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Mt. Judah Loop Trail

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Length

2.3 Miles 3.7 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

666' 203 m

Ascent

-362' -110 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

8,219' 2,505 m

High

7,553' 2,302 m

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A moderate hike with plenty of views as you pass Donner Peak and cross Mt. Judah.

Eric Ashley

Overview

Features: Views — Wildflowers

Description

The Mt. Judah Loop Trail begins along the Pacific Crest Trail ( PCT: Echo Lake to Highway 80 (Donner Summit) ) about a mile south of Donner Pass. A gradual climb eases hikers to an intersection with the Donner Peak Spur — it's a short detour and worth the scramble and extra distance to explore the vantage point.

From there, follow an an old jeep track that leads through a wet area that produces excellent wildflowers in the spring and early summer. Keep heading toward the saddle and the climb up the northeast face of Mt. Judah.

On the way up, enjoy the striking views of Mt. Rose, Truckee, Donner Lake, and Coldstream Canyon. The trail wanders along the crest of Mt. Judah, providing even better views of the surrounding peaks.

After the trail passes the crest, it descends gently to connect back with the Pacific Crest Trail just past Roller Pass.

Flora & Fauna

In the mid-summer the east face of Mt. Judah brightens with the small purple blossoms of the Rock Fringe Flower.

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