Explore the most popular Bird Watching 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.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Excellent trail, great views and some fun rock scrambling. Lots of options to even make a loop using PCT

Beautiful hike, lakes were great places to stop and enjoy. Plenty of shade, trail was hard to follow but not a bad place to get lost for a bit.

hiking
1 day ago

It was a dope trail. The end was definitely not a trail, just rocks, but very beautiful

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail! The lookout at the bend is incredible. Tons of dogs!!!!

Great short hike. Trail is slippery from all the fallen leaves for the first mile. Unfortunately, the river has turned green and was filled with algae. My pup was super sad. There is a fresh water supply coming out of the mountain into a gutter near the two camp sites.

hiking
5 days ago

Great short morning hike uphill with wonderful views. Great start to our day!

moderate,no shade,good workout..

hiking
6 days ago

First: if you plan to go all the way out and back, I’m not your reviewer. We did 3 miles of this trail. First- it is pretty shaded and was great on a 75 degree day! Second- read the other reviews and take heed. You are descending mostly the whole way into the canyon and then ascending on the way out. Oof! Worth it but be prepared and save your energy/ plan your time to get back out. Third- road noise. Pretty close to the road at first. Very wide trail. Lots of traffic. We enjoyed the boulders and springs. Scenic. Definitely moderate. Lots of insects/ gnats/ mosquitos.

This is a great hike. Very beautiful landscape. It is a bit treacherous with a steep mountain climb and descent. Very scenic. From the mountain you can see squaw valley. It takes several hours so come early-also the sun sets early because of the position of the mountain. It is doable. My 5 year old did it with us, but you must bring snacks, plenty of water, etc.

Great trail on a warm fall day.

Beautiful and well traveled trail. I will do it again.

Fun trail, a lot of climbing but the payoff is worth it at the summit. We went in early November and there wasn’t much water in the culverts or on the trail.

we had a great little adventure on this hike! It's November 10th so there were no bugs and the weather was perfect and an app and beer at Donner Ski Resort after. I suggest you follow the trail online or it's hard to follow! luckily we did follow the redline and stayed on track.

Would recommend for kids and dogs. Lots of bathroom options. about 1.5 mile in on trail from the parking lot it starts going straight up.... remaining mile goes straight up before reaching the waterfall. I didn’t count on that so I had to turn back. Took me about a hour for 2 miles there and back

Flat and easy. Some views of creek. Can walk to edge of Stampede at the end. Good warm up hike to get acclimated. Not good for trail bikes. Good for little old ladies and dogs.

This is a classic Tahoe hike, with a rewarding panoramic view of the lake. It is close in to town and a nice easy distance. It is a popular trail, so it can be a little crowded. Well worth your time!

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

3 Loch Leaven Lakes are pretty. Some parts of trail are difficult. Need more signs.

Did this trail on Nov. 8, 2019 and it was in excellent condition. A bit rocky at first but not icy on this particular weekend. Gorgeous views of Donner Lake.

First ride on Jellystone with Davo and John. Day earlier we road South Shore Angora Trail head.

Great trail, if you’re slightly out of shape as I am, I would have rated it a moderate to hard hike. The trail gets skinny and dry around the top of the mountain. Great views. Took me a little over 3 hours and I was a bit sore the next day. Would totally do it again! The only issue is, theres barely any signs so I had to backtrack to get back on the right trail near the end.

Great hike. Not difficult at all. Got on the trail at about 8:45 and not very many people. By the time we did the loop and were walking back to the trailhead, a lot more people. Would recommend getting there earlier to avoid the crowds.

hiking
8 days ago

Well maintained trail, easy to follow. Slow but steady up/down hill with a lot of flatter bits, a few places were a little rocky but nothing too bad. Lots of mountain bikers and a few trail runners, no other hikers. Made it about 4 miles in before deciding to turn back. Meh scenery, not terrible but not breathtaking either. Seems great for mountain biking, but there are better trails around for hikers. Would maybe be a good trail for beginner hikers looking to break in their bodies/gear.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail, on a great day, temp about 80. Views were worth it.

great, quick, morning hike. beautiful views and excellent weather.

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

on Sawtooth Loop Trail

mountain biking
rocky
9 days ago

beautiful forest but way too rocky for a beginner mountain biker. after falling very hard on a rock i realized this ride is perfect for someone with more technical experience and mountain biking experience.Perfect actually for them.

hiking
rocky
11 days ago

All types of terrain: soft forest floor, packed dirt, loose rock, and boulders. While well marked, the trail is not well labeled.

Trail is very dusty and rocky. It’s a good workout on the way up and worth the view. The way down is a lot easier, but watch out for the rocks.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Excellent views, beautiful boulders and granite cliffs. We took the trail to the giant moraine with an overlook of the yuba river canyon. Some spots are hard to find on the hard rock trail as we got lost off the trail a few areas.

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