be slippery. We hike relatively slow with our dogs and it took us about 3.5 hours round trip.

Great hike!

Liked this hike, good distance, lots to see. Didn’t enjoy the part of the walk that was on pavement.

walking
6 days ago

Very crowded and when I hike I like to get away from people. I’ve lived in Truckee since ‘91 and have never done this trail as I had heard it was too busy. Rocky parts and uphill but not a difficult hike. Beautiful views! 2 hours and 12 minutes to do entire loop.

hiking
7 days ago

*There are some lengthy steep and rocky parts of the trail
*Great workout
*No water sources so bring plenty of water for dogs
*A lot of exposed/unshaded areas of the trail
*Took about 3.5 hours to complete the entire loop with several breaks
*Well signed trail; hard to get lost
*Nice views (lake, summit, trees, etc.)

Easy to find. Trails were nice -- amazing view and I nice place to take a walk to.

Great! Especially hitting it just right for wildflowers! Views are magnificent. Good workout.

Nice and easy.

walking
12 days ago

Great trail for dogs - some uphill elevation climbs but mostly flat. Beautiful alpine forest and meadows. Freeway noise drops off after the first mile when the trail changes direction.

on Mount Judah Loop Trail

16 days ago

Beautiful! Amazing views. Great hike with older kids.

A beautiful October hike, with saturated colors, cool temperatures, and no other hikers. Although a relatively short hike, the climb provides good exercise if done at a brisk pace.

I just did it in the rain! It was great not to have the dust.

Beautiful! Good workout. Fall colors beginning and great views.

great easy hike. went end of September. beautiful views. you walk past where the Donner party wintered. Makes you think

hiking
22 days ago

Stunning panoramic views almost throughout. Super quick and easy trail, great for kids or beginners. Easy to find and easy parking. Loved this little hike, will go back.

beautiful views and amazing trail.

Pleasant beautiful loop, definitely go out to Donner point.

walking
1 month ago

We walked this trail in mid Sept so we almost had the trail to ourselves. It’s definitely a glorified “park” trail, but it was still very nice. Mostly wooded with a few open spots and all flat. There are restrooms and benches along the entire trail. I’m sure if we had walked this during the crowded months, it would have a different feel. Good for walking your dog and getting some exercise but if your looking to do a mountain trail hike, this isn’t it :)

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike

1 month ago

Amazing views!

Loved it. Beautiful views. It’s a good work out for those that want to push it. Or you could take it easy and enjoy the scenery.

Took my daughter and I and we completed it in two hours. We ran the whole way back..

There were only a few other hikers in the area.

*popular hike....lots of folks here.
*easy hike....not well signed though...
*beautiful views, very pleasant ...some shade.
* bring enough water- there isnt any here.

Loved it!!! Great day hike!

Walked with 3 kids (7, 6 and 3) 3 year old in ergo. Definitely dusty so plan on cleaning feet afterward! The view was worth the whining on the way up - the kids even agreed and were in much better spirits on the way back

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Spectacular view of the lake!

Wow it was definitely 4 out of 5 stars

Great trail with outstanding views of lakes

mountain biking
2 months ago

I'm a beginner at mountain bike riding but this was really fun. Make sure you go clockwise on the loop, so you hit all the fun parts as you are going downhill on the mountain bike track.

This is a phenomenal trail in the summer. I highly suggest 4x4/AWD (if your vehicle has the clearance). Driving back to the base of the hike cuts off so much extra uphill at the beginning. As it is you will be ascending quite steeply to get to Castle Peak initially anyway, so I suggest saving your legs/energy.

It is a VERY dusty trail when its dry with some loose rocks as well upon your final ascent. Be wary! I took my trekking poles and these helped a lot! I Highly recommend this hike, but don't be fooled, it is pretty difficult and not for the faint of heart. ;)

I have a full account with links to my alltrails maps via my website http://www.ryandemasters.com/ where I talk in detail of my experiences on this hike among others.

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