Hike Royal Gorge Rim Trail along Rowton Trail with Truckee Donner Land Trust
Hoelter-Hall Trailhead in Soda Springs CA
Posted By: Truckee Donner Land Trust
This moderately strenuous 4 mile hike is an exploration of the Royal Gorge Rim Trail to Rowton arches. The hike passes through several wildflower and bird areas, offers expansive views of the Pacific Crest and the Granite Chief Wilderness, Crow’s Nest and the upper parts of the North Fork of the American River drainage including some impressive volcanic geology. The views from the ridgeline make the two-mile climb more than worthwhile.
Enjoy a mostly moderate hike with some strenuous climbs/descents with an elevation change of over 1000′ at a maximum elevation of 7480′.
How do I get there?
Hoelter-Hall Trailhead can be found on google maps. Since cell reception is spotty in the mountains, it is recommended that you set up the directions in a place where you have cell service.
From Interstate 80: Exit at the Soda Springs/Norden off ramp. Proceed East about one mile on Old Highway 40 to a flashing light and turn right on Soda Springs Rd. Continue on Soda Springs Rd about one mile beyond Pahatsi Road. You will pass a meadow on your left and then an open wet area with boulders along the roadside also on your left. About 350 feet past Dulzura road on your right will be a sign for the Hoelter Hall Trailhead on your left. Directions from the sign are described below.
From Old Highway 40: Turn at the flashing light in Soda Springs and from there follow the Interstate 80 directions above.
The Hoelter Hall Trailhead. To get to the trailhead, turn left from Soda Springs Road onto the dirt road at the small TDLT trailhead sign. The road goes up a hill and ends at the parking area.