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Nice trail, easy to navigate. Great for dogs !! The road getting to trail was pretty tore up ... recommend using truck or suv.

Great hike. Loved the three different "climates". Especially liked the covered bridge & oak grove. Dogs did good. Parking lot was full when we left around noon. Glad we got there early (10am).

Beautiful waterfall! Lots of dogs on the trail. Rough road getting there, best getting there with truck, Jeep or SUV.

One of my favorite hikes! If you are stationed at Beale, go out the Grass Valley gate and you will be there within 20 minutes. We have hiked this different times of the day and it’s always been great. Remember to put the chain back on the fence when you cross into the field!

Beautiful hike, took the whole family 2 hours to complete but worth it. We stopped and had a picnic by the waterfall.

Nice easy hike with a lovely waterfall. You can climb down to swim by the waterfall - perfect for swimming and a life saver considering we hiked on a day where temps reached 110! Well marked trail but getting to the trailhead was difficult. No signs and all directions we found online led us to wrong places. You have to also go on an paved road for quite some time to get to trailhead.

I love this hike year around! We have gone in everything from stormy and white out to hot and sunny weather. Sitting where you can see Donner Lake and eat lunch is a treat. I have missed the turn to the lakes which is not marked and advise using GPS. It is my favorite place to take beginners and kids.

A beautiful trail, if you go Left to start it’s an easy grade, but if you go right there’s a pretty aggressive climb bordering on moderate difficulty

What a nice hike to do during winter or spring. When all the hills are green and beautiful. Waterfalls are great. It is too bad that some people ruin the natural beauty with graffiti. The hike is easy and the trails are well marked. Highly recommend this day hike!

If you are coming from the west then take Spenceville Road to Camp Far West Road, then on to Long Ravine Road. Unless you are affiliated with the military, you cannot simply take Spenceville Road the whole way. Beale Air Force base gate will keep you from proceeding.

1 month ago

Great hike! Well marked and beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Good starter hike experience for families with young kids.

nice trail veiws were good the trail by the lake reminded me think of hobbits every rock and tree covered in moss

1 month ago

Amazing Trail here one of my favorites so far!!

1 month ago

We did this backpacking on snowshoes over 2.5 days - could have been two.
On the way in we followed this trail, and on the way back we went up the ridge route from the south-end of Paradise Lake.
The semi-frozen swamp with the invisible four-wheel drive trail at the end was the 'downside' of this trail for snowshoeing - at least on our trip. We were on top of the trail according to the GPS, but I have no idea where it was. At the end of a long day, that was the biggest downer of the trip - wet freezing boots and leaping creeks with a pack and snowshoes on :/ I recommend getting to the Paradise Lake sign early, and taking your time with route finding to skirt the swamp.
The ridge trail out, our ' I am not doing that again reroute', was beautiful, but also very hard work on snowshoes! It is a lovely area, and once away from the highway noise, a peaceful winter trip with the option to stop by the Peter Grubb Hut for a little Sierra history.

This time of year the PCT underpass is a knee-high frigid drain! Walking under the highway on the road shoulder from the SnowPark was much better on the way back.
Also note, for overnight trips you are required to park at the SnowPark, so remember to get a permit.

1 month ago

I chose this trail and location for my first foray into snowshoe backpack winter camping.
Before I describe the trip and trail I will leave a word of caution: don’t park at the trailhead anywhere during the winter months. You will get “snow towed.“ I did!
Despite that headache, I had an awesome time blazing Pristine trails through 8 inches of fresh powder, which had just dropped the preceding week prior to my Saturday morning trip.
Despite being obscured by the snow, the trail was easy to follow and AllTrails map is spot on.
Gorgeous winter-scape and views. See pics.

Beautiful hike not to bad of an elevation gain

2 months ago

Beautiful quick morning walk today. Agree with the other folks that starting L along the river is the best way to go. It's.nore like easy+. Hills and rocks.

nice hike cool road to get to hike no bathrooms at trail head wheatland is the last place we stopped there befor we went trail is not to muddy hills ar green lots of water flowing about 4 little waterfalls after the big one

on Five Lakes Trail

2 months ago

Although there were a few spots I wished I had yakttax on, this was a wonderful hike. I was amazed by the frozen lake with a snowman built on it. The views are spectacular.

2 months ago

Beautiful mountainous hike.

Great hike. The first 100 yards were a bit icy given the time of year but after that the trail was clear to the top.

My new favorite hike in Tahoe. Easy to find TH. Did not need snow shoes but haven’t had much snow the last few weeks. Very peaceful hike with very few people on the trail. As others mentioned - the views at the end were amazing

Easy trail and loads of great views

Always a beautiful and peaceful hike. It is nice to see there are signs now showing the way. I was disappointed to see that some jerks went and spray painted all over the rocks down by the waterfall. Why!?!? Seriously!

Great hike with stellar views. Have shoes that can handle snow y slush (it was a warm December day). Casual incline. Do it.

3 months ago

Nice short hike. A lot of switch backs since the start of hike is a very rapid ascent. Lots of slushy snow and melted ice causing wet boots. Need to come back in the summer since too much snow at the top to make it enjoyable without proper foot wear. Also no where to park except side of the road.

Signs that state: private property. Thankful to the owner that allows us to hike on this property.

There are also signs of Avalanche warnings!

You are in between squaw valley and within alpine meadows resorts so you’ll hear a lot of cars from the freeway and also pass by ski lifts on your way up. Don’t expect a private hike during winter ski season.

Good place for summer hiking but not for winter.

3 months ago

We did the five lakes trail hike with our kids (5 & 9) end of November and it was great. The trail is challenging when snow covered, but fun. It was just the right level for our kids. But you want to make sure to wear proper hiking shoes. The trail offers Great nature and views. The only downside: there are no garbage bins, so many people dispose their dog poop bags along the trail... or just leave their dog's droppings behind.

Rough road to the trailhead. Truck/SUV advised.

I highly reccomend hiking this after the rains the trail does not get muddy and it is nice to see the river running fast.It is a very safe trail during the winter months since you are a safe distance from the river but still have the views.

4 months ago

It was awesome!

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