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The Best Snowshoe Trails in California (United States)

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  • Matrimony Ridge

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    near Troy, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.73mi
    Elevation +
    1106f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo ofMatrimony Ridge Photo ofMatrimony Ridge Photo ofMatrimony Ridge

    A great snowshoe hike from I-80 (near Kingvale Exit) to Matrimony Ridge, Tahoe National Forest, California, USA. Take I-80 to the Kingvale exit, then west on Donner Pass Road. There are a few parking spaces at the tra...

  • Schallenberger Ridge

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    near Armstrong, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.10mi
    Elevation +
    1749f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofSchallenberger Ridge Photo ofSchallenberger Ridge Photo ofSchallenberger Ridge

    Takes some effort but the views are worth it! From the parking lot we hiked along snow covered but very packed Cold Stream Drive till we reached the side of the ridge to save time and improve our odds of reaching the ...

  • Badger Pass Ski Area to Dewey Point

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    near Yosemite West, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.35mi
    Elevation +
    830f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo ofBadger Pass Ski Area to Dewey Point Photo ofBadger Pass Ski Area to Dewey Point Photo ofBadger Pass Ski Area to Dewey Point

    This is a fantastic, beautiful walk through the forest and snow covered meadows, and it ends with an incredible view at Dewey Point. At Dewey Point you can look down into Yosemite Valley, which is more than 3000' below. ...

  • Mt Tallac 4-17-2010

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    near Spring Creek, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.49mi
    Elevation +
    3373f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo ofMt Tallac 4-17-2010 Photo ofMt Tallac 4-17-2010 Photo ofMt Tallac 4-17-2010

    Snowshoeing up Mt Tallac from Spring Creek Road. 3400ft vertical gain, 3200 of that in 2 miles. With the road closed in the winter, it's a mile's walk from hwy89 to the end of pomo road where you start the ascent. 6.3 mi...

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  • Chipmunk Bluff Ridge

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    near Jacobsen (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    3.64mi
    Elevation +
    377f
    TrailRank
    29| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofChipmunk Bluff Ridge Photo ofChipmunk Bluff Ridge

    Map and location information for Chipmunk Bluff in California: Chipmunk Bluff is one of the Summits in El Dorado County, CA and can be found on the Loon Lake USGS topographic quad map. The GPS coordinates are 38.9690731 ...

    Snowshoed this with Foothill Hikers. A great alternative when it’s too windy st the lake.
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  • Schallenberger Ridge Part

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    near Armstrong, California (United States)
    Distance
    2.26mi
    Elevation +
    846f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo ofSchallenberger Ridge Part Photo ofSchallenberger Ridge Part Photo ofSchallenberger Ridge Part

    Pretty ascent up the side of the ridge with good distant views of Donner Lake and Coldstream Valley when the trees thinned out. Easy access from the freeway. This was our first time here and we accidentally picked a s...

  • Matrimony Ridge 2011-04

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    near Troy, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.87mi
    Elevation +
    971f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo ofMatrimony Ridge 2011-04 Photo ofMatrimony Ridge 2011-04

    Snowshoe route to Matrimony Ridge, Tahoe National Forest, from I-80 near Kingvale, California, USA. This route mostly follows the marked blue diamond Nordic trail.

  • Castle Ridge

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    near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.49mi
    Elevation +
    745f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo ofCastle Ridge Photo ofCastle Ridge Photo ofCastle Ridge

    Castle Ridge, take the Boreal/Castle Peak exit from I-80 at Donner Summit. Go east along the frontage road on the north side of the freeway. Park where the pavement ends. From the pavement end, follow the dirt road about...

  • Walking Loon Lake

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    near Jacobsen (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    3.44mi
    Elevation +
    161f
    TrailRank
    28
    Photo ofWalking Loon Lake Photo ofWalking Loon Lake

    Chinese laborers helped build a series of dams between the late 19th century and the middle of the 20th century at Loon Lake, a reservoir tucked in the high mountains of the Eldorado National Forest. The original Loon...

  • Castle Valley to Peter Grub hut

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    near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.01mi
    Elevation +
    2201f
    TrailRank
    28
    Photo ofCastle Valley to Peter Grub hut Photo ofCastle Valley to Peter Grub hut Photo ofCastle Valley to Peter Grub hut

    Accessible by skis or snowshoes, the Peter Grubb hut makes for an awesome remote winter camping experience. The hut is surrounded by several peaks that boast amazing views of the Tahoe basin. A winter season must do! ...

