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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
11 days 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
15 days 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
15 days ago

Bucket list material!

hiking
24 days 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
1 month ago

Nice trail, pretty easy hike.

hiking
1 month 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
6 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.

Nice trail. I met a few people. It’s between easy and moderate. My dog handled the trail easily. There are nice spots with awesome views of the lake and Carson city at the same time.

Long slog up the hill to start and beautiful trail down. Ticked all the boxes for a great hike.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Good fun and fairly straightforward for most of it.

9 months ago

Not a great view of lake.

9 months ago

Great for mountain bikes. Uneventful hike. Catch a glimpse of South Lake Tahoe and the stream at the end is nice but otherwise I would prefer some better views. It's an easy hike if that's what you are looking for.

long hike...the payoff is not worth it.

Great hike, although I would probably take the same trail, the one on the right as you leave the trailhead parking area, back down, as it mirrors the creek. The trail on the right that completes the loop once you get to high meadow, is basically a Forrest Service road that only occasionally brings you into proximity of the creek. I was really amazed at the amount of water flowing down the creek this late in the year.

trail running
10 months ago

Well marked trail if you keep your head up and pay attention (apparently this was not my strong suit today so I got a couple extra miles in). Good technical footing practice for trail runners. If you're prone to rolling your ankles or clipping your toes, take it easy in some sections. There's nothing very steep so you can keep your rate of turn-over up. Nice frequent shifts in the trail to occupy your mind while you're running. Fairly shaded for hot days. It was nice to see free running dogs on the trail but there's on water source so pack in their water! There's enough usage that you're not completely secluded, but it's also not so heavily trafficked that you're stepping off trail frequently for bikes. Only real drawback for us was that you could hear the highway still.

What a great hike, loved going thru the forest with the different firs and pines. Ran into some snow and ice, but not that bad. Wild flowers on the lower elevations.

hiking
10 months ago

Tough 3 mile climb from tunnel creek but absolutely beautiful and breath taking views all the way to spooner and past Marlette. Bring lots of water on hot days, pack a snack and plan to take a dip in Marlette. One of my favourite trails in Tahoe.
Be careful on narrow path along cliff edges, MTB tend to ride like crazy people. Only room for one bike at a time. Me and my daughter almost got run over by some speed bikers on very narrow part overlooking sand harbor.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hiking, lots of shade especially in the morning. I found 99% dogs off leash as well as my own two dogs. So no need to be on leash if they don't roam. Bring water however. No water source on the trail and the dogs get hot! Gave strangers' dogs my water several times as the owners neglected to bring water. Poor dogs!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Some excellent views. Moderately challenging for a beginner. Also being that I'm not used to all the rocks or the altitude being from the Midwest. Only did half the loop and then cut back on the road because of bike rental time. But great ride overall. Probably will help me do well back home!

trail running
11 months ago

Was great not to hilly but fairly technical. Great trail to work on time.

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