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10.7 mile 17.3 kilometer loop
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,785' 544 m
Descent: -1,784' -544 m
High: 10,444' 3,183 m
Low: 8,918' 2,718 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Lori Bellis

The Houghton Loop includes parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail, Mount Houghton Spur, and the Relay Peak Road.

Lori Bellis

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

High elevation run in the Mt. Rose area with many spectacular views, a beautiful waterfall, and abundant summer wildflowers. The route passes through a variety of terrain, keeping it interesting.

Need to Know

The restrooms at the trailhead were closed in 2018.

Description

Park at the Mt. Rose Summit Trail and follow the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) signs heading west. The trail winds gradually upwards, with great views of Lake Tahoe to the South. The waterfall is 2.5 miles from the trailhead and is part of the headwaters of Galena Creek and the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Continue on the TRT up the switchbacks beside the waterfall. The trail continues ascending with views down the Galena Creek drainage.

The spur trail to Mount Houghton Summit is 4.6 miles from the trailhead. It's 0.8 miles to the 10,490 ft summit, where you'll enjoy outstanding views in every direction. After returning from the summit, continue on the TRT to it's intersection with the Relay Peak Road. Return to the trailhead via the road, which descends down toward Frog Pond and continues around the west and south sides of Tamarack Peak. At approximately 10.0 miles, take the well-marked spur trail back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers in the summer. I've seen a black bear in the Galena Creek meadow area below the waterfall. Marmots are plentiful.

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