Western States

Tahoe National Forest, California

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Western States is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 6,162 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 846 feet.
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Western States is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 6,162 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 846 feet. This trail connects with the following: Truckee River Bike Trail, Log Decks and Tevis Cup Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Tahoe National Forest
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 846 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,162 feet
Top Elevation: 6,833 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Tahoe National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 6162/6833 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6162/6162 ft

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"The Western States Trail was one of three principal routes used by emigrants across the Tahoe Sierra (along with the Pony Express and Donner Pass routes).

The most direct of the three, it certainly was not the easiest, gaining 18,000 feet and losing 23,000 feet on a typically narrow track impassable to wagons. At one time, the route connected Salt Lake City to Sacramento, but only sections of the route still exist today."

"By combining a part of the Western States Trail eastbound from Highway 89, a section of the Tahoe Rim Trail, and old logging roads, hikers can follow a mostly forested route on a partial loop with a fine view from vista points atop Painted Rock.

Although generally well marked, the route uses several trail and road segments that require trail users to exercise some route-finding skill. Much of the Tahoe National Forest at this end of the lake is prime mountain-biking country, and these trails and roads are no exception, so be alert."

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