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hiking
1 month ago

Tricky to find road in to trailhead. Turn right 1.6 miles from 88/89 intersection heading north. If coming from South Lake Tahoe go about one mile past Luther pass and look to the left for a dirt road. There is a stop sign on the road. Follow the road back 4.3 miles to a parking area. The road is rough. Nothing is marked at the trailhead. The trail starts as a blocked dirt road and becomes single track. Great views of the east valley and Lake Tahoe at the summit. Big climb 2.2 miles. One and a half hours up and one hour down.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Wonderful views of the Carson Valley. Was pretty windy. no shade but good fall hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was amazing!!! Got caught up there after dark though, no moon. If it wasn’t for my canine we probably would have taken a lot longer to get back to the trailhead. His eyes were far better than ours lol. I’ve done this trail several times over now, and I don’t know why people keep saying there’s no shade. There’s pinyon pines and junipers everywhere! This is NOT an open desert trail. It’s pretty open but saying there’s no shade is a huge stretch.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

We took fish springs road all the way to Dayton. It was a moderate trip when we were headed towards Como. The actual trail Fish springs to Sunrise pass was really easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views from the top. We had to drive up hwy 88 to 89. A truck or suv is highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

10k+ bucket list peak checked off! Fantastic views of the carson valley and part of Lake Tahoe. The trail is steep 95% of the hike so be ready for that. Dirt road is passable in cars if you are paying attention. Views make it all worth while!

hiking
3 months ago

First off, I WOULD have given this trail 2 stars, but the road is so terrible that I took one off. It’s the same road to get to Freel (but you stay on it longer), but at least with Freel you are out on the trail for a good chunk of mileage. Given that the Job’s Peak trail is just under 4.5, the drive is really not worth it. 4x4 is not a must, but good vehicle clearance is important - so many sharp rocks and potholes! I have hiked many, if not most, of the trails in the Tahoe basin and this one just doesn’t measure up for me. Views on the way to the peak are nonexistent as anything that would be nice to see is obscured by trees and Job’s Sister. Once you reach the top, all you can see is pockets of Lake Tahoe, Job’s Sister/Freel, and the Carson Valley. The valley is nice, but there are better hikes if you want that view. Finally, and most importantly, this hike is seriously mis-categorized. Most people would agree that it is a difficult hike, not moderate. It is extremely steep, rocky, and sandy. It might be short, but the majority of the trail just goes straight up: take a look at the distance vs elevation gain. I also noticed that AllTrails lists “kid friendly” (no way) and “wildflowers” (there are no areas of grass, meadows, or water sources - so nope) in their description. I took my five year old today since he is an experienced hiker, but for most children this trail is definitely outside their comfort zone. Final verdict: almost any peak in the area is better than this one... so unless Jobs is on your bucket list, I’d look elsewhere.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Much harder than I expected though. The trail is really steep with a lot of sandy spots which makes it fun coming down but difficult going up. The views when you get to the top are as awesome as you would expect with four almost completely different focal points. The road to this trail though almost makes the hike not worth it and the reason I gave it 4 stars. It’s very narrow and extremely rough. Desert pinstripes are a very likely possibility.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Views at the summit are incredible! Hike is pretty steep but not too bad. Trail marked by rocks only no signage but easy to follow. Worth it!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

This is not a spectacular hike or view but, it leads to the Carson River which has some decent fishing spots. There is also opportunity to hike along the river and rock climb up the cliff. Not steady, lots of climbing, narrow paths along the river. The area itself is a variety of flat valley, rough terrain for 4x4 and paths leading to the river. its versatile. Kids ok, teenagers be aware, mine get too ambitious with the climbing and come home sprained. Bathroom facilities towards the day use along the river off of horseshoe bend.

hiking
4 months ago

Take Willow Creek Road to the bitter end... takes 20+ minutes driving 4x4 Tahoe. Vehicle clearance can be an issue. Do not take your Prius. ha! That being said you will pass one area of parked cars right after a stream crossing: that trail goes up Freel Peak. So keep driving to end for Job’s Peak trail head. OKAY... personally This trail should be marked hard. It’s basically straight up -mellows out a little at the very top -and straight down. There are no switchbacks. If your hips and knees can handle straight down go for it. I’ve done a lot of hiking and this is probably my least favorite trail, but the views are amazing once you’re at the top, you see the valley 75% and Tahoe 25%... I have also hiked the other trail which is the first parking lot you come to. If it’s your first time in the area I recommend Freel Peak. There are switch backs and the view is better. Then you can always do one more mile to Job’s Sister and get your valley view. Many people do all 3 in a day. Happy Trails!

hiking
bugs
rocky
snow
4 months ago

First getting to the road to get to the trail. You need to be on 89 near (2 miles maybe) from the 88 junction its by the bend you will see a stop sign off to the right if coming from 88. That is the turn go up the steep crap for a ways someone said 20mins of off road yeah it about that 7 inches of ground clearance on your vehicle is recommended awd or 4x4 helps but not necessary. now the trail its a Gauntlet of torture from Medieval Times. Its up the whole way and when you think you might have made it nope its the peak so keep going you find the mail box and solar tower you made it. also my gps info (not super accurate but close for what it is. it says it a 8 mile out and back and think it includes elevation gain and other information about 62 floors climbed. We saw a group with a 9 yr old maybe but I am not sure its a good hike for kids its steep the whole way is why but if they can handle it cool. The trail gets hard to see at some points towards the top we tried marking as often as we could. basically once the trail mellows out keep going past the big rock and you will see the peak a mile out that is where you are going. i am a fat guy that likes cheese burgers and i made it in 4 hours out and back. took 2.6 liters of water and left trail mix in the Box for the next person if you got the Yosemite mix it was me. definitely a fun hike it was cool to see all the ice slush snow. this would definitely train you for going up half dome in Yosemite if you were curious. the elevation of Lone is work on your body. if you want to have a visual explanation of what this hike is like go get on a stair master go up it for 4.4 miles but as you go up put a mask on to reduce the amount of oxygen you get cuz that's basically exactly what happens and then don't forget to go down the hill so that's another four miles down. I hope everyone enjoys this hike I probably will never do it again or maybe I will I don't know.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Easy but fun trail! Can do in 35- an hour depending on your level!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
6 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a nice short workout or beginners just getting into biking. It’s very easy and you can go both ways on the loop although I recommend going right.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike, beautiful view and very well maintained!

hiking
muddy
no shade
8 months ago

Beautifully designed single track that is flowing and nicely maintained. I cannot wait to spend a day looping it on my bike. Views of the eastern Sierra are great as well as a valley on the eastern traverse. most of the upper loop is varying traverse and looks as though counter clockwise might yield the most DH. Very easy gradual climbing throughout.

mountain biking
no shade
8 months ago

on Pinyon Trail

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

on Pinyon Trail

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

on Pinyon Trail

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

on Pinyon Trail

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great trail for winter hiking! Some sections of the trail had patches of packed snow, and there were many areas of mud to avoid. However, that is to be expected and is worth it in order to enjoy a hike in December. The views of the Carson Range were spectacular. I cannot agree with the rating of moderate for this trail, as there is not a single strenuous or technical stretch. We did it today with my four year old who did not require any help from the adults in our group. Looking forward to doing this one again!

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