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Trip Date:  10/05/2013

: 14.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2600'

Group Size: 1

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Scout Peak Route
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Scout Peak Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 48.861, W 120 02.045     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 toward Echo Summit.  Turn into the Adventure Mountain parking area, which also includes trailhead parking for the Pacific Crest Trail.  
Hazards of Note:   None. Crowd Factor:   Minimal.  You might run into a few people on the PCT, but once you divert off to Scout Peak you will probably run into nobody on the trail.
General Notes:
From the parking area head a little over a mile along the PCT, and then turn on the dirt road to the left which heads up to the top of Scout Peak.  This is a dirt road that meanders back and forth about for over four miles until you reach the top.  Once at the top, check out the views toward the Carson Pass area to the Southeast, and then walk past the Caltrans building near the top and find the small use trail that travels along the ridgeline, mostly parallelling the utility poles until you reach the Sierra at Tahoe Ski Area.  Hike through this area and then when you find a reasonable spot, head down to the south and pick up the Bryan Meadow trail.  Head east on this trail and hike through Bryan Meadows, gaining elevation most of the time until you hit the Pacific Crest Trail.  Turn north on the PCT, and follow it for a few miles until you wind up back at the parking area.

Scout Peak from along the PCT near the start. Scout Peak from near the start
Looking East across Christmas Valley from the peak. Looking east from Peak
Nice glimpse of the Crystal Range from the trail. Crystal Range
Looking across toward the lift at Grandview. Looking at Grandview
Steep cliffs between here and there. Steep cliffs
A very quiet lift location in the late summer. Grandview lift
A dry Bryan Meadow at this time of the year. Bryan Meadow
Looking down from the peak at the challenging elevation. Lake Tahoe from the PCT
Frozen water unexpectly on the trail. Frozen water on the trail
Fall is definitely upon us at this point. Fall colors
A look back up at Scout Peak from the PCT. Scout Peak
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike