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Bogus Basin Trail

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1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 273' 83 m
Descent: -122' -37 m
High: 7,266' 2,215 m
Low: 7,031' 2,143 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by George Lamson

A multi-use trail leading up along the ridge to the east of the Serene Lakes community in the Royal Gorge area.

George Lamson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

A valid trail pass is required from the Royal Gorge ski resort for winter skiing.

Description

This multi-track trail is a ski trail in the winter and a popular hiking trail in the summer. It climbs to the ridge on east side the Serene Lakes community. It winds through the Lodgepole/Fir forest of the Royal Gorge open space area on Donner Summit and affords scenic views of the Serene Lakes basin. The trail is part of a network of trails that provide access to the open space area (see map for connecting trails).

The trail connects to the Claim Jumper Trail at the east end. The trail is marked by ski trail signs posted along the trail. It can be traversed in both directions and is open to hiking, running and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. During the snowy months, it is usually groomed for both Nordic and skate skiing by the resort. Heading east, the trail climbs steeply up to the ridge line for approximately a 1/4 mile and then rolls up and down along the ridge. It also passes the Bogus Basin ski warming hut maintained by the Royal Gorge Ski Resort.

Flora & Fauna

The trail cuts through a Lodgepole/Fir forest and during the summer is populated by a large collection of Sierra wildflowers. The forest is the home to deer, ground squirrels, bobcat, martens, coyotes and the occasional mountain lion. There is a wide variety of Northern Sierra birdlife.

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Photos

Furry hikers take in the view of Serene Lakes from an outlook along the Bogus Basin Trail.
Dec 30, 2016 near Truckee, CA
A peaceful meadow on trail to Rowton Peak. with permission from George Lamson
Aug 16, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Bogus Basin ski warming hut makes for a fun landmark along the Bogus Basin Trail in Royal Gorge.
Dec 30, 2016 near Truckee, CA

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