Mt. Ralston Peak Trail, South Lake Tahoe

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  • Permit box has been removed because of covid-19 so we just went ahead. Good training hike for Half Dome in Yosemite and Mt. Whitney due to the elevation and ascent. There's another slightly longer.....  more
    Permit box has been removed because of covid-19 so we just went ahead. Good training hike for Half Dome in Yosemite and Mt. Whitney due to the elevation and ascent. There's another slightly longer.....  more »
  • Beautiful view at the top of Tahoe and several other lakes surrounding the area. This trail is hard. 
    Beautiful view at the top of Tahoe and several other lakes surrounding the area. This trail is hard.  more »
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  • Wonderful but challenging hike to the top (~9200 feet at top, 2,800 feet elevation gain). Hike felt much more strenuous due to the first mile being relatively low grade which made for some pretty steep sections as we made our way up the hill. Also some sandy/ashy/tacky places made footing less sturdy. I made it to summit in about 1 hour 40 minutes but various others in our group took 2+ hours to summit so this is definitely difficult hike. Bring lots of water and sun protection. Unfortunately the first 2 miles were thru the Camp Fire burn scar so not only was it depressing to hike thru, there is very limited shade on warm days. Views from the top are spectacular, can see many of the alpine lakes and a beautiful view of Tahoe which made up for the first two miles or so!
  • Fantastic hike, tough, but the views are well worth it. A good introduction to the Desolation Wikderness!

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