Ralston Peak via Hwy 50
3 reviews Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit #10 hike out of 62 in
1 hrs 5 min
This is a difficult one way trail to Ralston Peak in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
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I’ve been on this trail quite a few times over the years. But this is my first hike on this trail in over two years. And it is DEFINITELY a nice one that brings me back. As well, it is a fairly challenging trail. This makes it good training for other climbs elsewhere (think Shasta and Whitney), as well as a good hike for general fitness. One thing I DID notice this go-around is that some work has been done on some sections of this trail since my last hike here. Specifically, steps have been made at some of the steeper sections. This helps to make the descent a whole lot less treacherous. As of May 25, there is still snow on the ground for around the last half mile and 400 vertical feet of climbing. But this is nothing too serious. It can easily be negotiated even without microspikes. There are no dangerous icy spots. And post holing is not too much of an issue. You sink into the snow just enough to make coming down safe and relatively speedy. On the other hand, if you REALLY don’t want to hike on snow, I suspect that this part of the trail will be largely (if not entirely) clear within the next two weeks. If not, hiking on snow should at least be avoidable. So come on out and hike! This is one you won’t regret.★ ★ ★ ★ ★