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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada
by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2016 Jordan Summers/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Grouse (hemlock and smith lakes) Nearby City:Kyburz
Length:6 total milesElevation Gain:MinimalTrail Type:Out-and-backSkill Level:ModerateDuration:3.5–4.5 hoursTrailhead Elevation:7,000 feetTop Elevation:8,700 feet
zLength:6 total miles
Trailhead Elevation:7,000 feet
Top Elevation:8,700 feet
this one we decided to just go to grouse - though the other ones i've been to and the hike isn't as steep as getting to grouse, it was serene and relaxing so we decided to not go on - plus it was opening hunting season and i really wasn't comfortable having sheela running so far ahead of us as we forgot her orange pack at home! this is a lot of step ups onto boulders so bad knees isn't a good idea. and there are many more hikers than you'd expect because it's a relatively short hike to grouse even though it's steep. i'd say it's a little tougher than moderate except that it's not a great distance
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