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.
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!
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!
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.