ElevationAscent: 3,266' 996 m
Descent: -3,266' -996 m
High: 9,712' 2,960 m
Low: 6,446' 1,965 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“An excellent run with lots of variety and stunning views.”— Mark Bradley
Pick up your permit at the trailhead, and follow the trail along the ridge by Fallen Leaf Lake, enjoying the views of Lake Tahoe and Mt Tallac. The trail will pass Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake, which offer good opportunities for taking breaks and soaking your feet (or whole body!)
After Cathedral Lake, the trail turns west and becomes more exposed. Watch your footing on the switchbacks winding up the scree field, and enjoy the views of Jack's Peak and the surrounding area when you top-out.
The remainder of the trail winds through alpine meadows and eventually ends at the summit. If you stop at the top for lunch, you're sure to make some furry friends, so watch your food! The views from the summit are definitely worth stopping to take in.
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