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Started at Tahoe rim trail up to the summit. This took me 5-6 hours to complete and I was hiking it up the hill. Was pretty winded going up and I consider myself physically active- this was worth the treck. Wish I would have worn better shoes and a jacket and had gloves. Once you get to the top it’s freezing and lots of snow. My shoes were muddy and wet and ice cold hands. Was a great cardio workout on the way up. My legs definitely felt this on the way up and down the summit. Just sitting at the top the views are amazing. Highly recommend starting early. I started at 11ish and got back around 5-530. I did stop and take a lot of pictures and also sat at the top for about 20 minutes. Worth the treck to go up. It does get steep in some areas.

I have mixed feelings about this hike.
The trailhead is somewhat easy to access (located at the very back of bay view campground). Limited parking especially on busy weekends.
You get incredible views of Emerald Bay from several view points on your way up.
There are lots of switchbacks on your way up. LOTS of elevation gain!
Granite Lake is lovely and a very nice place to take a breather.
There are two peaks:
The northern peak has better views of emerald bay. I did not see a clear trail to this peak.
The southern peak is about 200ft higher in elevation, has better views of desolation wilderness. The trail to this peak is very clear.
Dog friendly!

hiking
4 days ago

This hike was essential in completing my goal to summit all of the peaks in the Tahoe Basin. Despite being one of the tallest, the hike wasn’t very difficult. I enjoyed the stream crossings, the aspens changing colors, and meadow views, but the last part of the hike above the tree line was brutally windy.

hiking
4 days ago

To me, this trail was just meh. Not enough of a challenge - lots of fairly flat trail with moderately picturesque views. What made it nicer were the aspens changing colors for the fall. It was a supremely windy day, which isn't the trail's fault, but it really was not enjoyable once we got above the tree line. Once we reached the summit, the views were only so-so. I personally don't find the city of Reno to be especially enchanting, even from afar. I did like seeing Lake Tahoe Basin from a new angle. Not sure if/when I'll do this one again, but at least it's off the list.

hiking
5 days ago

I went yesterday Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and it was chilly and windy but sunny. First few miles were pretty easy but then the grade increases and you know why it’s rated moderate. Last half mile was traipsing through snow and ice but the trail was easy to see from many footprints. Great views along the way and at the top. There was snow along the trail 1.5 miles in but not really on the trail itself until the last mile. Took me less than 4 hours but I hogged (hiked/jogged) down. Drank less than 1L and only had an energy bar and an apple even though I brought far more water/snacks. Fun hike!!

I was in the Tahoe City area for a couple days and decided to go for a hike. This trail was a great challenge and with beautiful views. The information from prior reviews was helpful in making my way through the granite section. The marks on the rocks were helpful in making my way.

mountain biking
5 days ago

This trail was perfect for my wife's first time on a mountain bike, easy ride with only 1 spot that was challenging for her.... A great trail to walk or run.

A little steep at some points, but views at the end make it worth it

I brought my non-hiking family in the first week of October. With a lot of breaks and snacks, it took us six hours there and back on the same trail.
The trail is really well-maintained and has unbelievable views. The summit was very snowy and windy so be prepared for the cold and have good boots. We got to about a few minutes to the summit and decided not to risk it this time. I hope I can come back in the summer and get all the way up!

hiking
8 days ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike which I would strongly recommend doing just before sunrise so you can really enjoy the spectacular views. Takes about an hour to get up and has a decent amount of vertical. This trail is not very well defined so make sure you’re keeping an eye on your GPS. You’re basically following the ridge up to the peak. You’ll know when you’re there

Great view from the top!

on Lighthouse Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained!!!! The views are breathtaking! Would definitely do this one again....

This is an amazing hike! Anyone with some hiking experience can do it w/o a problem! It drizzled all the time but we still enjoy it very much! On a clear day the views must be breathtaking as they were on a rainy day! I totally recommend it!

hiking
14 days ago

this one is sweet, did it on 9/23/2018. The trail is under 2 miles and easy to follow, the last push was tricky, it took me a while to figure out how to climb up. Extremely windy on the top, but the view is probably the best

Very windy day but such a beautiful hike.

Nice hike with tremendous views when at the top. The last half mike gets a little hard. Gigantic pine cones for the taking at the beginning. Do it again someday.

19 days ago

the views are spectacular! a nice gradual up and down trail along the lake up on the hillside. we never tire of this view. we did it in the morning Sept 8 to 9ish in the morning with the sun warming our hike to take the chill off.

backpacking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike. We hiked in to Middle Velma and spent the night, then hiked back out the next day. We drove up from the valley and started this cold turkey with no elevation acclimation so it sucked the oxygen out of us very quickly, especially since we all had on 40 lb backpacks. The climb up is like going on a stairclimber machine for 4 straight hours. For you novices, like me, the trail is rough, with rocks and granite steps and fallen logs and debris the whole way. Its not a nicely groomed trail that is easy to walk on. You better have sturdy shoes/boots to prevent ankle sprains. And I'm in pretty good shape as I exercise regularly. I was exhausted when we got to camp. But the lake was gorgeous. COLD water though. No bugs, just some annoying chipmunks that got into my snack stash. Next time I'll bring a pellet gun to deal with them... And we never saw any signs of bear, unlike some of the other reviewers stated.

Kept going to the Mt Rose Summit, but the views at Galena falls were nice.

hiking
21 days ago

September 23, 2018. 80F in Reno and 60F at the trailhead. 2:35, 10.1 miles, 2321 feet elevation gain. Lightly jogged most flat and downhill. Busy, but it was a clear blue sky Sunday. Three other folks who jogged it, another guy was hiking it with bare feet! So it’s moderate, but add in jogging or BARE FEET and it will be hard.

hiking
22 days ago

The trail is kind of steep so I'm glad I did this late September and it was kind of cool. I didn't find the climb up real tough and it's a short hike. I think the view of Lake Tahoe is the best I've seen from any other vantage point around the lake. Also seeing Desolation Wilderness in the other direction is great too. At the top I dropped my water bottle and went back for it. I saw a beautiful rock in the ground with a memorial carved into it and I found it very moving. Very nice hike!

Great hike. Took my 10 year old son up today.

three of us plus one dog and had a lovely time. nice Meadow and then you got some shade and Creek. good day

Spectacular views on this well groomed trail!

hiking
25 days ago

Trail well maintained. First 2.5 miles including the falls iis a mild trail. Looking up to Mt. Rose in the distance was a bit daunting. The views just got better right to the summit. Definitely going back.

hiking
26 days ago

best to drop 1 car at viking Holm, and drive another car to bliss state park, lester beach and start from there. then you only go one way. or have some one pick you up by boat.

great vista views up and down

*good for walking, dog walking, little kid hike, flat trail running.
*very easy, very pleasant, flat.
*nice creek runs through it year around

never knew Nevada could be so pretty

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