Explore the most popular no dogs 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
23 days ago

I loved the first half mile - lots to see and an easy walk for old people and even the disabled. You can roll a wheelchair along without great effort and see plenty from the trail.

The sounds of Highway 49 could be distracting to some but we just accepted it and ignored it. The pond is truly beautiful!

Did this trail as an extra mileage add-on to an overnight trip on the Halls Ranch trail. I went about 2 miles beyond the junction of the two trails. The path was nice, consisting of relatively moderate grades along the ridge once the initial climb from the trail head is endured. The first part is relatively shadeless among manzanita, but that soon gives way to taller pines. There are some nice spots to see the surrounding ridges and also the canyon of North Fork of the Yuba River below.

2 months ago

Took the kids over the weekend & it was gorgeous out there. Very easy to find, but a little muddy. We hid Easter eggs along the way to keep the littles engaged & have a little fun

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, easy to find and beautifuil setting! Only con is that it's close to the highway so you can hear the traffic going by in a few spots other then that I loved it, the lake is very peaceful and I loved all the beautiful tress

Took my girl and my dog out here after a friend told me I should check it out. So glad I did. You basically hike the ridge all the way to squaw valley and it has amazing 360 degree views. Challenging but well worth it

It puts the pussy on the chainwax!

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy to follow trail with minimal elevation change. You either hear road noise or are passing behind homes for the majority of the trail. Definite highlight was finding the blackberry patches and eating all the ripe berries I could find!

There’s a paved pullout on the side of the road where the directions lead you to...you can turn on to a dirt road immediately after that and you can park along the dirt road too. The trail IS the dirt road for the first third of the ride...keep going straight until you see a gravel/cement small bridge on your left....at this point you stay to the right (even though it’s more like straight) until you reach a “roundabout” with a tree in the middle. You stay right at the roundabout and this is where the single track begins and takes you all the way back towards where you parked.

mountain biking
6 months ago

The downloaded route is not valid anymore. Just past mile 8 the trail is now rerouted at Ranger Smiths Cutoff. Fun single track but not moderate. I would rate it difficult. Trail is in great shape.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was found by accident after trying to locate Deer Creek Tribute Trail (which we never did). I ran into a sheriff who suggested this trail for me and my littles (ages 2, 3, 4). It was perfect! It’s kid friendly, dog friendly (leashed), clearly marked and an easy hike. We hiked to the .75 marker and turned around. Totaling 1.5 miles....the kids all napped on the way home! The trail does run behind a few homes and also parallel to Hwy 49 but that didn’t bother us at all. Only a few times could you actually SEE and hear the highway. It goes around a lovely little pond area with a few benches to sit and break. I have two criticisms. There is no bathroom so go before and also please pick up your dogs poo! We came across many piles of crap left on the trail, nasty!

This is NOT a hiking trail. It is a mountain bike race track with jumps and lots of dust. The hike up is on a dirt road with cars coming in and out —more dust. The hike down is the speedway. Leave this to the mountain bikes.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice day hike today. Wasn't aware that this is a popular area for mountain bikers. Some really nice single path trails, very well engineered. I'd like to go back with a bike. The hike was nice, up a logging road then it was necessary to bushwack up to the top of Jackass Point. You can see it good enough, just need to walk the 0.2 miles or so to get up there. Nice views off the other side, looking north toward Donner Park and Lake.

hiking
7 months ago

Great spot!

hiking
7 months ago

Great for a quick get away, saw a few mountain bikers and only 1 other couple hiking. Beautiful views at the lake!

One of my favorite trails❣️

hiking
8 months ago

Nice but more of a mountain bike trail. Lots of bikes but they slowed for us and were kind about sharing trail.
Directions had us arrive on 89 but keep going until u reach dirt road drive up road and trail head up on right.

8 months ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery. A lot of the hike is on gravel fire roads. Not as pretty as the single track, but still forested and scenic.

The lake makes it worth it. Walked around lower lake, tried to find the trail to upper lake by following cairns up the granite on the far side, but trail sort of disappeared, so we gave up and just enjoyed lower lake.

