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hiking
11 days ago

This is a short but steep hike, well marked trailhead at the base. Went on a January morning, and it had been in the 60s the days before. That resulted in the base of the trail and the entire upper 1/3 of the trail being solid ice. There was some scant snow to use as well as small boulders and scrub brush to grab onto. I saw two people coming down before me and then 3 more coming up after. Everybody was slipping and had a fall or two. I was glad to be by myself and not have my dogs for they would have pulled me right down!
At the top is an utterly stunning and secluded vista of the entire lake and surrounding mountains. It was simply breathtaking. A little treasure. Be careful on windy days, it was gusting over 50-60 mph up there and nearly blew me (a quite substantial woman) right off the edge. It was quiet and I spent a lovely 20 minutes just enjoying the view.

18 days ago

GREAT!

greak hike o did in the sumer would be much better in th spring when wild flowers or out

1 month ago

Great walk with the dogs. Went in December. So little snow.

A challenging hike if you're not accustomed to altitude. About 8k ft at top with nearly 2k ft elevation gain from start to finish. bring lots of water and snacks. It's beautiful with varied terrain and a tram ride back down.

hiking
1 month ago

15 minutes to get to the top, found parking easy on a Tuesday afternoon. A lot of small families and people younger than 5. Great lunch spot

Super fun hike with my mom, my 8 year old, and carrying my 4 month old. We went only about 1.8 in before turning back. I didn’t know what to expect with the “falls” and found it to be jaw dropping. Look for trail markers on trees to stay on trail. Beautiful views of lake as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Jeff Olson (11-7-18, Wednesday): From the campsite at Foresthill Road it is just under 1 mile to the beginning of the trail where there is a metal box where you can put on paper your experience for others to read. The trail is down from the box to the right. This trail was cleared Spring 2018; downed trees and blackberry bushes were cleared all the way to the river. The trail has a pretty steady grade of 20-40 degrees all the way down, a little steeper closer to the river. I took 2 hours going down, taking my time. It took me 2.8 hours back up, much harder! I didn't go up-river past the makeshift campsite at the end of this trail at the river. So I don't know if the trail upstream is clear of bushes, etc. No mosquitoes but gnats in abundance. A warm Fall season up to now, with barely freezing temperatures at night. I fished a little and caught a small trout. Easy with a pheasant tail nymph fly; released back into the river. A nice day-hike but strenuous. Once you reach the river, the big rocks just downstream a few hundred feet offer a nice place to relax, get some sun and swim or fish. Access to the river from the trail is very steep with few places to get down safely; one spot by the makeshift campsite. The miners cabin just past and up a few hundred feet from the makeshift campsite is well preserved and interesting to see. I saw nobody on or near the trail all day. One small creek about 1/3 the way down had a little water running; enough to filter if needed. I recommend 2 liters of water per person as you head up the trail from the river. No snakes, deer or bears seen. A nice day hike for the hardy hikers.

hiking
2 months 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.

Did this hike by myself with my dog. Very easy and enjoyable. Did it mid October and saw not one person. There were times where I thought I was off trail, so make sure to load the map to your phone beforehand as there is no service out there (Verizon). I did the loop counter clockwise. It met up with the PCT and I took a right where it eventually crossed over a bridge to a waterfall. Once you get to the dead end where it meets the gravel road, take a right and you will later meet back up at the campground. Highly recommend doing it in the fall with all the beautiful fall foliage.

walking
2 months ago

*quite a lot of this trail is on gravel road.
*lots of mountain bikes on trail.
*road noise for a long time on the walk.
*water for the dogs.
*would be nice shade in the hot months.
*lake was nice- people catching fish.
*nice.

We did this trail mid October and the fall colors were spectacular! There were spots where the trial was not so clear, the sights were surely worth it. The falls and swimming holes looked so inviting and beautiful. I would suggest just keeping your eyes open for rock stacking, ribbon, and tree markers if you choose to do this hike.

Ridgewalks galore! If you can handle skinny catwalks and some wind, the views never disappoint. I stopped for lunch by the Benson Hut. It’s beautiful out there!

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. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Took the trail to the falls then detoured up a lot of rocks to the top of the falls back down and to the lake. Simply beautiful.

easy and dog friendly.

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.

Superb view of the lake.

the first part of the trail is good for all ages due to it is flat and just a nice walk through the old train tunnels. However the loop part is definitely for more experience and for people that are in shape. If you are not experience tour in shape you can still do the loop but be advised that it is climbing a hillside. But over all is was a wonderful hike and my group had a good time.

I love this hike! It involves the Donner train tunnels and the China wall of the Sierra! I love getting some history with my hike. Oh and don’t forget to see the petroglyphs near the bottom!

walking
3 months 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.

6/8/18 - Stunning. Quite lovely trail with so much to see. We did not want to leave Fordyce Falls as it was so pretty and relaxing. Water was far too cold to swim in but our feet enjoyed a dip

hiking
3 months 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

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3 months ago

You definitely need a 4x4 to get to the main trailhead. If not you can park at the first tower. It's only about 400 yards from there. It's seven miles from the trailhead to the main north fork Bridge. There are several camp sites there. The main waterfall is about 100 yards past the north fork Bridge.

Challenging but amazing.

hiking
3 months 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.

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