For a more challenging, yet rewarding hike, take the Ralston Peak trail that begins off highway 50 near Camp Sacramento. It is an eight mile moderate to strenuous round trip to the summit of Ralston Peak ( 9,235 foot elevation). It is a well-defined trail... the first two and a half miles is switchbacks through the forest, then a half mile through a beautiful meadow with Pyramid Peak and the Cascade Range to the west. Another half mile puts you on a ridge with incredible views of Ralston, Tamarack, Lake-in-the-Woods, Aloha and even Lake Tahoe in the distance.Descend down to these lakes or turn right of the trail, looking for cairns - pyramids of rock used as trail markers - and head the last half to three quarters of a mile along a ridgeline to the top of Ralston Peak. You won't regret it - the 360 degree views are amazing, especially on crystal clear days! Be careful the last 100 yards because you trek over loose broken granite talus. Views of the Echo Lakes, Mount Tallac, the Carson Range, Lake Tahoe and Mount Rose to the far Northeast are spectacular!