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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
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.
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.
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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