Charity Valley Trail

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,708ft
Trailhead Elevation7,848ft
Elevation Min/Max5928/7987ft
Elevation Start/End7848/7848ft

Charity Valley Trail

Charity Valley Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Alpine County, California. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 7,848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,708 feet. This trail connects with the following: Burnside Lake Road.

Charity Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trip takes hikers on a lightly used route from the vicinity of Grover Hot Springs State Park to Burnside Lake. The trail begins just outside the park at 5750 feet and gains only a nominal amount of elevation over the first couple of miles, providing an easy trip for families with young children, or for hikers of any age searching for an early-season alternative while waiting for the winter snowpack in the higher elevations to finish melting.

Beyond the first two miles, the trail climbs more steeply up the canyon of Hot Springs Creek, gaining almost all of the 2400 feet of elevation in two miles, before mellowing out for the last easy mile to the lake."

"Succulent green meadows rife with wildflowers, brilliant autumnal displays of yellow leaves, dark red-hued mountains patched with white snow, and typically blue skies provide the Carson River drainage with some of the Sierra’s most colorful hikes. This point-to-point hike, which requires a car shuttle, drops from subalpine meadow to a sheltered, forested valley, where you can take a hot springs dip."

"The gently graded Charity Valley Trail offers good views from the start of verdant Charity Valley backdropped by the rugged slopes of Markleeville Peak before following Charity Valley Creek as it glides down a forested canyon through pockets of lush vegetation and past several little ponds.

The route adopts a steeper demeanor past the Burnside Lake junction but mellows again halfway to the lake. What little use this route seems to receive appears to be primarily from equestrians."

Charity Valley Trail Reviews

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From Grover's hot spring to Burnside is a steep trail. easier to start at Burnside and go down. There is another trail head by Blue lakes that goes down the whole trail of Charity valley to Grover's Spring time is best for the wild flowers. The trail is easy to follow but there isn't a trail head marker at top on Blue lakes road. If you come to a big meadow on left close to top you just passed it. The parking area is on the right going up.. Sorry I didn't get the mileage.

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District Office
Local Contacts
USGS Carson Pass, Markleeville.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018