Pacific Crest Trail TRT

Eldorado National Forest, California

Elevation Gain15,328ft
Trailhead Elevation7,510ft
Elevation Min/Max6911/8641ft
Elevation Start/End7510/7517ft
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).

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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Trail Information

Eldorado National Forest
Nearby City
Eldorado National Forest

Activity Feed

Jun 2018