Alpine Meadows to Twin Peaks

Tahoe City, California

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The 9-mile journey from Alpine Meadows to Twin Peaks is a rigorous undertaking by anyone’s standards, but the incomparable views from the ridgecrest section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT ) and the Twin Peaks summit are hard to beat. The trade-off for such magnificent scenery is a 2-mile climb from Alpine Meadows to the Five Lakes basin, followed by another, almost-2-mile, switchbacking climb to the Sierra crest. Once the crest is gained, the hiking is much less difficult and the marvelous views are nearly unremitting.

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"The 9-mile journey from Alpine Meadows to Twin Peaks is a rigorous undertaking by anyone’s standards, but the incomparable views from the ridgecrest section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT ) and the Twin Peaks summit are hard to beat.

The trade-off for such magnificent scenery is a 2-mile climb from Alpine Meadows to the Five Lakes basin, followed by another, almost-2-mile, switchbacking climb to the Sierra crest. Once the crest is gained, the hiking is much less difficult and the marvelous views are nearly unremitting."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tahoe City
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 3,275 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 to 12 hours
Season: Best mid-July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tahoe National Forest at 530-587-3558, www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Tahoe City, Granite Chief, and Homewood

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Jun 2018