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Burton Creek State Park, located on the outskirts of Tahoe City, is a 2,000-acre undeveloped park open for day-use only. Excellent scenic vistas make for an enjoyable recreational experience at Burton Creek. Six miles of trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail system throughout the park ties into several other popular routes, including the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Fiberboard Freeway. Access to the park is limited. Two sections of the park are classified as State Natural Preserves, granting them special protection status. The preserves were established to preserve a Sierra mountain meadow and a riparian forest. They also help to improve the quality of waters flowing into Lake Tahoe and provide habitat types that are limited in the Tahoe basin but are needed by a wide variety of species. Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the park. This includes autos, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

The hike was great. However if you didn't have the app the trail head would be hard to find. Once you are on the trail it is easy to follow and a good hike for exercise.

I expected more views but it's mostly Forrest view. There was one short part of the trail where you could view the lake through the trees. It was petty shady and that was nice. I did stop short of the top so don't know what the view may have been from there. It was pleasant. The only animal I sighted was two chipmunks! Glad I didn't see bears!

trail running
3 months ago

Great route for a relatively flat trail run

trail running
3 months ago

The trail is amazing, but if you want to drive your rig there, the map isn't accurate. Take the fire road I believe it's 73 or go further up Bunker Dr through the green gates and it'll take ya there. Beautiful drive, though

Beautiful hike through the Ward Creek loop. The trail markings are a little thin the deeper one gets, which makes the trail a 3-star vs a 4-star. Pretty shaded areas and some nice wild flowers, along with a fun downhill stretch on the TRT into the Granlibakken ropes/zip line course. The Truckee River portion is short, but offers a few great spots for jumping in to take a swim!

trail running
4 months ago

Awesome route for a trail run. Tough climb to start, but quiet and serene area make it worthwhile. Spurs off main trail are a little hard to spot, but there are trail markers. Blue disks and some stripes (black and yellow) on trees are helpful. Great view of Lake Tahoe and Granlibakken.

very well marked, map everywhere .

beautiful, nice view of Lake Tahoe

hiking
5 months ago

My kids and I had a nice time walking this trail. There were a few slight inclines, but nothing to difficult. There are trail maps along the way, so even though we didn't follow the route exactly we didn't get lost. At time we did see partial views of the lake & the forest is beautiful.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Super fun on a bike! Lots of quick and fast single track throughout the area. Pick and chose. Not technical or too hilly. Great way to get warmed up for harder trails. Maps and trail signs everywhere. Hard to get lost. I will be riding again soon.

mountain biking
1 year ago

We went up to do the page meadow trail. Looped into SilverTip. We loved it. Spent 4 hours here. Though climb at the beginning from the Rawhide St start but tons of options once you get up that first mile incline. Definitely glad we had partial and full suspension... Tons of rocks but loved it!

We did a shorter hike looping around in here. You can walk up behind the resort here - they have an expansive high ropes course that was fun to look at! The trails behind it connect to the peak trail for a longer trip.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Great trail. Constant uphill from town to trailhead (3miles), which was a pretty tedious cardio (for me at least) but once we were up on the dirt trails we had a blast! Tons of connector options that all lead into each other. Went up to the scenic overlook for great views. Well-marked along the trails, well maintained.

turn in just west of seeing the Tamarack lodge sign, and go back past the Tahoe Landscaping to find parking. We followed by the download, which means going up to the right as you face the hill. A shorter walk might start by going up the left side. Most of the elevation gain (total is 6300 start to 7000 top) happens in the first 10 minutes (and likewise at the end if you follow the 17 point download guide.

We enjoyed having the guide, and as this was our first EveryTrail guide ever, didn't realize the wealth of information and description in it. We took our own Garmin GPS along to WayMark each intersection...but the EveryTrail iPhone marking/tracing was fine...there was at least a minimum of AT&T 3G/E coverage on this trail.

The 'pond' by the dam (point 12?) is not that charming, but there are nicer meadow views and rocks to have a picnic further along the trail. THANK YOU for putting together the guide. Hope this stays a quiet park for a long time. We did pass a fair number of mountain bikers and a few other hiker/walkers...but in general, we had it mostly to ourselves.

turn in just west of seeing the Tamarack lodge sign, and go back past the Tahoe Landscaping to find parking. We followed by the download, which means going up to the right as you face the hill. A shorter walk might start by going up the left side. Most of the elevation gain (total is 6300 start to 7000 top) happens in the first 10 minutes (and likewise at the end if you follow the 17 point download guide.

We enjoyed having the guide, and as this was our first EveryTrail guide ever, didn't realize the wealth of information and description in it. We took our own Garmin GPS along to WayMark each intersection...but the EveryTrail iPhone marking/tracing was fine...there was at least a minimum of AT&T 3G/E coverage on this trail.

The 'pond' by the dam (point 12?) is not that charming, but there are nicer meadow views and rocks to have a picnic further along the trail. THANK YOU for putting together the guide. Hope this stays a quiet park for a long time. We did pass a fair number of mountain bikers and a few other hiker/walkers...but in general, we had it mostly to ourselves.

mountain biking
4 years ago

Rode part of the trail on Sunday. Before your arrived at the wall you will cross the TRT. Take a left on the TRT and get ready for some very technical single track. Lots of rock gardens. Some climbing up to about 1750 feet. Left TRT just above Tahoe City and rode down on very steep very loose fire road. Awesome ride. I would rate the TRT portion of this ride as moderate to difficult.

mountain biking
4 years ago

This is an awesome ride. Includes fire roads, some paved areas and plenty of single track. The trail was muddy due to recent rain which made it a bit ore challenging on the descents and rock gardens.

off road driving
4 years ago

This was a perfect trail for any beginner! Perfect trails and wonderful views from the top.