Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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1 day ago

This was a great trail, well maintained with lots of berms and table jumps. You can pedal up on a good road which makes the climb very manageable. I would highly recommend this trail.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Rode this trail as a point to point. The beginning climb up from highway 89 was frustrating at points due to having to frequently get off the bike to walk up rock gardens. About 1.5 miles in the trail became more rideable and was enjoyable. The first couple miles of the downhill were very rocky and some sections required me to walk my bike again. The top section was a little too rocky for me as I felt my bike was taking a beating. The lower section was much smoother and had a faster flow.

Moderate hike to picturesque rocks with beautiful over look of Lake Tahoe.

Good workout, with a spectacular lake/mountain view at the end. The majority of the trail is devoid of lake views but it’s well shaded making it ideal for hikes on a hot day. Bring a snack to enjoy on picnic rock and if you want to see something cute, pack some peanuts and put a few out for the chipmunks. BTW, Be sure to take the “spur” when you come to it.

29 days ago

A very beautiful hike with stunning views

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1 month ago

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1 month ago


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. ✌️

Good easy workout. Worth the views.

This trail is truly a place of beauty during wildflower season. We tried to hike from Barker Pass Rd to Tahoe City but the road at Barker Pass is still closed. So we did an out and back from Tahoe City. I didn’t mind at all because the wildflowers are spectacular right now. My only issue is so much fire road and a lot of bikes. We started at 7am and it was quite busy.

1 month ago

Angora Lakes is a beautiful place. If you’re looking for a great beach hangout, even some cliff jumping, this is a beautiful little hidden gem. However, if you’re looking to hike, it’s very misleading. The app starts the trailhead at the bottom of the paved road and considers the 6.9 miles the trail all the way up to the parking lot. You do a very short jaunt to the lakes, hardly a work out. You have to pay for parking, and get there early because it fills up fast. As we were leaving we noticed the Angora Ridge Trail, couldn’t find in the app, but it was too late. We already lost our parking spot. Could hike from the bottom, but parking is scarce.

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!

Great trail. It was a cold day so there wasn’t another person on the trail. Quite an elevation gain. Arriving at Dardanelles was so beautiful! Great spots for camping too.

This hike as posted will require your GPS and all trail map to keep on the correct path as it isn’t marked well. The southern portion of the loop is very boggy and lots of insects. Not much in the way of views, more of a hike in the trees. Also, parking limited at the end of rawhide street and not sure it is legal anyway.

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.

Meh. The nice part was that the trail was lightly traveled even on Memorial Day weekend. The not so nice part was there's a reason no one was there other than folks walking their dogs: it's a boring hike.

Nice hike. Good and strenuous on the way up, great view, and an easy walk back.

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.

Nice little hike. Well maintained and marked to cool view. We just saw a few people and some discarded dog waste bags (eww). Otherwise a great moderate short hike.

Super easy walk to Picnic Rock. Great view of the Tahoe basin. Take a picnic and enjoy the sunny view. Good snow shoe hike in the winter. Could be 5 stars but copious amounts of dog poop require constant attention on the trail and detracts from outdoorsy atmosphere.

6 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.

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.

7 months ago

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

The view at the top was worth the hike, even for our kids who are usually grumpy hiking uphill. Lots of families with kids on the trail. The view made for great family pics.

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

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