Trail Run Project Logo

blue Hole in the Ground Loop

  4.0 ( 3 ) Favorite

Trail

16.3 mile 26.3 kilometer loop
94% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,939' 591 m
Descent: -1,942' -592 m
High: 8,051' 2,454 m
Low: 6,459' 1,969 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jco25 Colby

Amazing views and alpine lakes.

Jco25 Colby

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The views begin early on and continue throughout this High Sierra classic. The trail varies from smooth dirt among pines to decomposed granite amongst boulders above treeline. There are options to visit beautiful alpine lakes by taking short connector trails.

Runner Notes

This loop contains a 5 mile section of road, which can be avoided by using two cars. There are plans to construct a trail connecting the bottom of this trail to make a complete singletrack loop.

Description

Hole In The Ground begins at a trailhead approximately 1/4 mile north of the I-80 Boreal Ski Resort exit. There is a large sign and map at the trailhead for your reference. The trail begins climbing switchbacks on smooth dirt through a pine forest. You'll ascend above treeline while traversing Andestite Ridge until coming to a high point with a lookout across Castle Valley to Castle Peak.

The trail then descends among large granite features. At the 5.2 mile point from the trailhead, there is an option to take the end of the Sand Ridge Lake Trail on the left to Sand Ridge Lake, a 1/4 mile connector well worth the view.

After continuing on Hole In The Ground, you'll cross a forest service road and at the 10 mile mark, there is another connector to the right providing access to Lower Lola Montez Lake which is 1/10 of a mile off the trail.

After this, the trail quickly descends on loose, rocky terrain with large step-downs built from railroad ties. At the bottom of this section make a left on a gravel road and follow it for approximately 1 mile to another short section of trail leading to Sheritt lane, a paved road.

In order to return to your starting point, you'll have to travel just under 5 miles on road. Take a right on Sheritt, you'll end up at a fire station where you have the option to park and shuttle or continue to Donner Pass road to return 5 miles to Boreal Ski Resort.

Contacts

Rate This Featured Run

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In

Check-Ins

Aug 25, 2018
Chad V
https://www.strava.com/activities/1797531178 15.8mi — 4h 02m

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#2

in Royal Gorge

#2663

Overall
  4.0 from 3 votes
5 Star
33%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
33%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#2

in Royal Gorge

#426

in California

#2,663

Overall
53 Views Last Month
3,174 Since Apr 6, 2015
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
0%
67%
33%
0%
0%

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running