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great hike

walking
1 day ago

Nice easy walk even in snow with beautiful views!

snowshoeing
3 days ago

Great winter trail for snowshoeing. Incredible views and can get some very deep powder.

beautiful for a nice winter hike.

Recently I had the great fortune of hiking to Lake of the Woods with two of our sons. We took a chance, late in the hiking season, to travel a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. This wonderful little trail offered a variety of terrain, lakes and foliage. While challenging, in my current athletic ability, this well-traveled trail gives the day hiker and backpacker stunning views and beautiful scenery.

We had the lake to ourselves for two days. Clear sky and beautiful weather with temps in the sixties daytime and low thirties at night, made for a fantastic trip!

We will be back to this little gem again!

Rough for a beginner. Def need to have some semblance of fitness before doing this trail. Awesome photo ops. Did this trail 2 weeks ago before the snow came. Currently has a ‘Closed for Season’ sign up. Will go back when I’m in Chuck. Norris shape and it re-opens.

hiking
18 days ago

I hiked this from Vikingsholm a few miles down towards DL Bliss and back. It was a bright sunny walk along the edge of a beautiful mountain lake. Despite that I saw no other hikers on the trail. This was an amazing break between days of driving. So peaceful!

hiking
18 days ago

I was here mid-week in mid-November and saw very few people. The trail (road) down is unremarkable but wow... That's an amazing piece of architecture at the end. It's definitely worth it for that and for the opportunity to spend some time lazing on the shore of the stunning Emerald Bay.

one of my favorites

Beautiful trail - tried to do after a big snow storm and lost the last mile of trail. Still had great views and would recommend.

Rocky start, possibly ankle rolling. Very pretty. Pretty easy hike for a moderate but I don’t really know how they grade here! Lots of dogs!! People are nice.

Easy hike, lots of people, beautiful views.

The trail is seemingly impossible to follow, especially on the way down. The hike was definitely fun (lots of scrambling and adventuring on the rocks) and I would do it again, but it only gets 3 stars because the "trail" was so hard to follow.

Boring walk, but worth it when you get the beach at the end.

Beautiful well marked trail. Even though Round Top was frozen it was still beautiful. Wish we would have ventured to 4th of July Lake, but next time. Will definitely be back to see the wildflowers!

hiking
23 days ago

Thanks to an unusual delay in winter storms, we got to enjoy this hike in mid-November. Although it is late in the hiking season, we still saw a number of other hikers on the trail. We knew Lake Aloha would be drained, but other lakes on the way still provided beautiful scenic views, Lake of the Woods in particular. To see this one, you’ll have to add a small loop with a steep climb, but it’s worth it!

As far as the hike itself, it was not terribly difficult. I didn’t enjoy hiking on the scree, but it is par for the course in Desolation Wilderness. The trail is well marked; just keep an eye out for the wooden posts marking various converging and crossing trails. Some people had their dogs, but I was glad I left mine at home since it is primarily an exposed, rocky path.

All in all, a great hike that I look forward to doing again in the summer!

hiking
23 days ago

Enjoyed a beautiful day on this trail, unusually warm and sunny for mid November. A fair number of people were out today, but most that we encountered were within a mile or two of the trailhead. Lake Aloha is drained at the end of the season, so we missed out on experiencing it in its full glory, but the other lakes did not disappoint. Lake of the Woods is worth the uphill climb you’ll encounter after you visit, so I recommend adding a loop on to see it.

on Vikingsholm Trail

walking
23 days ago

A great trail to go with kids. Really nice views of Emerald Bay. We went with a 1.5 and 3.5 year old and they really enjoyed it, especially the beach at the end! It’s very easy on the way down, and steep on the way up (for just about a mile, so totally doable!) Arrive early for parking! Parking area is $10.

This trail is well marked and really beautiful. Round top lake is frozen enough that people were ice skating today.

Great hike, the rock scramble by the waterfall is terrible. Once you get through it evens out a lot and is so much better.

On the way down you can crab walk or butt scoot next to the waterfall for the first portion. Its a little dangerous and I only recommend it for advanced hikers. You get down a lot faster and its so much more fun than the rock scramble. Be safe and watch out for smooth granite. This hike is great and is really pretty. Goodluck and have fun!

You’ll definitely loose the trail a bit. Great swimming holes to explore near Ropi.

first I must stress , going up the Logging Road is very steep , pretty much straight up the mountain for 2 hours . I was not prepared for this from Reading other reviews and I cannot stress enough that it is very very steep all the way to the top . However ,it was a great hike, pretty views, my friend and I and our two dogs did it in under 4 hours. it was a bit chilly due to the time of year and the wind near the meadow was icy LOL. definitely wear layers this time of year, otherwise it was a good hike in a good day :-)

hiking
1 month ago

We started late not really planning on a hike but could not resist and the weather was great. We took our border collie who loved it. The high point of the hike was seeing a bald eagle! We will be back to complete the loop.

super super steep but so pretty... it really is worth the hike back up

hiking
1 month ago

An amazing hike with fantastic views at the summit.

gorgeous hike! especially when it's a cool 65°F. definitely recommend doing the loop in a counterclockwise fashion. nice little incline 1st half and beautiful scenery throughout. took our 80lb fur baby out and she loved every minute. 10/10 would go again.

Be warned that the sign at the trailhead advises passenger vehicles not advised, but the logging road is traversable by car and there are two separate parking areas, one on the right and one farther up on the left at the start of the trail. We started at 8:00 and it was quite cold, but by the time we finished at 12PM it was much warmer. We didn’t run into anyone else until after 11, so it’s quite empty since it’s not peak season. Despite the warning that dogs should be on leash, almost all the other dogs we came across were off leash. If you’re hiking with a dog keep your eyes peeled and be prepared. The meadow is a great spot to stop and snack before you continue on. Be advised if you’re coming back down the creek way that you should turn left and take the bridge where it splits off into lower cold creek, or you’ll end up adding a 20 minute excursion until you realize you’re going the wrong way. Not that we did that. Overall, a great hike with lots of lovely scenery and stops for photos.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike but more like 5.7 miles from parking area. Even longer if you decide to take the detour out and back to Donner Peak from main trail up to Mt. Judah. Beautiful views.

Definitely a scenic hike. Had a lot of different pools to explore and involves a bit of climbing. Great for a quick trip to a waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

The road to the trailhead at DL Bliss is closed for the winter but you can park and walk a mile down the road to the Rubicon trailhead. I hiked from DL Bliss past Vikingsholm almost to Eagle Point Campground and back. It was a long hike but not difficult. The views are out of this world! So beautiful, it's hard to describe. Fall leaf colors are bright yellow, and the lake in the morning has a surreal green/blue tinge. Don't miss this one during your next visit to Tahoe!

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