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off road driving
4 days ago

Easy trail, take the 73 and follow Mount Watson Blvd to Watson Lake. The beginning half is offroad and the second half is paved all the way to the camp. From there we took Watson Lake Road which was a little trickier to Sawmill Flat. The rig got a scratched up because of the bushes on Watson Lake Road. Definitely bring a hedge trimmer if you want your rig to not get scratched.

off road driving
1 month ago

Go lost near the top. Must have missed a turn. Need to go back. Still fun.

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked from Tahoe City to Watson lake just for a one night trip. Parking is super easy (no permit needed) at the transit center in town. Also no permit needed for camping/hiking. We started the hike late (around noon or so) and had no problem making it to Watson Lake before sun down. Beautiful views, not very busy, and a pretty good workout (about 13 miles each way). Definitely bring good hiking shoes, I got many blisters on the hike back out. The only reason I took a star off is because there were not any water sources until we got to the lake, so be sure to start your trip with lots of water! All in all, beautiful trail and I would love to do more of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Steady climb ending was some great views, and close to town.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Did this trail in a 2019 suburban, was a horrible idea yet beautiful views. Road was very rough although any 4x4 with high clearance will do fine.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took my 2015 Forester Stock all the way to the summit. Loved it and the Foz killed it!

backpacking
2 months ago

This is my first post so I apologize if I forget to include any info. I backpacked & camped with z group of 5 people for 3 nights at Upper Sardine lake. Got there via the Mono Pass Trail that starts off at Tioga road from the east entrance of Yosemite. Not a hard trail but also not easy either, then again I’m a newbie. This was my first camping trip, never backpacked before in my life, first time to Yosemite, first time fishing, first everything and I loved it! This was the most beautiful amazing adventure I’ve ever had. From the start of the trailhead inside Yosemite to our campsite outside the park in Inyo under the trees next to the lake, the scenery was breathtaking to the point of bringing tears to my eyes, then again being my first time in the wilderness I was having a bit of sensory overload from all the beauty and the silence away from humanity. There were little to no mosquitos, saw a few deer, tons of fish in this lake, they kept jumping out of the water it was so cool! Took a day hike through Parker Pass to Parker Pass Lake which was the most beautiful color of cobalt blue I had ever seen. Throughout the duration of my stay we hardly saw another soul in sight except for a day hiker here and there. The one thing I underestimated as a newbie was the cold at night; during the day we had beautiful weather in the mid to high 70s, but at night it was in the low 30s and I suffered a bit, lol. But despite the cold at night, I enjoyed every single moment of this trip and can’t wait to go back. This trail was totally doable even for a novice like me, so don’t worry when the trail goes from easy to all uphill for about a mile and a half when you almost reach upper sardine lake, the view of Mono Lake far down below and the serenity of this place are completely worth it. This place is beyond amazing and perfect everyone.

off road driving
2 months ago

It was nice getting out and on this trail for some off roading adventure. I am not sure why the distance shows 11ish miles whereas it should show more than double, like around 26ish miles.

From start point to the Watson lake it was 90% of paved road. From Watson lake to end point is a dirt track with rocks of all sizes. Non 4x4 are not recommended and will be very hard for the second half of the stretch.

To start from Tahoe city, pass the 73 start point and goto Bunker rd, turn left where it says ‘820’ (it sounds like a private road but is not). At the end, where house number 820 is, you will be greeted with a dirt track, follow this which will turn into paved rd.

off road driving
3 months ago

Went up Saturday morning in my 2018 Tacoma off road.
Stock no mods, all weather tires, literally got it two days ago.
Trail was well maintained. We were behind an explorer that couldn’t make it up half way. .
Lots of hikers on the trail.
Definitely a fun trip.
Upper lake was beautiful.

off road driving
3 months ago

Gorgeous lakes. My brother and I drove up to Upper Sardine. People say it’s a gnarly road up, and while Subarus won’t make it up, my mild Toyota made it up without a single scratch. I highly, highly, recommend camping at Upper Sardine... We had it to ourselves and could see the PACKED campsite at Lower Sardine from where we set up camp.

We hiked to Sierra Buttes Lookout from Upper Sardine. What an incredible hike! Highly recommend it!

hiking
3 months ago

Went early there were a bunch of family’s at the lower lakes but if ya hike up the 4 wheel rd and hang a left around the lake there’s great swimming spots with a good Mt. backdrop.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great 4x4 for beginners. A couple of minor tricky spots but nothing to worry about. Make sure to check where you are on the app, a couple of turns you can miss easily. The view at the end of Watson Peak Road is 100% worth the journey up there!

on Sardine Lakes

off road driving
4 months ago

We actually drove the trail. The beginning of the trail posts a sign that lets you know you can hike, bike or drive it. Really needs to be a 4x4 of sorts. Great drive and outstanding lakes. You start with one lake and then go up to a second lake. Amazing!

