Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

At the moment, this trail is snow-covered almost the entire way up. But the snow is firm enough that we were able to make it all the way to the lakes in regular hiking boots. Highly recommend making it to Upper Angora Lake, which I think is prettier than Lower.

I'm not sure I would love the hike without the snow because it is mostly paved road, but the snow made it lovely (and a good workout!) when I went yesterday.

2 months ago

Great for a walk with a baby carrier

hiking
3 months ago

Super simple hike with an amazing mountain lake at the top.

We just completed this hike. The trailhead was slightly confusing and we ended up having to circle back around and park in a designated lot versus along the side of the road. It was raining lightly at the bottom and that quickly turned to snow flurries at 8200 ft. At 9000 ft we made it into the gorge where the wind and snow was being bottlenecked and making this trail feel like K2 rather then Lake Tahoe. Visibility was near zero and when we turned southeast on the last large switchback we made our ascent slowly because the trail was hard to follow with 6 inches on the ground and we didn’t want to lose one another. It took nearly 2 hours to conquer the last 1/2 mile and the wind was blowing hard. We stayed at the summit for lunch but the below freezing temperature and high winds made the choice easy. We made it back to the gorge and the wind and weather calmed down and we were a little surprised to see that most of the snow had melted completely.

Overall an amazing hike! One of my most challenging yet! We left a WHOLE PACK of granola bars in the cache so if you’re the next hiker! You’re welcome!

hiking
5 months ago

If you can't find the trail head for this hike, it's because there really isn't one. Take the Armstrong connector and then follow the gated off fire lane to the left of Armstrong Pass. It's EXTREMELY creepy though. There's a fallen tree that has "Private Property. Turn Back" spray painted on it and a little bit further up a proper "No Trespassing" sign..But we researched it and the land doesn't seem to actually be owned by anyone. As you're making you're way up, past the No Trespassing sign there's a "camp". It has an old woodstove, old fishing poles and some makeshift gated area made out of fallen trees. We knew we were on the trail but looked at the trail map to make sure and it all checked out. Now the trail itself was great. But expect to hike almost vertically up nothing but sand after you make it through the brush. The view was absolutely beautiful and definitely worth it, just bring extra socks, lots of water and go really early because it's a long one. We didn't see a single soul on the trail, or any of the trails surrounding, but keep in mind the parking is really limited when it is busy. If anyone has any other info on this hike or maybe we went the wrong way (even though it all looked right on the map?) feel free to let me know.

walking
5 months ago

Short, easy trail. Some of it is paved and there are plaques along the way you can read about the environment. The trail goes along Taylor Creek and underground where you can look through a glass into the creek and see all the fish. Lots of tourists but a good trail for kids.

We hike this last Saturday. This trail we didn't find it. We took the Armstrong pass trail, it's around 17 mile round Trip hike.
It was a great trail. Alot of people doing mountain biking.

This is probably my new favorite Lake Tahoe Basin peak to bag. All around beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. We really appreciated the time and care that went into construction of the trail as it meandered through subalpine conifers and large Granite boulders. The only thing I would recommend, is to wear Gators or tall boots to keep all the little tiny Pebbles out of your boots.

walking
7 months ago

The trail was great except for the section that was closed due to repairs. We walked one way until the trail ended then back the other way. We all enjoyed the under water viewing area.

hiking
7 months ago

Started at the south end of Lower Echo Lake at around 10am. Took the PCT to Spring Trail to make it to the Peak. Spring Trail is fairly steep until you get to Echo Peak Trail and a bit hard to navigate. There are some flat steep rocks you have to climb. Watchout for wet spots. They are like ice. The Alltrails map is very handy here. The view at that junction is great. Going onto Echo Trail, it starts to flatten out. The Peak is wonderful and well worth the hike. I returned via the spring trail again since is was fresh in my head. I again didn't have enough water. About 40oz for me and the same for my wife. Ran out of water half way back. Ugh! Next time, 2 liters each! I hate being thirsty and its unsafe. I liked the hike due to its diversity in technical skill. At the top, the skies were completely clear and the view is wonderful. I am a very novice hiker and now can't wait to do more!!!

Beautiful hike bring plenty of water and snacks allow plenty of time

Easy hike out to the lake. Wonderful view of the mountains from the beach. Great place to spend a day and easy to get to with minimal effort. Stroller friendly.

Monday only had a couple of hikers. Annual hike up Freel Peak was such a challenge. Soggy mud and endless sand. But the last mile up to the peak was its own reward.

