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Richardson Lake Trail

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A very scenic jeep road spur to Richardson Lake, the Ludlow Hut, and the nearby PCT/TRT.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

7,434' 2,266 m

High

7,128' 2,173 m

Low

306' 93 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Swimming · Wildflowers

Description

Richardson Lake sits outside the edge of Desolation Wilderness and is a pretty, lightly-visited alpine lake. It can be easily accessed along the Richardson Lake Trail off of the McKinney Rubicon Jeep Trail or from the intersection with the General Creek Trail.

The hike into the lake is a steady, not too taxing, climb along a dirt road. There are some old hunting cabins along the way, so keep your eyes peeled. Also of note is the Sierra Club Ludlow Hut just past the lake. It's always unlocked and can be a fun destination to explore.

The Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail also drop into Richardson Lake ( PCT: Echo Lake to Highway 80 (Donner Summit) | TRT: Echo Lakes to Barker Pass).

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Shared By:

Eric Ashley

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  2.0 from 1 vote

#33

in Lake Tahoe

#42915

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#33

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#4,633

in California

#42,915

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Richardson Lake and big dramatic mountain clouds.
Aug 24, 2016 near Tahoma, CA
Abandoned cabins at Miller Meadows.
Aug 24, 2016 near Tahoma, CA

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