Powderhorn Trail

Tahoe National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,009ft
Trailhead Elevation6,060ft
Elevation Min/Max6043/7814ft
Elevation Start/End6060/6060ft

Powderhorn Trail

Powderhorn Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest and Granite Chief Wilderness. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 6,060 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,009 feet. Near the end of the trail is a meadow. This trail connects with the following: Barker Pass Road and Hell Hole Trail.

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"This shuttle trip allows experienced dayhikers and backpackers to experience a sense of remoteness that’s uncommon to much of the Lake Tahoe backcountry, in the heart of Granite Chief Wilderness.

Most of the trail passes alongside tumbling creeks through serene forest, at least until views of the greater Alpine Meadows area open up near trail’s end. The area within the wilderness is a lonely parcel of land where little-used trails can disappear in grassy meadows-make sure you carry a map and compass, or GPS receiver, and know how to use them."

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Trail Information

Tahoe National Forest
Nearby City
Granite Chief Wilderness
Tahoe National Forest at 530-587-3558, www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu
Local Contacts
USGS Wentworth Springs, Granite Chief, Tahoe City
Local Maps