Best walking trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular walking 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 walking trails in Tahoe National Forest, California
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Top trails (82)
#1 - 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
#2 - Paradise Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
An overnight backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail in Truckee, California. Paradise Lake is a classic Sierra Nevada lake with gorgeous sunsets and a pristine lake full of trout. This overnight backpacking trip is easily accessible from Highway 80 and follows parts of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tahoe National Forest. A fire permit is required to start a campfire in an already established fire ring. You can get the permit for free at any Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices. Or you can get one online here: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Show more
#3 - Emerald Pools
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 19 m
#4 - Summit Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
#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 - Azalea Lake and Flora Lake via Donner Summit Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
This trail is a portion of the PCT between I-80 and Highway 40 near Donner Summit/Truckee CA.This trail is a great hike with breathtaking scenery and granite monoliths to play on and can be started easily from either direction. Mosquitos are prevalent in spring. Donner Lake is visible from portions of the trail as well as great views of Castle peak.Show more
#7 - Tahoe Vista Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
#8 - Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
#9 - Glacier Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
#10 - Martis Peak Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
A beautiful system of trails sitting below Martis Peak overlooking the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Open year round.Show more
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