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AMAZING HIKE!!

Pros
-Great things to see the whole way up.
-Finding the trail was not too difficult.
-Everyone is very friendly on trail.

Cons
-Very rocky terrain the entire way. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes.
-Very steep and not easy. Make sure to stay hydrated, stretch, and pace yourself. I didnt do any of those and cramped up pretty hard. I was lucky people were nice enough to provide water and energy bars.

Some people brought their dogs. I thought the ground was too rocky and sharp for them. Not a good idea if your dog is not used to that.

Worth it! Just dont be an idiot like me and prepared.

hiking
8 days ago

Tough trail, not a warm-up by any means.

Great Hike! Dont underestimate the difficulty level. Took me 5 hours to get up and 3 to get down. Got to the car right as it was turning pitch black outside

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.

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.

Scenic hike with a small waterfall along the way and some very scenic views of the lake. Beautiful colors on the lake as it gets later in the evening.

Beautiful and scenic hike

Nice, slow climb for about an hour. It’s not too challenging, but it makes you breathe hard. Well maintained trail and beautiful views of the lake and South Shore. Mountain bikers flying down the hill are dangerous and a nuisance what with the dogs on the trail. Be prepared to pull your dog off the trail in a heartbeat. It’s not exactly relaxing.

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!

Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. A nice waterfall with ice on the edges of the stream. Not a lot of wildlife. Annoying mountain bikers for whom you have to step off the trail. It seemed possible to take the Tahoe Rim Trail south to the Gondola and then ride it down, but we didn't attempt it.

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 :-)

Great hike. It was a little longer, but worth every step. The most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. Go early in the morning to be beat the crowds. Brings at least 2 L of water if you’re an experienced hiker. Go all the way to the top! Definitely bring proper gear, food & plenty of water.

hiking
24 days ago

moderate to hard hike..harder on descent then cardio on way up as a lot of shale on trail..where as elevation gain is gradual..thighs will feel it on way down..trekking poles not my thing at this stage..but be sure of footing due to rocks..couple spots trail does somewhat disappear..but not hard to rediscover..fantastic weather for mid November and great views..at summit as well as ridgeline at start along fallen leaf lake..couple smaller lakes along way up for h20..but overall I would rate it moderate..and Jessie hope u were ok on descent..

Challenging hike. Wear proper gear and bring food, and water. When hiking in the fall or winter, start early or you will be hiking in the dark. It can take 5 to 7 hours to complete for an average hiker while taking time to appreciate the views of Lake Tahoe, Fall Leaf Lake and the surrounding evergreen forests

hiking
24 days ago

The road to the trailhead for this hike is closed this time of year, so park when you get to the locked gate and then either walk on the road or take a loop trail around Wright’s Lake to find the start of the trail. It’s really beautiful this time of year, and not very busy. The trail is hard to follow at times, but you can keep your bearings by the prominent peaks and rock formations, plus the cairns, as you hike. Highly recommend!

hiking
29 days ago

What a hidden gem! This hike was a gorgeous trek through Desolation Wilderness across huge slabs of sparkling granite. At this time of year, the lakes were frozen, but so clear you could see through to the bottom. The views were spectacular even though it was a bit smoky due to a wildfire elsewhere in California. The trail can be difficult to keep track of, especially in the open granite areas. Keep an eye out for cairns to mark the way. While it wasn’t too strenuous, there was some loose talus and shale, making me wish I had my trekking poles on the way down. It is clear that this area is popular in the peak season, so we were happy to have the trail almost entirely to ourselves!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike! I was glad I wore my hiking boots for this. The trail is rocky as everyone says but is a gradual ascent and not too steep. Our moving time was just over 4.5 hours total, going at a steady, moderate pace. I recorded it with photos. It took us 2.5 hours to ascend and 2 to descend - due to the rocky trail, be careful to leave plenty of time for the descent, especially in the fall and winter with shorter periods of daylight and cold temps once the sun goes down. We spent about 45 minutes on top and took many photos along the way. So far, this is my favorite Tahoe hike because of the near constant spectacular views!

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing! I only give it 4 stars because of lack of trail markers! Pay attention and it is so worth it! This has been on my bucket list and very rewarding! Not as hard as I imagined ! Take nuts for the over friendly chipmunks at the top:)

hiking
1 month ago

The rockiest trail ever!!! Amazing views, friendly hikers and so many rocks. Made soup at the top and took in the views!! Take plenty of water and or filter. A few lakes you can filter water from up there. Also take some snacks and trekking poles. Steep incline that’s hard on the knees after ascending/descending. Saw a chipmunk.

One of the most amazing hikes I have done this season and with the most spectacular views too. I highly recommend this hike if your up in the Lake Tahoe area.

Great hike. Make sure to get out early because it gets busy.

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.

Like previously stated the end was anticlimactic. It ends at a fork in the road. However, there was nice views.

Really beautiful. Not too busy, lots of friendly people on the trail. The end was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion because it didn’t offer as beautiful views as the earlier part of the trail. Lovely hike though.

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.

on Mount Tallac Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Yes, there were a lot of loose rocks covering a majority of the trail, but I didn’t think this trail was as hard as some people have described it. Definitely would do it again!

Nicely maintained trail. Only took it up to the first waterfall and it was a nice route that can be done in an hour. Great view over south lake tahoe at the Vista Point only a couple hundred vertical feet up the trail

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