Grouse Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 9.6 miles long and begins at 7,492 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 244 feet. Along the trail there are a camp site and information guideposts. The trail ends near Grouse Ridge (elevation 7,713 feet).
Grouse Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Grouse Lakes area is truly Sacramento’s “land-o-the-lakes.” This long but rewarding loop hike will bring you within view of more than fifteen lakes of all sizes, and to the shores of seven of the lakes. Whether you are to swim, stalk wily trout, or watch a sunset over an alpine lake, this is the place to be. Despite its long history of public use, much of the area is privately owned, so please respect property rights. The old network of jeep roads that formerly connected the lakes has been closed to motor vehicle use, creating a wonderful area to explore by foot, bike, or horse."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
"This drive winds through a spectacular landscape that includes numerous lakes, high cliffs, canyons, a historic town site and cemetery, an awesome 360-degree vista from the 7,707-foot-high Grouse Ridge Lookout (built in 1923), and mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and camping opportunities. All of it lies within easy reach of Reno, Sacramento and the Bay Area."
--Tony Huegel, Sierra Nevada Byways (Wilderness Press).
"An abundance of glaciated, subalpine scenery awaits hikers who complete this easy but moderately long hike to the Glacier Lake area. Side trips to Five Lakes Basin or Byers Lakes offer some cross-country challenge and a good chance for solitude. From your ridgetop trailhead, you are treated to a superb sweeping panorama, encompassing the North Coast Ranges in the west, Lassen Peak in the northwest, the craggy Sierra Buttes in the north, English Mountain in the northeast, Black Buttes in the east, and the peaks of the Granite Chief–Lake Tahoe region in the southeast."
--Ron Adkison, Best Easy Day Hikes: Northern Sierra (Falcon Guides).
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