Placerville, CA 95667
- 3 miles
- 3 - 4 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 6500 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 6500 feet to 8900 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 2400 feet
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Map + Directions
Trailhead parking is located across from Camp Sacramento on the north side of Highway 50. The road on the east end of the parking area leads to the trailhead 200 yards away. After the first mile the trail quickly becomes strenuous. Upon reaching the Desolation Wilderness Boundary, it ties into a network of wilderness trails. A magnificent view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding wilderness can be obtained with a short one-half mile hike to the top of Ralston Peak (elevation 9,235 feet). During the summer months be sure to bring along ample drinking water. There are no water sources along the way. A wilderness permit is required if you cross the wilderness boundary.