Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Hiked 6/20/18 with my 9 & 4 year old. At the bottom mosquitos were out, but disappeared after leaving the road and starting on the trail. Wish I had brought bug spray though. Poles would definitely have helped toward the top! Windy at summit but great views. Took us 4 hours with the kids but without them could have been much faster!

on Donner Tunnels

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail, uphill and unshaded until the lakes so beware of that. Lakes are very pretty, though you have to get through some brush to get to more than the first one. Trails around the lakes were often wiped out by the winter weather or fallen trees, and you couldn’t see or find these trails easily. Big snow patches were still on the ground in early June when I did that trail.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike. There is a little bit of snow left and the wildflowers are still in bloom as you aapproach the summit. Poles may be helpful as you get to the top due to the loose gravel. Super windy at the top of the peak in the mornings; however, the views are amazing!

hiking
6 days ago

Climbed on 6/9/18. Trail has decent amount of water running down from the last bit of snow melt. At the second parking area ~1mi in, there’s packed snow on the trail for 1/3-1/2 mi. Pretty much clear to the summit after that.

hiking
6 days ago

6/16/18 Got to the trailhead around 8 and there were only a few other cars on a Saturday morning. More by the time we left but not crowded. Still patches of snow on the ground in some parts but nothing major. About 3 hours round trip with a stop at the summit to make coffee and eat a snack. Beautiful hike.

Busy trail, but definitely worth it.

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome hike! Pretty steep going up to the lakes, but a great workout. The lakes are beautiful! There were helicopters flying over head every few minutes too!

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike this morning to top of Martis Peak from Brockway Summit trailhead (just below heading towards KB). Gorgeous views on a gorgeous day.

This was a good go, up to the three lakes. But, VERY rocky and rooted in sections. If you're looking for a decent hike to a couple of beautiful alpine lakes, consider the Azalea/Flora lake trail which TH just east of Boreal and behind the Donner summit rest area. MUCH better and shorter trail and the lakes are not as big, but very pretty and swimmable.

Kind of technical first mile ascent, but great afterwards. Went last week and there was still significant snow! It was awesome!

The top was super windy (50mph) to beware on windy days. There’s no coverage up there.

Early June, not a lot of people. Lakes are serene

I went on May 31st. Gorgeous Lakes. The snow is gone now. I enjoyed noticing the freeway get quieter and quieter until the noise disappeared entirely. I started on the trail at 6:30 am and saw no one for four hours. I loved it.

Did round trip in steady three hours. Good workout.

Awesome.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! Still a good bit of snow in some parts. Make sure your boots are water proof and prepare your quads for a good work out on the last mile of the ascent to the peak.

Very rewarding hike, lots of views and great water falls. The lake was nothing to special in my opinion. The trek to the lake is not to challenging, I’m not a crazy good hiker and I had plenty of energy to get to high camp. The trail to high camp was closed but we went up anyways, it was a challenge traversing through the snow. Do not attempt to get to high camp if not a confident hiker or experienced with the trail. If you get to high camp the Tram is free to take down.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike, lots of sun and up hill most of the first bit.

This is a fantastic hike, challenging, beautiful scenery, well worth the investment. The Hike to the Lake is a moderate to hard level Hike. The Hike from the Lake to the top of the Ridge is steep and difficult as there was snow on the ground. We made it to the top in 3 1/2 hours with a 20 minute stop at the Lake. For Hiking enthusiast this is a must-do and one you will refer to others emphatically. Bring lots of water, you’ll need it.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful, challenging hike. Be prepared to go up switchbacks, climb over logs, and trek through a rocky trail, but it's so worth it because the lakes are gorgeous. It took us about 6 hours but that included resting at each of the lakes and getting lost- trail can be a bit un clear.
No snow June 2nd, but a bit of the trail had a small stream flowing down it and was a bit wet.

Trail closed June 5-13 due to high camp! Don’t go if you’re general public these days :(

hiking
22 days ago

New to the area but this is one amazing hike! Only made it to the first lake because we started around 4:15pm and didn't know how long it would be until we lose sunlight. Made it back to the car around 6:45pm. Snow at the 1st lake but wow what awesome views. I can't say enough great things about this awesome hike. Jealous of the people that live close by! Bring Jackets, waterproof boots and lots of water!

on Donner Peak Trail

22 days ago

Great trail off I-80. Some hard switchbacks at the beginning but it’s overall short to get to the peak and view of Donner Lake below. You can continue onto Mt. Judah but it was not worth it to me.

Amazing! No snow, beautiful, warm, sunny day. So many waterfalls and places to sit on the rock slabs and just take in the warm stone and listen to the water raging. Totally dog friendly, many off lead. The incline over rocks can be a bit tough in places, but not too hard. The tram is shut down for repairs; the sign said it will be operational again October 1, 2018. Will definitely go back!

Yessssum ammoooozing hike yezzz

hiking
25 days ago

classic Donner hike with a couple challenges, some steap ones though. amazing view from the East tower which is the true summit and maintains the hardware to prove it. pretty busy hike on the weekends is the only downside.

The whole area is plastered with signs that permits are required nov-may 30! After driving here, we had to turn around. No information on where to get permits or how much they cost- this was a bummer :(

hiking
26 days ago

Really peaceful trail for the most part! Snowshoes aren't necessary but I'd recommend them for some parts of the trek. I was not fully prepared so I got stuck in snow in some parts.
If you look at the trail where it splits near the beginning, going left will take you on a road, while going right is more trail. I did this hike in early May so there still was some snow on the ground! It made it pretty difficult to see exactly where you need to go. At this time of the year I recommend going left and staying close to the road.

walking
27 days ago

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

1 month ago

Great to take your dog here. Great hike and easy for kids.

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