9,235 ft / 2,814 m


1,075 ft / 327 m


41 summits

Top climbing months

July   19%

August   17%

May   17%

Most climbed route

South Side from Camp Sacramento

"Intended to hike Pyramid Peak, but the trailhead was not to be found. Ralston Peak was a happy choice. Had the summit and hike almost entirely to myself save for 4 people. Left a radical note in the lockbox at the top, and explored the peaky summit for well over an hour before begrudgingly coming back down. " - ionahraqs, Aug 8, 2018
"Headed up Ralston Peak on a clear day with a light wind. Temperatures were in the 60's. The first third of the trail was easy to follow. The middle third was difficult due to lots of snow cover making it more difficult to follow the trail and avoid the brush. The final third was above treeline and navigation was easy. Someone put a nice new register box at the top, along with the old one. The views were beautiful, and most lakes are still covered in snow. Found a nice rock to eat lunch on with some friends who decided not to go all the way to the summit. Carried snow shoes, but did not need t" - TCH, May 27, 2017
"~10:00am started the hike from parking aside of Highway 50 with about 10 cars; Actually, can drive about 0.1 mile on dirt road to actual trailhead with only one car parked there. ~12:40pm on Ralston Peak with nice view of some snow packs on most of the peaks. ~1:30pm arrived Cup Lake ~3:15pm back to car, surprised to see one car got break-in at such busy highway." - keung, Jun 19, 2016
"Did this while getting over a cold, not the best idea... but we made it! There was some fairly deep snow toward the top, and some ice lower down in the shade. Great views all around." - kaylam87, Nov 21, 2015
"Out & back hike from TH on rt 50. All sun/heat and no wind meant the bugs drove us off the summit quickly. Followed up with hike out to Horsetail falls, cool water very refreshing on a warm day." - Nimblefoot, Jul 18, 2013



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