From this ridge the trail begins a 3.5 mile descent into the valley alongside the northeastern slopes of Castle Peak and Basin Peak. In this area the trail traverses a unique glaciated basin which offers a sense of back country remoteness rarely found in the Tahoe Sierra. Watch for the huge, dark-layered volcanic rocks and the underlying granite rocks. There are also many creeks to cross, with spectacular displays of sub alpine wildflowers.
After reaching another saddle the trail begins a quick descent of some 1,000 feet and winds steeply down toward Warren Lake.
On the western side of the lake there are a number of inviting campsites with opportunities for fishing, rock climbing, or just taking a well-deserved rest. Since the trail is rather strenuous and fairly long, it is recommended the hiker consider this a two-day hike. Warren Lake is an ideal destination for a hiker who is looking for an out-of-the-way camping experience and who recognizes the challenge this trail offers. It should be noted that snow may cover parts of this trail until the end of July.
Directions: From Truckee, Travel west on Hwy. #80 and take the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge Road exit, which is immediately west of the highway's Donner Summit Roadside Rest Area. On the south side of the highway there is a sign reading: Tahoe National Forest Trailhead Donner Summit Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the directions on the sign turning east for 0.4 miles to the trailhead.
Elevation: 8,570 feet
Ending Elevation: 7,200 feet
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