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Hellman's Way Trail

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A multi-track trail that travels south through the lodgepole/fir forest of the Royal Gorge area toward Mariah Point.


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1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

6,954' 2,120 m

High

6,775' 2,065 m

Low

203' 62 m

Up

196' 60 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

A valid trail pass is required from the Royal Gorge ski resort for winter skiing. This trail has been designated as hiking/foot travel only by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Description

This multi-track trail is a ski trail in the winter and a popular hiking trail in the summer. It winds south along the Palisade Creek gorge southwest of the Serene Lakes community in the lodgepole/fir forest of the Royal Gorge open space area on Donner Summit. The trail is part of a network of trails that provide access to the open space area (see map for connecting trails).

The start of the trail connects to the Castle Pass Trail and it is an alternate trail accessing the Point Mariah Trail (see map). It can be traversed in both directions and is open to hiking, running, and skiing in the winter. The trail is clearly marked by ski trail signs and passes through a beautiful sierra meadow that abounds with wildflowers in the summer. After the meadow the trail climbs up to the ridgeline and over to the Hellman ski warming hut. During the snowy months, it is usually groomed for both Nordic and skate skiing by the Royal Gorge ski resort.

The nearest trailhead parking is at the Summit Station Trailhead on Kidd Lakes Road (no services) at the northwest conner of the Serene Lakes community.

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, bears and the occasional mountain lion.

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Shared By:

George Lamson

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in Royal Gorge

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Hiking through sierra meadow on Hellman's Way trail in the Royal Gorge area.
Dec 30, 2016 near Truckee, CA

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