Burton Creek State Park, located on the outskirts of Tahoe City, is a 2,000-acre undeveloped park open for day-use only. Excellent scenic vistas make for an enjoyable recreational experience at Burton Creek. Six miles of trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail system throughout the park ties into several other popular routes, including the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Fiberboard Freeway. Access to the park is limited. Two sections of the park are classified as State Natural Preserves, granting them special protection status. The preserves were established to preserve a Sierra mountain meadow and a riparian forest. They also help to improve the quality of waters flowing into Lake Tahoe and provide habitat types that are limited in the Tahoe basin but are needed by a wide variety of species. Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the park. This includes autos, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

Lovely 4 mile loop trail. well marked. Closer to easy side of moderate. Entire trail on dirt forest road. Easy footing, mostly hard packed dirt and some rocks. Heavily treed, occasional views of Lake Tahoe. Make sure to sidetrack to creek edge on ascent to catch some lake views. Hiked week day mid-Sept. no other hikers; couple of bikers passed us, and saw others crossing ahead on a mtn bike path. Entrance road NOT MARKED off Highway 28. Turn in at Tamarack Lodge and stay to left, passing a right fork to a ranch. then easy parking at trailhead.

Pleasant, shaded, easy slope, double track, forested, a glimpse of the lake on the return section. Well marked trails with many options to extend beyond the basic loop, for e.g., Antone Meadows adds an easy 2.45 to the 3.9 loop, and not much more of a climb beyond the original 500 ft. Scenic Overlook would add about 2 miles. On this Sept 5 weekday there was nobody on this trail. Will do again.

Nice approach, varied scenery and wonderful views at the top. Well worth every inch. Wonderful varied fungi along the way. Great little shop...found fresh garlic bulbs, fun gifts and a great shroom fold out chart. Definitely on my “do again list”.

GREAT Hike although I got lost for a few minutes.

Very peaceful walk in the woods. There’s a grade going in but then it’s pretty flat. The brook was still active so that was nice to hear and see. We only saw five other people on a Friday morning in mid July. Lots of flowers in bloom too. The trail is a nice wide dirt road, and some places Rocky and another is covered with Pineneedles. You will not get a good workout but you will enjoy the peace and quiet.

2 months ago

Great hike! Thankful to have this app to guide us at the many forks in the path.

Enjoyable hike in the woods, with a stream running by, and beautiful views of Lake Tahoe at one point during the walk. The uphill and downhill portions are at the beginning and end of the hike, with easy strolling most of the way.

3 months ago

Great trail for hiking and mountain biking. If you are hiking, definitely be aware of mountain bikers coming around corners. This is a relatively easy hike in terms of grade, and the views from the top are worth it. We went dlightly off course, and followed a sign to "Lakeview Trail", which went up a much steeper grade for maybe 3/4 of a mile. Totally worth it!

Fun hike for our family, we took a few shortcuts to make it a 4 mile hike. Not too strenuous for our Michigan group experiencing this higher altitude.

3 months ago

Good hike and it is well marked. Nice forested area with several open meadows.

Great area! 3 or 4 trails that connect to this loop, very well marked. I saw a mama bear and two cubs!

Absolutely beautiful. Loved everything about this hike. Trail was a bit harder than we expected mostly due to climbing hills and the elevation. My husband and I are very active but from below sea level altitude.

Beautiful scenery and amazing outdoor views. Well maintained trail with a small stream that leads from a series of ponds. Would definitely hike here again.

Did not follow this defined trail as it was hard to find it specifically. Lots of well marked cross country trails that were beautiful. I ended up hiking the lake view trail to TRT with AMAZING views. The cross country trails we generally snowy & icy, glad I had poles for safety. Will definitely return during non-snowy weather.

Slow uphill the way out which makes it a nice walk back. Great views of the lake the lower part of the walk. Lots of snow higher up on the trail but all easily passable. Overall great experience for a winter hike!

10 months ago

Great hike. Well maintained trail.

11 months ago

Great for kids!

mountain biking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Love the trails. Fun many ups and downs. Beautiful views and everything is great.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Love the down hill

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gorgeous forest, excellent trails (width of a narrow road, but surfaced like trails), nice little incline going in. Couldn't have been better. What could have been better were Google's directions. Simplify it: look for Tamarack Lodge on your left. Turn in and go left when the driveway forks. You quickly enter state park land. Drive about .2 miles to the iron gate. Park & go. I would go again tomorrow, and the next day!

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This was a great trail but it definitely isn't an easy trail. The beginning is too steep for a teen beginner to ascend or descend. The first half is uphill. You can hear the creek for a mile or two but not really see it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Good easy hike. Relatively flat. Did first week of June and there was still a considerable amount of snow on the trail but hikeable. Good views of meadows.

on Antone Meadows Trail

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Friday, September 09, 2016

I expected more views but it's mostly Forrest view. There was one short part of the trail where you could view the lake through the trees. It was petty shady and that was nice. I did stop short of the top so don't know what the view may have been from there. It was pleasant. The only animal I sighted was two chipmunks! Glad I didn't see bears!

trail running
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great route for a relatively flat trail run

Sunday, July 10, 2016

very well marked, map everywhere .

Saturday, June 18, 2016

My kids and I had a nice time walking this trail. There were a few slight inclines, but nothing to difficult. There are trail maps along the way, so even though we didn't follow the route exactly we didn't get lost. At time we did see partial views of the lake & the forest is beautiful.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Super fun on a bike! Lots of quick and fast single track throughout the area. Pick and chose. Not technical or too hilly. Great way to get warmed up for harder trails. Maps and trail signs everywhere. Hard to get lost. I will be riding again soon.

mountain biking
Monday, October 05, 2015

Great trail. Constant uphill from town to trailhead (3miles), which was a pretty tedious cardio (for me at least) but once we were up on the dirt trails we had a blast! Tons of connector options that all lead into each other. Went up to the scenic overlook for great views. Well-marked along the trails, well maintained.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

turn in just west of seeing the Tamarack lodge sign, and go back past the Tahoe Landscaping to find parking. We followed by the download, which means going up to the right as you face the hill. A shorter walk might start by going up the left side. Most of the elevation gain (total is 6300 start to 7000 top) happens in the first 10 minutes (and likewise at the end if you follow the 17 point download guide.

We enjoyed having the guide, and as this was our first EveryTrail guide ever, didn't realize the wealth of information and description in it. We took our own Garmin GPS along to WayMark each intersection...but the EveryTrail iPhone marking/tracing was fine...there was at least a minimum of AT&T 3G/E coverage on this trail.

The 'pond' by the dam (point 12?) is not that charming, but there are nicer meadow views and rocks to have a picnic further along the trail. THANK YOU for putting together the guide. Hope this stays a quiet park for a long time. We did pass a fair number of mountain bikers and a few other hiker/walkers...but in general, we had it mostly to ourselves.

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