Hole in the Ground Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,939' 591 m
Descent: -1,942' -592 m
High: 8,051' 2,454 m
Low: 6,459' 1,969 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“Amazing views and alpine lakes.”— Jco25 Colby
The trail then descends among large granite features. At the 5.2 mile point from the trailhead, there is an option to take the end of the Sand Ridge Lake Trail on the left to Sand Ridge Lake, a 1/4 mile connector well worth the view.
After continuing on Hole In The Ground, you'll cross a forest service road and at the 10 mile mark, there is another connector to the right providing access to Lower Lola Montez Lake which is 1/10 of a mile off the trail.
After this, the trail quickly descends on loose, rocky terrain with large step-downs built from railroad ties. At the bottom of this section make a left on a gravel road and follow it for approximately 1 mile to another short section of trail leading to Sheritt lane, a paved road.
In order to return to your starting point, you'll have to travel just under 5 miles on road. Take a right on Sheritt, you'll end up at a fire station where you have the option to park and shuttle or continue to Donner Pass road to return 5 miles to Boreal Ski Resort.
Land Manager: USFS - Tahoe National Forest Office