Explore the most popular off road driving 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.

off road driving
1 month ago

Extremely tough

Nice and easy for a New Year's Day hike!

off road driving
3 months ago

Fairly easy trail when dry. Views are absolutely stunning. Great family fun. View from Lookout Point is breathtaking. Would definitely go again. Loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

easy drive with clear roads. saw two other couples the 2.5 hours we were there. one driving down on the jeep road/path and one walking down. basically had the place to ourselves. kids had a blast with the snowball fight. stunning views that look like a fake background drop. easy hike.

off road driving
5 months ago

This trail should be split into 2 sections. The eagles lakes side, and the Cisco side. The Cisco side is a breeze. Not difficult at all and very scenic. Stock 4x4 no problems. The eagle lakes side on the other hand. Trail is very narrow, expect scratching your rig up. Have big wheels and armor underneath or you’ll regret it. The trail is steep and jagged. Managed to do it in a 4x4 Tacoma with 3inch lift, stock tires, but wouldn’t do it again until I was sitting on at least 35s and some better armor underneath.

off road driving
6 months ago

Excellent trail to test your abilities. Water crossings can be deep and swift

off road driving
6 months ago

long fire road. 4wheel not needed.

off road driving
6 months ago

not for the feint of heart or shiney rigs

Okay, let me first say, you CANNOT take your standard SUV on this trail. This was my first try at this trail and it’s a bit more than expected. There are a few areas, that I needed to overcome because of the size of my truck and the obstacles. There are areas with large boulders and trees. It is steep! One small mistake and you could damage your truck. Experienced people will find this trail easy. People whom are just getting into the sport will find this hard. If this is your first time on this trail, you will wonder when and how it will end, don’t turn back. Keep going up! When you reach the top of the hill there are two roads, turn LEFT it will take you back to the main road you first started. There is no cell service until you hit the main road. Good luck, stay safe and have fun!

off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail

hiking
6 months ago

It was really pretty! Met lots of cool people too and took home some gorgeous rocks

hiking
6 months ago

It was really pretty! Met lots of cool people too and took home some gorgeous rocks

hiking
7 months ago

Very rocky road to upper Sardine Lake watch your step. Great views well worth the short hike. No crowds during this September hike.

off road driving
7 months ago

Fun trail for a beginner like me. My first off-roading trip. The view from the top is beautiful. Worth the drive up there. Was able to use 4H right before reaching the peak then switched to 4L. Didn't use my lockers at all. As you get closer to the top, it gets steeper. The road is narrow but still wide enough for my jeep. Going down seems more scary than going up. I think just because I cannot see my line on passenger side. But I can gauge how wide my jeep is so it was ok. Set my jeep on 4L 1st gear and took my foot of the brake then headed down the steep downhill. The jeep did its thing.

off road driving
7 months ago

beautiful area and a great off-road Trail

Great trail! Nice view when you get to the top.

off road driving
7 months ago

Getting out of the Sacramento heat! Trail was great.

off road driving
7 months ago

Fun easy trail with some very beautiful scenery. Saddleback look out point is a definite must see.

off road driving
8 months ago

Fun trail in the summer time once the snow melts, amazing view from the lookout point.

We went in with a group of 7 and everyone made it up, would not recommend a stock 4x4 vehicle but if you've got good ground clearance and know your rig its a fun little run.

Large vehicles definitely not recommended.

hiking
8 months ago

We've camped at Sardine Lake for years and always make the hike up to Upper Sardine Lake. Saw this hike on All Trails which extends the trail past the dam at Upper Sardine. The trail at this point is difficult to follow and requires a little rock scrambling. We go past the dam but did not take the trail to the end as it was not marked.

off road driving
8 months ago

The first 200 yards of the trail is pretty much wrecked. Fine for crawlers and bigger off road setups. Not accessible any longer by stock 4x4s from this trailhead. Recommend you come from the other side of the peak via Cisco.

off road driving
8 months ago

Well travelled on Saturdays during the summer. Great mix of fire road and technicals. Some beautiful camping near the lake.

off road driving
8 months ago

We took a group of 7 rigs, one of which was a stock 4Runner (I don't recommend it). Two great spotters and good driving and he made it up. There are only a couple of sketchy spots that you might need to get out and walk before trying. We also continued down to Fordyce Lake. Overall a great trip. I wouldn't classify this as hard, I think it's more on the moderate side. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail wasn't to difficult or hard to find. A few people tried to make it part way with their 4x4 and I applaud them, a few did make it and were rewarded with some amazing camping spots. Wish I would have brought my inter tube to float The views are AH-mazing!!

on Sardine Lakes

hiking
9 months ago

Wow! Fantastic views and a great place for some kayaking or stand up paddling or boating. A very popular weekend place as well.

on Sardine Lakes

hiking
9 months ago

Great views of the Buttes. Lower Sardine Lake was highly trafficked with people/canoes/boats as it has a resort right next to it but I found Upper Sardine Lake much more peaceful. I don't think this trail was quite four miles. It was uphill but pretty easy.

hiking
9 months ago

I would not rate this as lightly trafficked, especially near lower Sardine. We got to the area around 1130am this morning and it was a zoo. Once you get away from Lower Sardine, things quiet down a little bit. We enjoyed some swimming in Upper Sardine. It's hard to beat the mountain backdrop for a swim up there. The trail is shared with some off road vehicles so you have to dodge a jeep here and there but it's not bad. Very pretty!!

Need a four wheel with high clearance to get past the first stream and then other water crossings. Lake is beautiful and even had some snow this weekend (June 11) Looks like nice beach and trails. I look forward to another trip in summer!

off road driving
10 months ago

Amazing views, gets less 'bumpy' about a mile into the trail but still a tough trail. Moderately technical, bring a spotter and some recovery gear just incase!

10 months ago

Beautiful view of the buttes!

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