Mount Judah Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"With minimal effort, hikers can reach some of the grandest views available in the northern Tahoe Sierra, via the 4.6-mile Mt. Judah Loop. The rugged terrain around Donner Pass is impressive, and the trail affords many excellent vista points along the way to the awe-inspiring view from the summit of Mt. Judah. The section of the loop that connects with the Pacific Crest Trail was constructed in the 1990s, but despite its recent origin, the Mt. Judah Loop has justifiably become a very popular hike, so don’t anticipate a high degree of solitude. Be sure to pack plenty of water, as none is available en route."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
"The Mount Judah Loop follows a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that traverses the Sierra Nevada range north and south of Donner Pass. From the summit, there are excellent views of the mountains and valleys that lie on either side of the pass. The region got its name from the infamous Donner Party, who was trapped by snowstorms while attempting to cross the mountains late in the winter of 1846–1847. Terrain: Dirt path and a short stretch of gravel road through a landscape of High Sierra granite and trees"
--Dan Brett, Hike America: Northern California (The Globe Pequot Press).
"Straddling the crest of the Sierra above Donner Lake, Mount Judah is an easy, accessible peak with summit views that stretch east over Donner Lake and west down the long wooded slopes toward California’s Great Valley."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides).
"Mount Judah is one of those rare attractions that seem to have it all for a quick adventure fix: trailhead conveniently close to the highway; a well-tended trail that is only moderately difficult; beautiful vistas of the lakes, mountains, and wilderness terrain; and very little backtracking. Your route takes you 2.6 miles from the trailhead to the summit, gaining nearly 1,200 feet in elevation."
--Jordan Summers, Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Following one of the more scenic segments of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) south from Donner Pass, this loop trail provides commanding views of the high peaks along the Sierra crest north of Lake Tahoe. It also offers an astounding alpine wildflower display during the mid-summer season and an opportunity to easily bag a Sierra peak. Along the way, you can get a rough idea of what early pioneers suffered as they hauled their wagons over the mountain range and of the historic effort of the railroad workers who forged a route across the crest. Unfortunately, this loop trail is something less than a wilderness experience due to both its popularity and its proximity to the nearby highway and adjacent ski areas, but the views and wildflowers more than make up for its lack of seclusion."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
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