Best partially paved trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular partially paved 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 partially paved trails in Tahoe National Forest, California
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Top trails (5)
#1 - 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
#2 - Tahoe City Rim Trail Loop
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
#3 - Mount Watson Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 25.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note, the trail closes periodically to OHVs due to snow. This route is a mix of gravel, pavement, and asphalt in pretty equal portions and has beautiful views from the top.Show more
#4 - Bowman Road and Meadow Lake Road to Henness Pass
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 35.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Bowman Road is closed annually during winter due to hazardous conditions. Please see the park website for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=55462 The route shown on this page is meant for off-road driving. However, there are several hikes along Bowman Rd and Meadow Lake Rd. This road can be rocky and muddy depending on weather conditions, so 4 wheel drive is recommended. This route can be accessed from the south by Highway 20, but visitors can also access it from the north via Henness Rd.Show more
#5 - Tahoe-Pyramid Trail: Tahoe City to Reno and Sparks
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 60.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a portion of the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail that connects Tahoe City, California to Reno and Sparks, Nevada. It is a biking and hiking trail that begins in the forest and ends in the desert, with canyons, rivers, and stunning views along the way. Some stretches are on shared road with cars. If cycling this route, please note portions of the track are dirt and there is a set of stairs.Show more