Lots of great places to camp around the lake and surrounding granite. Very picturesque. Will definitely come back for an overnight trip.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike!! The hike to the lower lake was easy to moderate. If you go the upper lake, there is a bit of rock scrambling and bouldering involved. You'll see stacks of rocks as trail markers along the way to the upper lake. There is a big rock in the middle of the upper lake that is great to swim too. Bring plenty of water if you go in hotter weather, there are parts that are exposed to the sun and you'll want to stay hydrated.

hiking
8 months ago

It was 110+ degrees in Roseville today, so we woke up early and headed up the hill. And it was a ton of fun. The destination lake was beautiful and fun to swim in, but we only saw very small fish (hooked into one using a fly rod). We also hiked to the rock peak to the left of the lake and enjoyed great views. There were a lot of mountain bikers in the area (Saturday so not a surprise). Great trail and swim for dogs, too.

Great trail and correctly rated as moderate. Nice stair climb section and the lake is very nice at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, definitely some challenging parts but the lake at the top makes it all worth it!

backpacking
9 months ago

Took my 9 year old daughter and 70 year old father on an overnight trip to this lake. My daughter gives the trip an 8 out of 10. We went to watch the meteor showers and saw about 7, but we didn't have a good view of the sky from where we were camped. The creek was crossable without getting your feet wet- August 13th. I only killed one mosquito, but it seems like there should have been more. Took us 2 hours 45 min to hike in with backpacks. 2 hours to hike out. There were close to a dozen people camped around the lake. Trail is well marked, but don't miss the turn to the lake. You can download that section in google maps and see where you are even with no signal. We had good signal with Verizon and T-Mobile at the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

8/4/17 - Hiked with my sister, my husband and our two kids ages 14 and 17. Beautiful hike through trees and on some gravel road (which is fine for group talking-while-hiking even though single-track is prettier) that gets steep in places so your heart gets pumping. It was fun to ford the creek, which you can do by stepping on rocks. No snow on the trail at all. The lake was gorgeous with only three other groups of people spread around it so we had a private boulder to picnic on and swim from. The lake was cold but not freezing. It felt great. When we started the hike I thought we were on a green "easy" trail so was surprised it was so challenging. Just now re-checking the All Trails description, Lower Lola Montez Trail is "easy" and Lola Montez Trail is "moderate." The trails look identical on the All Trails maps so I really don't know what the difference is. I would rate the trail moderate. And I would do it again and camp out.

Waste of time totally! Trails are difficult to fine, almost no signs - we got stopped on the trail at big flow of water impossible to over pass because no bridge .... we are experienced trekker but here we lost patience looking around ; we came back down to the car and left. Ski stations do not focus on trails but definitely more skiers . Thank god there are much other trails around lake tahoe to explore without searching

Nice hike but not my favorite. Mosquitoes were pretty bad (second week of July) and the trail was very sunny. Nice views on the way down of Squaw Valley.

hiking
10 months ago

I brought my kids to hike this yesterday. The trail was beautiful, passing a waterfall high up on a granite ledge about .75 mile in to the hike. Had to pass a thigh-high deep stream and climb over several downed trees. We opted for taking the fire road all the way up instead of the steeper uphill trail. Well, we missed the trail marker, but we're glad we did as it was pretty much like taking stairs straight up for a half mile. There were big patches of snow covering the trail up by the lake. But once you get past that, the lake was clear and lovely! Cold, but not so cold that you couldn't swim. We waded in thigh high and it was cool and refreshing. Hike back down was easy as it was all downhill pretty much. Will do this again!!

nice trail, well maintained with a lot of mike markers. easy trail to hike. we really enjoyed the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely hike. We went on 7/7/17. We forded the creek in bare feet. Icy cold, 18" deep, and wished I'd had my Tevas. On the return, the creek was higher, above the knees. The last 0.75 miles before the lake had enough snow left that the trail is obscured, so having a fully charged phone and the map downloaded and used in combo with GPS is helpful to stay on track. Lots of downed trees on the trail (not gravel road) sections, so a bit of scrambling and detouring required. Maybe Advanced Easy? A bit challenging for younger kids. Saw only one group at the creek, one bicyclist in the first mile, and one other group hiking the trail.

fishing
10 months ago

6/29/17: Hiked to Lola Montez over a rushing stream and over patches of snow to catch brook trout to 11". Catch and release. Had a great hike with my buddy Nino.

hiking
10 months ago

First hike this summer and unfortunately Castle Creek was running so strong we couldn't cross. So other than hiking a bit upstream (looking for log crossings) we only did a little over two miles. Probably late August or September the creek will be crossable and we can get to Little Lola Montez lake.

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