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Sand Ridge Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 560 Feet (174.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,760 Feet (2419.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: Soda Springs & Webber Peak

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General Description

The Sand Ridge Lake Trail (14E11) is a moderately difficult 6 mile hike at an elevation of 7,200 feet. This trail is a relatively short trail covering a distance of 1.5 miles between the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Peter Grubb Hut and the lake. However, it is a 4 mile hike from the trailhead to the hut on the PCT.

From the trailhead follow the Pacific Crest Access Trail (15E18) 0.5 miles to the PCT. Turn north on the PCT and follow the trail 0.5 miles through the tunnel under I-80. Shortly after the underpass you will come to the intersection with the Summit Lake Trail. Continue north on the PCT.

The trail begins a moderate ascent through a nicely forested area and climbs gradually for 3.25 miles to Castle Pass at an elevation of 7,880 feet. After the pass the trail begins an 0.5 mile descent into Round Valley where the Peter Grubb Hut is located.

This hut is one of several Sierra Club cabins in the Sierra Nevada. Primarily an emergency shelter, the hut is open for public use. Hikers who which to use the hut overnight should contact the Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge at 916-426-3632 for reservations.

Continuing the hike, just 200 yards north of the Peter Grubb Hut the intersection with the Sand Ridge Lake Trail takes off to the west. Over a distance of 1.5 miles the trail descends slightly and passes through open forest and several small meadows before reaching the small, tranquil Sand Ridge Lake. The lake offers nice campsites and an enjoyable place for a refreshing swim. Fishing is not very promising.

Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge Road exit, which is immediately west of the highway's Donner Summit Roadside Rest Area. On the south side of the highway there is a sign reading: Tahoe National Forest Trailhead Donner Summit Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the directions on the sign turning east for 0.4 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October (NOTE: may be accessible year round.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Backpacking is available on this trail. This trail also connect with the Pacific Crest Trail.
ICON Camping Camping is available by Sand Ridge Lake.
ICON Fishing Fishing is available in Sand Ridge Lake, but it is not very promising.
ICON Hiking & Walking Sand Ridge Lake Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Sand Ridge Lake
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Sand Ridge Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Truckee Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Truckee Ranger District

Related Activities
Glacier Meadow Loop Trail - The Glacier Meadow Loop Trail is an easy 0.5 mile loop at an elevation of 7,200 feet. This trail is very short, self-guided nature trail. The trail explains how glacial action carved and polished the surface landscape.

Summit Lake Trail - The Summit Lake Trail is an easy 2 mile trail at an elevation of 7,200 feet. The trail arcs though a meadow which is full of many beautiful wildflowers from spring though late summer.

Warren Lake Trail - The Warren Lake Trail is a very difficult 7 mile hike at an elevation of 7,200 feet. On the western side of the lake there are a number of inviting campsites with opportunities for fishing and rock climbing.

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Visitor Information:

Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701


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