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Mount Tallac Summit (9,735’) - 12 miles - Advance­d *Strenuous*

  • Sep 28, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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What: Mount Tallac Summit (9,735’) via Fallen Leaf Lake and the Glen Alpine Trail.

Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you)

Depart: 6:30am at the Iron Point Light Rail Park N Ride. Arrival time is 6:15 we will arrange transportation and leave by 6:30. (see directions below)

Departure Trailhead: 8:15am at the trailhead (see directions below)

Elevation Gain/Loss: ~3,200' (from 6,568 - 9735ft)

Distance: ~12 miles

Rating: Advanced "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level: You must be a very regular hiker. This is a higher altitude trail with a huge elevation gain. Please utilize training hikes to prepare for this hike. Proper hydration in the days prior to this hike is paramount.

Duration: About 1 ½ hours driving, ±9 hours hiking/breaks, and 1 ½ hours driving back, for a total of about 12 hours (back to park-n-ride by 6:30-7:00pm).

Special Skills Necessary: Patience and practice. Water and fuel management.

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 3-4 liters of Water (a purification system is a plus), hiking boots, wool socks, hat, shades, sun screen, bug repellent, extra layers of clothing, lunch, snacks, camera, hiking stick/poles.

Because of the high altitude we will reach we will be above the tree line for some portions of the hike. UV rays are generally more intense as altitude is gained as well; sun screen, sun shades, and a hat are highly recommended.

Event Fee: $0

Membership Required: Membership Required: All adult participants must be Sacramento Trail Mix members. Minors are welcome when accompanied by their parent or guardian club member. Save time for yourself and others by completing your membership form online.

Suggested donation: $3

Suggested carpool donation: $12


The Glen Alpine trail is the easiest incline of all the trails ascending Mt. Tallac (pronounced: Tuh-Lack), but that also means it is the longest route. We will employ a slow, leisurely pace. From the trail head heading to the West we will hike up a dirt road past some old homes. After a mile, the road narrows and winds its way up. We will be able to see Cracked Crag in the distance from here. After 2 miles of steady climbing up along the waterway we will approach a junction and will take the trail to the right to Gilmore Lake/Mt. Tallac. We will approach another junction and will take the trail to the right to Gilmore Lake/Mt. Tallac. Next stop, Gilmore Lake! This is just on the backside of Mt. Tallac. After a half-hour - hour lunch break we will continue on the trail past the lake toward the northeast. This last section is the steepest part of this route, it will be slow going from here to the top, but we can spend time enjoying the scenery. The trail joins the Tallac Trail then continues up to the summit across loose, broken rocks with no clear trail at parts, but we are almost at the top, and there are sure to be broken bits of trail from previous hikers. There is great scenery throughout this hike. We will hike back to the vehicles along the same route we came in on.

Click this link for a map of the hike:

Park rules (please read!):

Please be aware that this wilderness area allows a maximum group size of twelve; so please cancel your RSVP as soon as you know you won’t be coming to allow other members to RSVP.

If there are thunderstorms forecasted for that day, this hike will be canceled/post-poned!

Cool Features: Mountain Summit, Lakes, Forest, Wildlife, and of course YOU!

Dogs: No Dogs Please.

Directions to Trail Head from the Park-N-Ride: GMAP

More Information: If you have questions please message me through the site

Please, for the safety of everyone, no consumption of alcoholic beverages 48 hours before the Hike!

Event Host Contact Info: Brad M:[masked] (emergencies/running late only please)

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  • Brad M

    Great hike everyone! This was an awesome group. Way to keep up the pace! Here's our stats:

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • Bryan

    I had an amazing time. Thanks Brad! I hope you'll organize more of these hikes in the future. :)

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • Alena C.

    Amazing hike! I would love to do it again sometime. Thanks brad!

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Kamal A.

    Brad, thanks for leading the group! It was a wonderful hike and group of hikers alike! The photographs I took along then trail and at the summit turned out to be amazing! Will post them at the meet up site in a few days. Look forward to hiking with you and the group today again.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • KJMcRonald

    Thanks ever one for the company today.

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Kamal A.

    Great Easy Paced Hike! Spectacular Views from the Summit.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I really feel like I accomplished something today! Thanks Brad, for organizing this hike. It was indeed strenuous, but the view from the top was worth every step.

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Brad M

    We are running up to 20 mins late.

    September 28, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I will meet at the park and ride by 6:15.

    September 27, 2013

  • Brad M

    I hope to see you all early tomorrow. The waitlist automatically bumped wailisters into open spots in order of when you waitlisted. Please be sure to cancel your RSVP if you can't make it to the hike as soon as you know in case someone else is trying to sign up. Thank you!

    September 27, 2013

  • Joni

    Sorry...will not be able to attend. Hope someone can take my place. Totally bummed. Will go next year.

    September 27, 2013

  • Michael L.

    I really want a guide for this!!

    September 24, 2013

  • Joni

    What training hikes before this hike?

    September 11, 2013

    • Brad M

      Our group hosts "training hill jr," fairly often. There are also other training type hikes in the area.

      September 11, 2013

  • Brad M

    RSVP's are opened. Please be sure to read the full hike description and check out the links posted within.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've hiked Mt Tallac quite a few Times with my dogs. Is there a reason dogs are not permitted?

    August 18, 2013

    • Brad M

      I do not feel comfortable having dogs in the group due to the extra potential for hazards, which are various.

      August 19, 2013

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