Best kid friendly trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular kid friendly 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 kid friendly trails in Tahoe National Forest, California
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#1 - Five Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
SEASONAL CLOSURE: This trail is posted as closed for commercial filming during the winter months. Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness peaks just north of Lake Tahoe in Olympic Valley, the Five Lakes Trail promises dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, along with a place to relax, fish, or swim. Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible routes in the Granite Chief Wilderness, so you're unlikely to have this trail to yourself. Don't be disheartened by this popular hike, however, as the lakes themselves allow for quiet and solitude. This trail offers great views, beautiful wildflowers, and plenty of room for exploration. It's like a playground but better. Stretching is encouraged since almost all of the elevation gain is accrued during the first mile or so of the hike. Once at the lakes, you can take it easy, swim, eat, and lay out, or you can continue on and hike around the ski resort, or head west or south and hit up the PCT and other trails. Ample parking can be found alongside Alpine Meadows Road, both before and after the trailhead.Show more
#2 - Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock Viewpoint
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Great day hike off the TRT to the Spur Trail Viewpoint (Picnic Rock) often thought of as the best views for the least amount of work. Moderate gain in elevation with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding peaks makes this a must do short hike in the Tahoe area. The trailhead is up the hill from Northstar, between Truckee and Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe. Park in the lot on 267, or if you have 4WD or a higher clearance vehicle, you can also drive a ways up the dirt road across from the parking area to another lot. The trail is smooth single track and can easily be extended into a longer hike if you stay on the Rim Trail. If you just want to go to the viewpoint, about a mile in you will see a tree with an arrow shaped sign that says "Picnic Rock Lake View" letting you know you are almost there. There is no water along the trail, but there is a bit of shade to keep you cool on warmer days. Show more
#3 - Stateline Lookout
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 40 m
This paved trail begins in Nevada and ends in California at an old fire lookout with beautiful views of the Lake and mountains. Although this trail is paved, it is steep with a grade of 8% to 12% for much of the trail so it is not considered wheelchair or stroller friendly. It typically has a width of at least two feet. It may be too steep or narrow for some manual wheelchair or stroller users without assistance.Show more
#4 - Donner Peak Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
You will need snowshoes for this trail in winter! Road to the trailhead is not plowed regularly and so you may need to park at Summit Haus. Show more
#5 - Sagehen Creek Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Pleasant hiking although crowded beginning when weather is nice. Nice wildflowers and birds especially near the reservoir. The fastest way to get to the end of the trail is via the Hobart Mills Rd and then off onto a dirt road for a bit. Show more
#6 - Glacier Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
#7 - Three Lakes (Angela, Flora and Azalea) via Donner Summit Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#8 - Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail is a 4-mile trail encircling Sugar Pine Reservoir that can be accessed from Sugar Pine Dam, Sugar Pine Boat Ramp parking area, or Manzanita Day Use Area. Hiking and mountain biking are allowed but no motorized or equestrian use. There is a $5 parking fee at the boat ramp and the picnic area from May to September. Following along the Lake, once you cross Shirttail Creek, the trail winds between plenty of spots for fishing or swimming. There is one more bridge, over Forbes Creek, before passing the boat ramp and traveling about one mile to the dam. The trail will bring you back to the picnic area. Accessibility: Beginning in the picnic area at the north end of the lake, the first mile of the trail to the Shirttail Creek Bridge along the eastern shore is navigable for wheelchairs/mobility equipment and strollers before the grade begins to steepen and the trail surface changes from paved to a dirt surface with some rocks. This part of the trail also has an interpretive brochure available in the box during the summer months or at the Ranger Station. The paved section is typically at least four feet wide with a mostly gentle estiamted grade of 5% or less.Show more
#9 - Sardine Lakes
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 53 m
#10 - Point Mariah and Sterling's Canyon Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Great trail at the Royal Gorge Ski Area in Soda Springs, Ca. The trail is managed by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. It's a pretty short trail and not too much incline. The most challenging aspect is the elevation if you're not used to it. The best part of this trail is the view at Point Mariah. It's amazing- to the east is the Sierra crest, and to the west is the North Fork of the North Fork of the American River and Snow Mountain. It's incredible, and the wildflowers along the way are great, too! During the winter you can cross country ski here. Highly recommend this trail, it's a great one! Show more
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