Mt. Judah Loop

Hikers can reach some of the grandest views in the Sierra Nevada via the 4.6 mile Mt. Judah Loop trail, a popular hike just off the the renowned Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starting at the top of Donner Summit just outside the Judah entrance at Sugar Bowl Resort, this hike climbs quickly for immediate views of Lake Mary below, continuing on along in the Sugar Bowl Resort area and then heading up to the peak of Mount Judah for stunning views of Donner Lake below and even across Lake Tahoe to Mount Rose.

From the summit of Judah, the trail meanders along the Sierra Nevada crest with outstanding views of Anderson Peak and Tinker's Knob to the south with Castle Peak and Sierra Buttes to the north. The trail leaves the crest and gently descends to a point just north of Roller Pass and reconnects with the PCT.  Roller Pass is a significant point on the Overland Emigrant trail and signs along the trail tell the story of the early settlers and the difficulties they encountered at this point in their trek west.  The Mt. Judah Loop trail is located near the Sierra Club's historic Clair Tappaan Lodge which offers overnight lodging and environmental education programs to the public.

A map of the trail is provided in the sidebar of this nomination.

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Latitude: 39.305791 Longitude: -120.33432 Elevation: 6958 ft
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John Monson

Vertical Gain or Loss

2,090 feet

Trail Distance

4.5 miles

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome, but are encouraged to stay leashed so as not to disturb the wildlife.


Stunning views and Interesting flora. Sometimes it is hard to find the trail makers.

karen t, 7/19/2010

Hiked Mt Judah Loop Trail yesterday and the hike was breathtaking. Windy at the very top. We took our dog who was leashed. There were other hikers with dogs off leash and I was grateful for understanding pet owners! I agree with Karen - trail could have been marked more clearly, but thankful for the knowledge of repeat hikers on trail. Great hike and would love to go back!

Sandy, 7/26/2012

The wild flowers were incredible the entire hike. We did the hike on a Thursday in July, and saw very few people until we connected with the PCT. One of my favorite hikes in the Truckee area.

Char, 7/10/2014

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