Felt so good I went to Job Sister and then realized going back up Freel Peak was even a greater challenge late in afternoon. Glad to be able to check those of my list :)

Smoke from the tragic fires did leave the sky gray and no too good for the air. Be sure to study the sir quality before you meet this challenge

Easy little loop with beautiful lake views

Easy trail for my 5 year old with the lake and mountains at the end.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail was closed about halfway through due to flooding. Still nice scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

Not quite sure what AllTrails is doing with this hike. The starting marker is way off. Look elsewhere to figure out how to get to the trailhead. I included two other peaks on a hike it was about 12 1/2 miles and 5000 feet of elevation gain. The two other peaks are Job and Job's sister. This trail affords wonderful views of Lake Tahoe And Nevada. There is lots of old growth. Definitely a lot of the trail is almost Sandy granite. Do you research and you'll have a wonderful experience.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely stunning views from the top at Echo Peak! The highest point is approximately 8900ft elevation. It's a tough hike over technical terrain, good hiking boots/shoes are a must and waterproof too right now. Also strongly suggest taking a GPS map because the trail is easy to lose once you turn off the PCT and head upwards. Alltrails Pro came in really handy on this one!

I did the loop in a counter-clockwise direction, and leaving the peak heading back down the mountain to the SW there are still many large areas of snow. Totally passable as of July 9, but it's impossible to track the trail visually in spots due to all the snow and water running down. Triangle Lake trail had a stream running down most of the trail also. The app tracked my hike at 8.5 miles and 1900ft elevation gain.

Wonderful trail. Tallac Historic site is free! Generous parking lot. Trail winds through the historic homes. Hang a left & walk along the lakeshore for fabulous views of Tahoe. Then, walk South to the visitor center.
Easy, no incline.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is flooded for a bit due to amount of rain/snow the past season, but it's still a neat trail. In this short trail you will see stream, marsh, meadow, and forest environments, which is very cool. We arrived late, but you can also view the stream from under it from 9AM-4PM daily.

10 months ago

Drove to the end of fallen lake road to get to the TH. Used the trailhead that is right by the fire station (This was where the fire fighter directed me). Was not able to get to the lakes due to snow. Ventured through the snow as far as possible after losing the trail and got pretty close but had kids with and wouldn't have been able to get them up the rock edge. Not sure where the previous person who reviewed this trail went but would love to know. Plan to do this hike again once this snow has had more time to melt. I'm sure it's beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely a hard, sandy trail. Also, I tracked the hike as being 6.85 miles total. I did this with a buddy in mid-Aug 2016. The first 1.5 miles of the ascent were smooth, but--until we hit the TRT around 9,600 ft.-- the journey upward was a sandy struggle. Having to constantly stop to dump decomposed granite out of my shoes every few mins until we hit TRT, it took us about 3 hours to get to the peak. Conversely, our descent was ONLY a 50 min slide down the same sandy slope. The views are well worth the hellish struggle up to the "saddle."

Be sure to bring at least 2 liters of water and a hat. There's not much tree cover towards the peak.

Note: There's a muddy section of the trail about 1 mile in... I suggest wearing waterproof boots. I made the mistake of wearing running shoes and had to deal with wet shoes (but, I guess, the sandy section of the trail did dry them up quickly).

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy hike. On a paved road most of the way. Best when the road is closed. Don't forget to stop and take a picture at the Angora fire lookout. Be prepared for snow on the ground the last mile to the actual lakes. Worth walking around the first lake to the 2nd lake where there was 10+ waterfalls visible.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Great hike. Great views. Went in early October and the weather was perfect. The ridge line before the final push is really beautiful. A more scenic spot for a lunch is tough to find. The switch backs next to cliffs after you leave the ridge are beautiful as well. Snow patches an inch or two deep dotted the final ascent. Definitely a great hike. Tahoe is beautiful.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Easy and kid friendly trail.

walking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great for kids. We went in beautiful October so there were big crowds about 10-11am. Part of the trail was flooded so you had to go out and back instead of a loop. American black bear was nearby. Bathrooms at the visitors center.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Easy hike with beautiful lake views. Sacredness abounds.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

beautiful views from the summit, the hike was challenging but only to where the trail meets the TRT... if you've thought about hiking a steep sandy trail, look no further

walking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Love this place! We come here every time we're in Tahoe. Nice walk on paved pathways and if you come in October you can see all the salmon in the creek!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

This is not really a trail but a paved road. It was pretty busy with car traffic. Might be a better hike in the winter.

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