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Hawley Grade

This 1.8 mile long trail was originally a toll road.

photo: Amazing retaining rock walls on Hawley Grade Rd. Photo by Kris Jenning.

Length: 1.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Lake Tahoe Basin, In Christmas Valley S of Lake Tahoe at end of Upper Truckee Road.
State(s): California
Counties: El Dorado
Longitude: -120.02005
Latitude: 38.7975

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Description

Constructed during the gold rush era, the Hawley Route in the 1850's served mule-drawn wagons, and for a short time, the Pony Express. Since converted to a trail, this rugged trail offers outstanding views of the Tahoe Basin as it drops from Echo Summit into the valley floor below.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 6,300
Elevation High Point: 7,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Don Lane
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
870 Emerald Bay Rd.
Ste. 1
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 573-2621
https://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu/

 

Photos

Hawley Grade Pony Express marker.

Hawley Grade Pony Express marker.

Hawley Grade begins it's ascent. Photo by Kris Jenning.

Hawley Grade begins it's ascent. Photo by Kris Jenning.

 

Amazing retaining rock walls on Hawley Grade Rd. Photo by Kris Jenning.

Amazing retaining rock walls on Hawley Grade Rd. Photo by Kris Jenning.

Waterfall midway on Hawley Grade Rd. Photo by Kris Jennings.

Waterfall midway on Hawley Grade Rd. Photo by Kris Jennings.

 

Other side of waterfall and rock fall in the past 160 years. Photo by Kris Jennings.

Other side of waterfall and rock fall in the past 160 years. Photo by Kris Jennings.

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