Route DescriptionTrailhead: Rio Quemado (~9,700 ft.)
Distance/Elev. Gain(TH-Middle Truchas Peak summit): 8.2 mi/3,400 ft. RT
Distance/Elev. Gain(TH-Medio Truchas Peak summit): 9.0 mi/3,600 ft. RT
Distance/Elev. Gain(TH-South Truchas Peak summit): 10.2 mi/4,200 ft. RT
The Northwest Ridge of Middle Truchas Peak provides the shortest and easiest way to climb Middle/Medio Truchas Peaks and South Truchas Peak. Start from Rio Quemado Trailhead (click here for trail information on the South Truchas Peak page under "Getting There/WESTERN APPROACH") and follow Rio Quemado Trail.
After ascending to ~11,300 ft. on Rio Quemado Trail (~0.4 miles past the turn to Quemado Falls), you will come to the clearing with a direct view of the NW ridge of Middle Truchas on the right hand side (image). Leave the trail and hike SW across the marshy meadow to the base of a wide grassy gully providing the access to the NW ridge (image). Ascend the gully to the ridge crest at ~12,200 ft., turn left (SE) and follow the NW ridge to the summit of Middle Truchas Peak.