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Trip Date:  06/15/2013

: 8.6 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1500'

Group Size: 2
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Red Lake and Stevens Peaks Hike
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Red Lake and Stevens Peaks Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 41.803 W 119 59.492     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the parking on the north side of the highway, about a quarter mile from the ranger station parking area across the highway and to the south.  Pay the day use fee (summer only) and find the trailhead just at the west end of the parking lot for the Meiss Meadow trail.
Hazards of Note:   The scree is slippery on various parts of this cross country hike.  There may be some exposure near the top of Red Lake peak.  Cross country navigation is required for this trek.

Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This parking area is an access point for the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  There will be a number of hikers out, especially on weekends during the summertime.
General Notes:
From the parking area on the road,  head cross country up to the north, climbing the steep slope almost directly north.  You will pick up the ridgeline pretty soon, and follow that generally to the north until you reach the basalt spire of Red Lake Peak.  The actual peak is a difficult ascent the last 20 feet, so use your best judgement.  To continue on the hike head around the east side of the peak, picking up the use trail which then continues across the ridgeline until you get to a steep shale section to climb up toward Steven's Peak.  The actual peak is about another 1/3 mile to the east.  Retrace your steps back to the shale area, and then begin a gradual descent down toward the valley below.  It might be easier to stay above the valley floor for most of the trip, as after snowmelt areas of this can be pretty wet and boggy.  Once you hit the Meiss Meadow trail, head to the south and follow it all the way back to the parking area. 

Mark on the way up Red Lake peak with Round Top behind him. Mark heading up hill
Mark on the last leg up to Red Lake Peak. Almost to the first peak
Pass where John C Fremont first spotted Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe discovery spot
Meiss Lake valley from Red Lake Peak. Miess Meadow
Telephoto shot of the Crystal Range from Red Lake Peak. Crystal Range telephoto shot
 View of Mokulumne Peak far away to the south. Mokulumne Peak from Red Lake
View of Hope Valley and Red Lake from the Peak. Views from Red Lake Peak
Mark heading around the steep backside of Red Lake Peak. Mark headed on up
Looking down at Crater Lake from between the two peaks. Crater Lake
Mark on his way to Stevens Peak. Heading to the summit
Red Lake and Round Top Peaks from Stevens Peak. Red Lake and Round Top Peaks
Mark almost back to the trailhead on the PCT. Mark almost back to the trailhead on the PCT
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike