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Great trail. Mild up and down slopes. There was a great balance of sun and shade. I can't comment on the views. Far off forest fires had created an incredible amount of smoke.

hiking
11 days ago

I was looking for a nice morning hike close to our rental cabin and this was the perfect match! It’s a nice established trail with a lot of shade and trees. Some distant views of the lake but not too many. I hit the trail at 7:30 am and only encountered three other hikers and a couple mountain bikers...so it’s nice! Recommended!

There are 3 trails from the parking lot on the side of the highway. We intended to hike only 3.5 miles on a different trail with an older dog so turned around at about the halfway point on this trail. Beautiful wildflowers, caterpillars and chrysalis made the hike fun. Moderate hills.

backpacking
22 days ago

Hiked this trail solo in 12 days. Easier than the JMT, but with the heavy snow year in 2017, navigation was a bit challenging in the snow. Resupplied once by Echó Lake Summit. This trail is a great introduction to thru-hiking.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Really fun trail, there is some traffic though.

trail running
1 month ago

This trail is a great, simple, out and back journey for a jog with a view! It has potential to link up with lots of other connecting trails too.

mountain biking
1 month ago

the 7 mile hike up to lake view was amazing. Fun day hike, a lot of bees at the top though. will hike further next round

trail running
1 month ago

Shaded and well marked 10+ mile trail run. Super fun and not too technical. Loved being in the trees.

Checked out this trail and did an overnight on 4 July. The trail itself is very good. Well marked and easy to navigate with a few uphill moments that’ll get you sweating. Not many viewpoints, but the trail fully immerses you in Tahoe National Forest and there are three meadows with tons of flowers. My issue was the end state at the lake. The campsite is free and pretty small so it fills up quickly. They also have fire pits and bear canisters so that’s nice. But the campsite is also accessible by car, meaning that over holidays and long weekends it becomes a party. There’s also an off-roading trail that goes through the campsite so expect to see lots of trucks and jeeps kicking up dust. There is also a strange amount of traffic that comes in and out of the site throughout the night. And overall it was a pretty dirty campsite, with cigarette butts and dog crap all over. If that’s your jam, then party on Garth. But if you’re like me and want some solitude after a long day on the trail, check out other lakes like Aloha, Echo, Clyde and Paradise.

Did this from Tahoe City to Brockway Summit as our groups first overnight trip. Watson Lake is the only real water source on this section. We were lucky enough to not encounter too unruly car campers at Watson Lake, unlike some other reviewers on other sites. Watson Lake sites have bear boxes in case your not wanting to bring a bear cannister on this section. Overall, great trip with great views!

Horrible night camping at Watson lake. Bunch of drunk people fighting. Nice camping spots tho. Id avoid camping there if you are thru hiking or section hiking. ✌️

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this but it looks like a great mountain biking trail. The first half was easy, second was moderate (more easy than moderate). I started at 8:30am on a Saturday and only ran into one other hiker and ~7 bikers so there were less people than I expected since this trail is so close to Truckee. Only one view point, but it's a nice walk through the trees. Perfect amount of sun/shade for hot days. Nice long hike but I was ready for it to be over due to the lack of views. I'm glad I had the AllTrails map since there are a couple tricky trail turns that aren't well marked.

As my first segment of the TRT, every step was full of adventure. Around mile 5, I ran into a smokey area where someone had a small fire that caught the pine needles and other mulch in the dirt on fire. When I found it, the dirt had burnt into a 6 foot wide by 12 foot long area. I called it in and moved on. There were a few wonderful vista's of the lake, but even more of the Truckee area valleys. So Much Fun!

1 month ago

Fantastic. Hard slog up the fire road, but worth every inch once you get up to the alpine meadow.

We took the fireroad up. Nothing to see there. Elevation was big, but not to tough. After 4,5km you reach the meadow.
Walk back next to the creek was amazing! Well worth de hike up! Couple of crosses with the water. Loved it!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Challenging bike ride! Make sure you read the signs, we ended up doing the second half of the trail twice. Lots of sharp rocks during the first part but it was lots of fun to go down!

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve tried this hike twice in the past, but was never able to complete it. As they say, third times a charm!! I finally completed it a few days ago. Though it’s a bit of a lengthy hike, it was pretty moderate, so no having to worry about major uphill or downhill. Word of advice: pay attention to the trail signs!! I almost got turned around a couple times!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Bucket list material!

hiking
2 months ago

Not ideal for hiking. With the amount of bike traffic you are constantly dodging Mountain Bikers. It gets better towards the Armstrong but only a little.

Did this loop counter clockwise which is what I would recommend. The first half going up the fire road was just ok, but the meadow at the top is one of the most beautiful meadows I’ve seen. There was a meandering stream going through it. Coming back down next to the creek was lovely.

Obstructed views of the lake at several points. Signage could be better along the way.

The way out is a bit boring but the Meadows and Creek are beautiful - well worth the trip! There's a descent number of mounting bikers along the creek, keep an eye out.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, pretty easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. It was challenging for us (but would probably be easy for those who hike frequently). Had a couple of nice views of the lake and a nice little creek at the end.

Tough climb but breathtaking views!

A nice walk, not much elevation gain. There was a beautiful view of the lake from atop a hill closer to the road. Not enough snow for snowshoeing but waterproof shoes are recommended. There were a few creek crossings. We saw quite a few dogs, a couple of people snowshoeing and one bikerider.

Great hike. Added the monument climb and got some great views. It was a little icy, but that’s this time of year.

As others have said the route up high meadows fire road is a “slog” unrelenting incline many portions without shade I hike this year round great snowshoeing in the wintertime. I like the ColdCreek route in the summer as it is more interesting and covered by trees

on Power Line Trail

trail running
8 months ago

Nice clear trail, just make sure you stay to your left when you enter. There’s a creek and a bit of a view of Lake Tahoe at the end, then walking back you see the lake most of the way.

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