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hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views of Lake Tahoe if you take the trail to top of Eagle Rock

Most difficult part of the trail is staying on trail due to very poor signage and/or markings. The trail has one lackluster lake and dumps you out near some ski runs. Good if you’re in the area and have half a day to kill, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one.

Super easy and short. Amazing view. Great cell service, sat in a rock and caught up on office work while overlooking the lake.

hiking
12 days ago

Well maintained trails but very poorly marked. I got lost several times. Maintenance workers helped me out and agreed that the summer trail markers are confusing. Lovely views over Tahoe Donner.

Beautiful and easy quick walk. However, the signage is pretty atrocious and actually doesn’t make sense. I was unable to find a purple path! Just bronze and silver. Worth some quick fall beauty though :)

Loved this little short hike. It was a great introduction to my mom’s first visit to Tahoe region. The kids did great as it was a short one. Highly recommend it!

Challenging yet rewarding hike with beautiful scenery and views. We went in mid-Oct when the tram was closed (it closed 10/1/2018), so once we got to Shirley Lake, we continued on around Solitude chair to Shirley Lake chair and up and over to High Camp and then took Mountain Run down to to Squaw Village. All in, with a few snack and photo breaks it took us 4.5 hours and was about 9 miles. To get from Squaw Peak Road (the trail head) to Shirley Lake, it’s a lot of boulder maneuvering and often scaling on all fours. It’s not for the weak, very young, out of shape, or elderly. Follow the blue spray painted markers and little trail signs along the way and you’ll be in good shape. If you don’t see blue spray paint for a while, you’ve likely gone off the trail by mistake. We got lost at one point following aimlessly the people in front of us who didn’t know where they were going (we realized later), so have this app ready when needed and follow the markings. It’s a very fun and varied hike and the beauty of Shirley Lake, the gorgeous valley and the views from High Camp are worth it. The hike from Shirley up to High Camp has significant elevation and no shade but it’s a relatively steady climb up the service road and not technical. As the tram was closed, we took Mountain Run down which was simple enough. Only negative with that is it’s a slippery loose pebble ridden service road so be careful with your footing. Often we walked on the side of the road in the brush for better stability. Incredible and rewarding hike overall. Highly recommend for the adventurous and not faint at heart! Bring a camelback/plenty of water and snacks! Glass of wine at the Village at the end was incredibly rewarding. :)

Very serene walk through the forest in very well defined trail. Some beatiful views of the lake.

I don’t know if I’d rate this a ‘3’ in terms of difficulty. It is much easier than other 3’s as rated by this app. It feels more like a 1.5 or 2.

Very serene hike in the forest . Moderate elevation in the beginning and then it's an easy hike. We went in mid October late morning and only saw 2 people the entire time.

Beautiful trail but challenging along the granite. Keep you eyes open for the blue spray paint on the rocks to keep you on course (great idea to spray paint). The tram is closed from Oct 1 - opening season for maintenance so be prepared time wise to hike both ways.

hiking
26 days ago

Super easy with nice views. Lin Cotton’s trail was a bonus, with lots of photo opportunities.

Superb view of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice easy walk, gives a different perspective than in winter. Fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Wide, paved road. No obvious trailhead from the road. You just figure out a place to park alongside the road in. We are average fitness and 60ish years old; we just took it slow and took breaks so that our lungs could catch up. A good short hike for the first day at a high altitude! Also: amazing views!

walking
1 month ago

What a perfect little stretch out of the car. just a decent pair of shoes you don't mind getting very dusty. find a spot to park and you only have a short jaunt to the top to take in some fabulous views! due to extreme crowds of tourists, soak in your view and leave the views and parking to others who want to experience this. photo ops are a must! with that in mind, please be respectful to others trying to get their photos of spectacular Tahoe views without you in them. it seems like you're waiting in line with some being either oblivious or selfish, I too could spend hours soaking it in, but Tahoe tourism is very popular and crowded so patience and respect is a must.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

My family with three young children enjoyed this short hike to the top. We kept our toddler in a carrier for most of it to keep him safe. Beautiful views.

My family and I hiked this trail today and had a blast. We hiked with a 5 year old, 3 year old and an infant in a wearable carrier. It took about 1 hour round trip. The hike was just hard enough to be fun, with the view at the top MORE than worth it.

Great hike with Beautiful views of Shirley Canyon and Tram Face at Squaw Valley

Very relaxing and pleasant! Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is paved. The amazing 240+ degree views of the lake are worth this quick hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy hike. We did this after we got off the plane to stretch our legs! Amazing views!!

Challenging but amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fairly steep but rewarding "up." We like to walk fast, but unless you're acclimated to altitude, go slow. We loved the views from all directions, the little loop at the top with history. Nice benches to enjoy the payoff from the walk. Definitely recommend.

Great family walk

hiking
1 month ago

As indicted elsewhere, huge view-reward at trail's end. Cardiovascularly easy. Terrain can be challenging with poor knees or compromised stability. But by all means, worth having a go of it.

Lovely 4 mile loop trail. well marked. Closer to easy side of moderate. Entire trail on dirt forest road. Easy footing, mostly hard packed dirt and some rocks. Heavily treed, occasional views of Lake Tahoe. Make sure to sidetrack to creek edge on ascent to catch some lake views. Hiked week day mid-Sept. no other hikers; couple of bikers passed us, and saw others crossing ahead on a mtn bike path. Entrance road NOT MARKED off Highway 28. Turn in at Tamarack Lodge and stay to left, passing a right fork to a ranch. then easy parking at trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

As sad earlier- short and sweet. Was good for my kids (3 and 6)

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk to the top with great views and a loop with historical markers. Good warm up hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail with great views. Good for jogging up inclines.

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