Picayune Valley Trail Granite Chief Wilderness

The Cedars, California

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The grand scenery and solitude found along this trail are worth the drive. Sharp peaks, granite ridges, and sheer cliffs dominate the glacially scoured Picayune Valley. Old-growth forests, lush meadows, and aspens dot the valley floor, and the trail leads to a scenic cascade and an even more spectacular waterfall. This trail packs a lot of outstanding Sierra landscape into a relatively short hike.
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by Steven L. Evans (Wilderness Press)

The grand scenery and solitude found along this trail are worth the drive. Sharp peaks, granite ridges, and sheer cliffs dominate the glacially scoured Picayune Valley. Old-growth forests, lush meadows, and aspens dot the valley floor, and the trail leads to a scenic cascade and an even more spectacular waterfall. This trail packs a lot of outstanding Sierra landscape into a relatively short hike.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: The Cedars
Distance: 8.66
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Best: June-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tahoe National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Granite Chief
Driving Directions: Directions to Picayune Valley Trail: Granite Chief Wilderness

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May 2018