Best beach trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular beach trails in Tahoe National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of beach trails in Tahoe National Forest, California
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Azalea Lake and Flora Lake via Donner Summit Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
This trail is a portion of the PCT between I-80 and Highway 40 near Donner Summit/Truckee CA.This trail is a great hike with breathtaking scenery and granite monoliths to play on and can be started easily from either direction. Mosquitos are prevalent in spring. Donner Lake is visible from portions of the trail as well as great views of Castle peak.Show more
#2 - Sardine Lakes
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 53 m
#3 - Upper Salmon Lake, Horse Lake and Deer Lake
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Trailhead is on north side of road into Upper Salmon Lake. This trail is fairly uphill for most of the way. Views over Upper Salmon Lake are amazing. Beyond is Horse Lake that offers swimming options. Just beyond the trail gets quite steep for the last half mile to Deer Lake. Amazing alpine lake with crystal waters and fine rock beaches.Show more
#4 - French Meadows Reservoir Campground Area
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
#5 - Loney Meadows, Upper Rock Lake, Penner Lake, Carr Lake, Lindsey Lake
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 6 h 44 m
The staging area as listed is by the Old Barn near the Loney Meadow trailhead and followed the signs toward Rock Lakes, Upper Rock Lake and Penner Lake. The trails are not super clear at the lakes, as there are several trail off-shoots that lead to various camping spots and scenic overlooks but if you know the general direction you are heading, you should be able to pick up the main trail without too much issue. There's only one point where it may be tricky and is where the turn on the trail is not very obvious. When you reach the Carr Lake parking area, you'll leave the trailhead on the road where the cars are coming in and make the first right turn onto another dirt driving road until you come to the green gate. Go around the gate and follow that trail down the wide switchback road which will bring you to Lindsey Lake. Note - there are VERY rocky areas with loose shale. Horses were shod without pads and we got off and walked those sections. Most of the footing in nice, but there are small scrambles - please keep that in mind if you are on horse.Show more