Pacific Crest Trail TRT

Eldorado National Forest, California

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Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) is a hiking and horse trail in Placer County and El Dorado County, California. It is within Eldorado National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Granite Chief Wilderness, Desolation Wilderness, and Tahoe National Forest. It is 36.2 miles long and begins at 7,510 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 72.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 15,328 feet. The Ski Patrol mountain rescue can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms, meadows, a spring, and forests along the trail.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) is a hiking and horse trail in Placer County and El Dorado County, California. It is within Eldorado National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Granite Chief Wilderness, Desolation Wilderness, and Tahoe National Forest. It is 36.2 miles long and begins at 7,510 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 72.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 15,328 feet. The Ski Patrol mountain rescue can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms, meadows, a spring, and forests along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail (TRT).
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Eldorado National Forest
Distance: 36.2
Elevation Gain: 15,328 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,510 feet
Top Elevation: 8,641 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Eldorado National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 6911/8641 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7510/7517 ft

Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) Professional Reviews and Guides

"This leg of the famous Pacific Crest Trail stretches from the
exposed granite slabs that border Lower Echo Lake to the
forested shore of the Upper Echo Lake. The hiking is easy
and the views arc north into the craggy silver heights of the
Desolation Wilderness."

"Follow a segment of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails to the east summit of Twin Peaks, from where hikers experience a fine view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding terrain. From an open ridge along the Sierra Crest, just before the PCT/TRT junction, you’ll have additional views into the heart of Granite Chief Wilderness and the peaks of the more distant Desolation Wilderness."

"This leg of the fabled Pacific Crest Trail stretches from the granite slabs surrounding Lower Echo Lake to the forested shore of Upper Echo Lake. The hiking is easy and visually pleasing, especially at the outset where the route skirts the granite outcrops at the base of Flagpole Peak."

Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) Reviews

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This is a beautiful trail. It can be challenging due to the high elevation. It is an easy hike that tends to be very crowded on weekends. You can take a boat across the lake to cut off some of the distance.
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