Ralston Peak 17E41

Desolation Wilderness, California

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain376ft
Trailhead Elevation8,851ft
Top9,224ft
Elevation Min/Max8851/9224ft
Elevation Start/End8851/8851ft

Ralston Peak 17E41

Ralston Peak (17E41) is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 8,851 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 376 feet. The trail ends near Ralston Peak (elevation 9,209 feet). This trail connects with the following: Ralston Peak and Ralston Peak (17E41.4).

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"Incredible views of a dozen glacial lakes and prominent peaks from a vista point 1,100 feet above Desolation Valley are yours to enjoy as you begin ascending the lateral moraine forming Pyramid Creek’s canyon. The trail climbs at a consistent rate for the first third of the hike then tests your lungs and legs for just over a mile before resuming a more reasonable slope to the summit. A few switchbacks send you traversing through the Jeffrey pines and white firs that shade you at the outset on the flank of this ice-carved chunk of rock. A beautiful vista point lies less than 0.3 mile from the trailhead. As you stand in this open, sandy spot, Pyramid Creek’s canyon spreads out in front of you like a gaping tear in the mountain." Read more
Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Although the climb is steady and stiff, where else in the Tahoe Basin can you achieve such a grand view with only a 3-mile hike? Most hikers favor the route to Ralston Peak from Echo Lakes, which is a mile longer via the water taxi (3.5 miles longer without) but requires 800 fewer feet of elevation gain. This being the case, you may not have to share the serenity of the route described below with too many other hikers." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Although the climb is steady and stiff, where else in the Tahoe Basin can you achieve such a lofty view with only a 3-mile hike in? Most hikers seem to favor the route to Ralston Peak from Echo Lakes, which is a mile longer via the water taxi (3.5 miles longer without) but requires 800 less feet of elevation gain. With this being the case, you may not have to share the serenity of the route described below with too many other hikers." Read more

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Trail Information

Desolation Wilderness
Nearby City
Desolation Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Snowboarding
Additional Use
Eldorado National Forest
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Dec 2018