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Paradise Lake

An overnight backpacking trip along the Pacific Coast Trail in Truckee, California.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 15 miles
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Paradise Lake is a classic Sierra Nevada lake with gorgeous sunsets and a pristine lake full of trout. This overnight backpacking... more »

Tips:  - Fires require a campfire permit which can be acquired at the Truckee Ranger Station.

- Fishing requires a license from the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

You can reach the trailhead from Highway 80 by taking the Boreal / Castle Peak exit. Turn left at the stop sign, go under the highway overpass, and follow the road to the trailhead. Parking is limited so make sure to start early.

2. Use Trail

Make sure to use the Use Trail to cut through a small meadow to access the Pacific Crest Trail. It's possible to follow the dirt road to the base of Castle Pass but it is not very scenic.

3. Castle Pass

Castle Pass is a great lookout point to see the progress you have made so far and a sneak-peak to where you are headed.

Castle Peak is 1 mile north east of the pass but is nearly a 1200ft climb. Hikers who choose this will be rewarded with amazing views.

Cell reception on major networks is usually available here which may be useful in an... More

4. The Peter Grubb Hut

The Peter Grubb Hut was built in 1938/1939 by family and friends as a memorial to Peter Grubb. The hut has a wood-burning stove, a kitchen, and a wooden table. The 2-story hut can accommodate nearly 20 people but reservations are required from the Sierra Club website.

There is also a 2 story outhouse that is built just 75 feet away from the... More

5. Paradise Lake

Paradise Lake is a classic Sierra Nevada lake with amazing views and sunsets. There are many campsites along both the lakeshore and a bit inland towards the trail.

The lake has plenty of trout so make sure to get bring a fishing license as one is required for fishing in this area.

A campfire permit is also require in this area. You can... More

6. Paradise Lake Island

A small island is right off of lake shore that provides a few great camping spots. The main area has a leveled out spot that can accommodate a 2 person tent. There are two additional level areas that can fit a 1 person tent.

Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace principles and to use the existing fire rings whenever possible.