General Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 882' 269 m
Descent: -215' -66 m
High: 7,313' 2,229 m
Low: 6,476' 1,974 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“A singletrack that ranges in difficulty from rugged backcountry to easy and wide.”— S. Lengyel
The trail proceeds west to the Richardson Lake fire road near the Desolation Wilderness border. The western end is also about 1/4 mile from the McKinney Rubicon Jeep Trail. Along the way, the Lily Pond Connector makes a nice 0.3 mile detour. Lily Pond is exactly as it sounds, but is a nice scenic spot. Lots of wildflowers in the spring.
For those looking for an epic backcountry experience you can head out General Creek Trail to Lost Lake Trail. You can also connect to the PCT/TRT via Richardson Lake.
Other notes for General Creek as part of a backcountry epic: there is an awesome old hunter's cabin near the western end of the trail. Keep your eyes peeled on the left side as you follow the old jeep road at the beginning. It's definitely worth a look and a couple pics.
Richardson Lake is worth a side trip via the Richardson Lake Trail. It's a nice lake, and the TRT/PCT crosses through at Richardson Lake. Also at Richardson Lake there is a little known Sierra Club hut (the Ludlow Hut) on the hill above the south side of the lake that is worth checking out.
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Land Manager: USFS - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Office
Oct 17, 2019: Tahoe Basin Agencies continue prescribed fire operations
Oct 3, 2019: Prescribed fire operations continue in Tahoe Basin