  • near Kirkwood, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.46mi
    Elevation +
    594f
    TrailRank
    28
    Photo ofWinnemucca Lk and Frog Lk via Carson Pass Photo ofWinnemucca Lk and Frog Lk via Carson Pass Photo ofWinnemucca Lk and Frog Lk via Carson Pass

    We came back beside Frog Lake. We were between the two trails, probably should follow one of the “trails” back, but still see Frog Lake.

  • near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    2.24mi
    Elevation +
    433f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo ofSnowshoe Donner Summit, Summit Lake Area Photo ofSnowshoe Donner Summit, Summit Lake Area Photo ofSnowshoe Donner Summit, Summit Lake Area

    This track has several points where I went off trail to practice trailbreaking. Track logged 02/21/2011. Directions and Description: I80 East Boreal Exit: Turn left (right will take you into the Boreal ski parking lot...

  • Becker peak

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    near Little Norway, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.06mi
    Elevation +
    1348f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo ofBecker peak Photo ofBecker peak Photo ofBecker peak

    Becker peak Becker Peak Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Echo Lake, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activit...

  • Frog Lake

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    near Kirkwood, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.25mi
    Elevation +
    574f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo ofFrog Lake Photo ofFrog Lake Photo ofFrog Lake

    Frog Lake RAIL DESCRIPTION: The trail to Frog Lake is part of the Pacific Crest Trail and is an easy 1.2 miles hike to the Lake. The trail to Winnemuca Lake is an additional 1.5 miles up a gradual slope to the lake leve...

  • Scott's Lake 2010-01-31

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    near Sorensens, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.87mi
    Elevation +
    883f
    TrailRank
    25
    Photo ofScott's Lake 2010-01-31

    Snowshoe to Scott's Lake, Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, California, USA. Trailhead on California Hwy 88 in Hope Valley, west of Carson Pass.

  • Eagle Lake Exploration

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    near Emerald Bay, California (United States)
    Distance
    1.48mi
    Elevation +
    135f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofEagle Lake Exploration Photo ofEagle Lake Exploration Photo ofEagle Lake Exploration

    Start with the Eagle Lake One Way hike. We hiked in the snow and snowshoed a little to a pretty waterfall.

  • Boreal Ridge 2010-01-03

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    near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.17mi
    Elevation +
    778f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofBoreal Ridge 2010-01-03

    Snowshoe hike from PCT trailhead at I-80 to Flora, Azalea, and Angela Lakes, then to the top of Boreal Ridge; near Soda Springs, California, USA.

  • Sagehen Creek Area

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    near Hobart Mills, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.81mi
    Elevation +
    617f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofSagehen Creek Area

    A snowshoe hike in the Sagehen Creek Campground area, Tahoe National Forest, north of Truckee, California, USA, west of California Hwy 89.

  • Brockway to Peak 7766 2011-01-08

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    near Kingswood Estates, California (United States)
    Distance
    3.23mi
    Elevation +
    758f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofBrockway to Peak 7766 2011-01-08

    A moderate snowshoe hike from Brockway Summit (California Hwy 267) to Peak 7766, which is a rocky outcropping that overlooks Lake Tahoe. This area is partly private forest land and part National Forest, but is generally ...

  • Lost Trail Lodge

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    near Armstrong, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.55mi
    Elevation +
    390f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofLost Trail Lodge Photo ofLost Trail Lodge

    Lost Trail Lodge My destination was the Lost Trail Lodge, a hike-in lodge about four miles away, in a valley south of Donner Lake, bounded on three sides by Sierra Nevada peaks. I learned about the place the previous...

  • Kirkwood

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    near Kirkwood, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.02mi
    Elevation +
    472f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofKirkwood Photo ofKirkwood

    Kirkwood Cross Country and Snowshoe Center. 80km of groomed trails at 7,800 feet offer the most spectacular scenery and exciting terrain in the west. Located 1/4 mile east of Kirkwood on Hwy 88 (next to the Kirkwood Inn)...

  • Azalea Lake

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    near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    3.06mi
    Elevation +
    197f
    TrailRank
    23
    Photo ofAzalea Lake Photo ofAzalea Lake Photo ofAzalea Lake

    Azalea Lake and Flora Lake via Donner Summit Lakes Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a...

  • boreal through Castle Valley

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    near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.21mi
    Elevation +
    823f
    TrailRank
    22
    Photo ofboreal through Castle Valley

    Castle Valley Loop Trail is moderately trafficked loop trail located near Soda Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and ...

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