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.
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."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
"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."
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