A wonderful Independence Day hike in the Sierras. We followed the Pacific Crest Trail (section K8) from Donner Pass Trailhead on old US Hwy 40 to Anderson Peak, passing Mount Judah and Mount Lincoln along the way. We stopped at the snow field covering the north face of Anderson Peak, and instead visited the Benson Hut on Anderson’s northeast flank.

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Tracks and Profile: Northern Section & Southern Section

Note: We hiked up to the peak of Mount Lincoln to bypass the steep snowfield on Lncoln’s northeast face. The red track in the Northern Section map is my best guess at the location of the “true” PCT; it would knock off about 0.15 miles and 380 ft of climbing each way. There is a decent use trail down the south ridge from Lincoln, but mainly loose gravel on the east ridge up from Roller Pass following a ski run (Sugarbowl Ski Area).

Trailhead: Take Donner Pass Road (Old Hwy 40) from Truckee west to near the top of the pass. Turn off the road (south) across from the PCT trail on the north side of the highway, the Trailhead is about 0.2 miles from the highway on the south side of the road, but there is no parking there or along the south side of the road. There are a few parking spaces along the north side of the road or in the parking lot near the highway (if/where permitted).
12.68 mi (5.39 mi uphill, 5.33 mi downhill, 1.89 mi flat)
~1950 ft total ascent – 15.9 % uphill grade, 16.6 % downhill grade
7:11:57 total time (6:03:30 moving, 1:08:27 stopped)
0:28:40 pace (2.1 mph average speed, 48.2 mph max speed)
24.750 difficulty, 44.473 effort