off road driving
4 months ago

Sardine lakes did not disappoint! It’s absolutely stunning, if you’re thinking about making a trip there do it! There’s campgrounds very close to the lake and there were very few people there for it being a Saturday at noon. For those who want to go to wheel up the trail, here’s some good info for you. The trail is extremely rocky, so having skid plates will help a ton. It’s also extremely skinny, and there are only a couple points to turn around. I wouldn’t recommend taking a full size truck up. I took my 03 Ranger (3” Lift, 33’s and it’s 2 wheel drive but it has a rear locker). The trail is so skinny that my truck barely fit in some parts. There’s a few big rocks that can’t be avoided that will 100% contact the underside of your truck unless you’ve got a rig on 40’s or a huge lift. I was joined at the end of the trail by a Tacoma and 4Runner (both lifted with a/t tires) and watched a nice 4x4 f150 (stock height and Tires) get pretty messed up on this trail. He had to back down about a 1/4 of the way and banged his truck up pretty good. Overall, a fun and not very challenging trail if you’ve got a decent rig and some driver skill. If you’ve got any questions you can find me on Instagram @jakeramirez99 and I’d be happy to give you any info about this trail you want.

off road driving
5 months ago

Really good spot for beginners, awesome views.

off road driving
5 months ago

Green gate to forest service road 71 is closed.

off road driving
5 months ago

Fun little run to take on a nice day up to Virginia City, only one small sketchy area that has a big of a run off. Cool photos to take along the way. Any 4x4 shouldn’t have an issue

Dogs and I loved it. I'm on a 3wheeler handicap scooter and could navigate with ease.

hiking
6 months ago

Breathtaking !!! My fave place soo far.

The map only shows the western half of the road, which takes you another 30 miles to Verdi, Nv. I took two days going west to east, camping at Jackson Meadows reservoir the first night. From camptonville, it climbs quickly and you pass the original toll house as you climb to the top of the ridge . You'll thread this ridge as it takes you all the way to Jackson Meadows. The entire route has remarkably gentle grades but the road does get rubbly in places . Biggest concern on my trip was fallen trees across the road, and there were Many. Passage around them (many had been trimmed a bit by chainsaws) was quite tight along a few sections of wall road . Trees are dying up there in the millions nowadays , so maybe take a chain saw if you are hell bent on not turning back .Two quick stretches of pavement mar an otherwise clean run of dirt from the California gold country on the western slope to dang-near Reno . This is not a dramatic route , but seeing Reno to the east as I came down the last pass was pretty cool . This is the route the Donner Party wishes it had found .

off road driving
7 months ago

I've been driving this trail for years, it's a good short beginner trial with some fun more challenging offshoots. Right now in March 2018 it's got some lower areas that are pretty washed out, but as long you have a basic 4x4 you should be fine.

I've been wanting to check this trail out for quite some time. I hiked it after several nights of snow, with melting during the day. Looked like all of the tracks from the 4X4's were headed down hill, the mud was quite slippery. They must have done some work to the road as there were no large rocks, no deep ruts. Very pretty area, minimal sounds from the highway. Hoped to see some mustangs, only saw tracks. Glad that I hiked it, I've been up rougher roads in rental cars!

off road driving
8 months ago

Good trail to hit when heading from Reno to Virgina city. a lot of loose good size rocks. 4x4 with good clearance or skid plates recommended. took about 30 minutes or so. close to 4 miles .

Nice and easy for a New Year's Day hike!

off road driving
9 months ago

Very fun shorter trail. Definitely would rate moderate for anyone in a full size truck, easy on an ATV or maybe a two door Jeep (anything narrow with a short wheelbase). Did this trail in my Tundra crew cab, and barely fit in a couple places, plus the trail winds along 70-100 foot drop offs in certain points (not as easy when your tires are on the edge). Very rocky in certain places, so be careful not to pop a tire, and watch for other traffic on the trail because passing is extremely difficult on most of the route. Amazing views and took about 40 minutes to complete at a slow comfortable pace. Would definitely do it again, and if I were in a more narrow vehicle I’m sure it would be even more fun and a little less hair raising.

hiking
10 months ago

easy drive with clear roads. saw two other couples the 2.5 hours we were there. one driving down on the jeep road/path and one walking down. basically had the place to ourselves. kids had a blast with the snowball fight. stunning views that look like a fake background drop. easy hike.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Started out pretty rough and some narrow passes. Definitely needed four wheel drive in this area. I would call this section moderate not easy. Very beautiful views, we were in our 4x4 Jeep and we had to move very slow on this section. Then about half way it looked much better and probably maintained by the county. From there on out there was still very pretty views but that section was easy. There are a few homesteads in the easier section so that is probably why the road was better.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

It was really pretty! Met lots of cool people too and took home some gorgeous rocks

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

It was really pretty! Met lots of cool people too and took home some gorgeous rocks

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Very rocky road to upper Sardine Lake watch your step. Great views well worth the short hike. No crowds during this September hike.

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