Explore the most popular skiing 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.

on Donner Tunnels

5 days ago


Use the utility road for the initial ascent. Beautiful view on the road up. We lost the trail once the road met the lift at the umbrella bar. We went straight but I think we should have gone to the right at that point. We turned around before the final summit climb because we saw a cougar cub and didn’t want to scare mama. If you follow the path on the map, your descent will be straight downhill on a black diamond ski run. Beautiful view but tough not the knees.


26 days ago

Nice walk. Make sure to bring a flashlight. Some nice artwork.

No visible trailhead or trails after bushwhacking for about 45minutes at this time.

Very hard to find the trailhead. you can just walk up the mountain until you find the path/utility vehicle path and then go from there. Very scenic and wonderful pix over looking the lake. we couldn't make it to the summit since we didn't pack any ice brackets for our shoes. we got to a little under 4 miles when we couldn't go any further.

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

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

I liked this. It was peaceful & not busy. Annoyed at the people I did see had their dogs jumping all over my kids. Keep dogs on a leash out of respect for others please!

no marking of trails

Sunday, December 25, 2016

I visited years ago in the summer, taking the tram up to do some exploring on the mountainside. I definitely remember the gorgeous views above South Lake Tahoe.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

After a long four hour drive up from San Francisco, my father and I decided to do a short evening hike before Mount Rose the subsequent morning. We have skied at Squaw often, thus we decided to attempt to climb it in a different light- without any snow.

Turns out there was some snow. Some, of course, simply meaning remnants from last weeks' storms placed on the shadiest spots of the slopes up to Squaw Peak. The earlier storm also rejuvenated, or at least bolstered, one of the creeks heading up (see Photos).

This trail is not well trafficked. It's overgrown at times with washout on the rockier sections. Additionally, there are non-paved (wood shavings and/or fine gravel) roads that offer a safer, more established route to the summit. Thus makes it relatively difficult to navigate, though.

This trail is a steady incline regardless of the route you take. It's not strenuous, but be prepared to climb ~1,700 feet in a little over three miles. I personally recommend hiking poles to help with the rockier, looser sections of this trail.

Additionally, there exists cable cars (operational until 5 P.M on select days) available to take you down from the WildFlower Café. My father and I arrived at the top a little after sunset, and we were generously granted with a private ride down in a cable car. Amazing!

The views are the real pearl of this hike, cable cars or not. The outlook from the WildFlower Café is unrivaled by many others in the area. Lake Tahoe is visible over a stretch of mountains. There's snow at the Wildflower Café despite it being only October.

This is a great hike to test your navigating skills, endurance, and to capture great views. If you have the time (it only takes an hour, granted that you take a cable car down) I heavily recommend hiking it. Another bonus is that the creeks here are active, only if temporarily. Have fun!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The proper name of this trail is the Thunder Mountain Trail and that is how it is marked locally. The trailhead is just west of the Expedition lift. Not sure of the track shown.
The trail is the shortest but steepest route to High Camp

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

One of the most magnificent trails I have ever been on. lots of beautiful scenery every step, with plenty of places to stop by for a refreshing dip in pounds. it is for certain a challenge but a rewarding one once finished.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Parked near the bottom of Ski Run Drive and hiked straight up the road, onto the mountain. I only hiked about 1.5miles up and it took me about 40mins. Beautiful once you reach the top.

Monday, June 10, 2013

This is the BIG one, with something like 20 square miles of skiable terrain. I really love Heavenly. It straddles Nevada and California. There is plenty of terrain for every ability level. Most days there is beautiful sunshine and the other days provide a major snow dump.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A beautiful place with a lot of beautiful scenery. I came for a day and spent two weeks.

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