Best camping trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular camping 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.
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#1 - Mount Judah Loop Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Note: As of September 24, 2020, users have reported that the road is CLOSED at the summit but there’s lots of parking at Donner ski Ranch. Start from Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) trailhead off Donner Pass Road. Continue up to the Mount Judah Loop trail and Donner Summit. Wonderful ledges and views from the summit! Continue clockwise on the loop trail over Mount Judah and parts of the emigrant wagon trail. This leads back to the PCT and out to the trail head starting point.Show more
#2 - Loch Leven Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
NOTE: This trail may vary in difficulty depending on the trail conditions, such as snowy or melting snow conditions. High alpine lakes aplenty in the Tahoe National Forest. Located directly of Interstate 80 this trail will have you hiking deep into the Tahoe National Forest in no time, in search of scenic high alpine Sierra Nevada lakes. Because this trail needs to be tackled during the summer and fall months to avoid winter conditions this popular trail can get quite busy, but the hike still remains a worthwhile trip.Show more
#3 - Paradise Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
An overnight backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail in Truckee, California. Paradise Lake is a classic Sierra Nevada lake with gorgeous sunsets and a pristine lake full of trout. This overnight backpacking trip is easily accessible from Highway 80 and follows parts of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tahoe National Forest. A fire permit is required to start a campfire in an already established fire ring. You can get the permit for free at any Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices. Or you can get one online here: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Show more
#4 - Euchre Bar Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
This is the shortest of the nine access trails into the North Fork American River canyon, and the only one with a bridge over the river. It can be done either as an out-and-back trail to the bridge, or a rim-to-rim trail via Dorer Ranch Road, where it passes some old mining equipment.Show more
#5 - Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
#6 - Glacier Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
#7 - Spaulding Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 18 m
The beginning of the trail follows an old washed out roadbed for a quarter mile before climbing a series of switchbacks. The trail is mostly under deep tree cover along rocky ground. There is a significant climb of approximately 700 feet to the edge of lake Spaulding. In the spring there are substantial wet areas and small streams to ford. About 3 miles in you will need to cross under a large pipeline (penstock). Follow the pipline up the hill approximately 150 feet before continuing on eastward to the lake overlook. Alternately, follow the pipe line south to a small foot bridge that takes you to the overlook near PG& E's small hydeo-electric power plant. Return by the same route.Show more
#8 - PCT: CA Section L - Highway 80 to Highway 49
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 37.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
#9 - Warren Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
#10 - Palisade Creek Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 18.5 mi • Est. 10 h 26 m
An SUV is adequate for getting close to the trail head. Park at the warming hut and walk a half mile to the actual trail head. There is an approximate 3.5 mile rocky and bumpy dirt road to get to the trail head. The road is covered by snow until June or so.Show more
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