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Mt. Elwell Trail

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 4.5 (2)

A fun and rugged trail going over the summit of Mt. Elwell. Great views.


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4.9

Miles

7.8

KM

Point to Point

7,736' 2,358 m

High

6,081' 1,854 m

Low

776' 237 m

Up

1,892' 577 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

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This trail is best done going north. During the climb up the south side, for the last tenth of a mile or so, the trail becomes pretty steep and rocky so be sure to watch your step. The trail passes right next to the summit block at the top of the mountain. The views from here are great, with the Feather River in the valley to the north and the Lakes Basin to the south.

The descent down the north face immediately becomes steep and rocky. It's worth looking at it before plunging in. The whole descent is doable, but there are definitely a few steep, loose, and rocky sections. Farther down it becomes smooth and less rocky, with some wide turns. At the bottom, you'll intersect the Smith Lake Trail, where you can go left and in a few minutes be relaxing at the edge of the water in a beautiful alpine setting.

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Joel Wilson

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 2 votes

#3

in Lakes Basin

#7607

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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#3

in Lakes Basin

#711

in California

#7,607

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Sierra Buttes from the summit of Mount Elwell
Jan 25, 2018 near Clio, CA

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Sep 4, 2020
Pam McBain
We started at Graeagle Lodge to Long Lake up to Mt Elwell. We returned via Smith Lake 10mi
Jun 10, 2020
Don Lieb
Aug 7, 2016
Bruce Hope