Ralston Peak 17E414

Eldorado National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,750ft
Trailhead Elevation8,851ft
Elevation Min/Max6516/8852ft
Elevation Start/End8851/8851ft

Ralston Peak 17E414

Ralston Peak (17E41.4) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Eldorado National Forest and Desolation Wilderness. It is three miles long and begins at 8,851 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,750 feet. Along the trail there are meadows. The trail ends near Chapel of Our Lady of the Sierras (elevation 6,496 feet) and another place of worship. This trail connects with the following: Ralston Peak (17E41) and Ralston Peak.

Ralston Peak (17E41.4) Reviews

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Holy smokes! This hike really kicked our butts. By far the toughest I have done! Our final destination was Lake Aloha, but we spent our first night at Lake of the Woods (that's as far as our rubbery legs would take us!) and I would have been fine staying there as I found Aloha to be too rocky and dead. I loved LOTW because of the beautiful trees, etc. There were a few downsides, however. First, the darn mosquitos! These things laughed at Deet! They bit through our clothes and our hats!We itched, swatted and even inhaled them! Plan on an hour cowering inside your tent for at least an hour in the morning and the evening. Second, quite a few of the most appealing spots to camp are blocked off due to overusage. And last, it seem that parking so close to Hwy 50 makes your car an easy target for thieves. We returned to find our window broken and our vehicle vandalized inside. Bummer!

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Trail Information

Eldorado National Forest
Nearby City
Desolation Wilderness
Additional Use
Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts