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.

Lovely and great views of the river and the lakes. Happy I went with the dog. Great early morning hike!

Various terrain but nothing too challenging. At one point it actually looks like the trail is closed but there’s a marked detour. I just followed along with the map and it was pretty accurate. Loved the views and the different scenery

To add to the crazy stories from this trail, yesterday I was attacked by a nesting goshawk that built its nest right above the trail. A few good punctures to the back of the head. I would not recommend hiking this trail until later in the year when the chicks have left the nest.

walking
2 days ago

Nice and flat when you access it from up in the neighborhood. A little muddy in the meadows but not bad. Lots of tiny wildflowers.

backpacking
2 days ago

Awesome trail with great views and a few meadows. Meadows should be in full bloom in the next week or two. There’s still some snow on the trail in the sections that are in Paradise Valley, but just follow the footprints and you’ll be ok. Overall pretty moderate hike with some harder sections that’ll keep you entertained. I recommend setting up camp on the eastern or ESE part of the lake to get a great view of the sunset...or just make camp elsewhere and take the short hike around the lake for the views. If there are storms in the forecast for the next day be aware that winds will be pretty strong at the lake. P.M. thunderstorms were in the forecast the day that I hiked out, yet I was met at 530am with thunder, lightning and some sleet at the lake. So as always, be prepared!

on Donner Tunnels

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful!

Beautiful spot, but much of the trail is under water and challenging to find pass arounds. The app really doesn't help much at all. Still, we enjoyed our day.

Beautiful hike! 10 miles in about 4 hours plus lunch at the lake.

hiking
3 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.

on Truckee River Trail

3 days ago

Beautiful views of the truckee river. This is more for biking then for hiking. My kids handled the path pretty well.

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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.

4 days ago

I loved this trail. Started at the market in Iowa Hill, (Stevens Trail East). Stay to the right where the trail forks (about 100 yards from tail head) and you’ll stay in the shade the entire way to an absolutely BEAUTIFUL swimming hole at the end. Wear good boots, this isn’t a trail for tennis shoes or flip flops. *** Now I must pay tribute to PENNY, the local dog that literally was looking out for me the whole way. I saw a brown bear (50 yards away) on the way in and she kept her eye on it, as I did. The bear seemed uninterested and we went in opposite directions.. She chased away something, rustling in the brush, on the way out. She swam after a stick while at the swimming hole. She kept bringing it back for me to throw. We hung out about an hour there, and shared beef jerky, then hiked back. Loved this dog!!! She was truly a great little companion and guide, never getting too far ahead, always checking to make sure I was coming along.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a fantastic view of the lake! Accessible and well marked, this is a must for visitors to the north end of Lake Tahoe. Gorgeous views and really gives you a feel of the vastness of the lake.

Beautiful hike. Had a great time. But....bring insect repellent! Lots of mosquitoes, but still would do it again! I’d say easy to moderate. Well marked.

off road driving
5 days ago

Really good spot for beginners, awesome views.

trail running
5 days ago

Still one if my favorite trails!! Just went yesterday and it was magnificent! Definitely extremely hot in the direct sunlight, so I'd encourage you to go earlier than later if you're sensitive to heat! The shaded areas are beautiful, green and cool! The water is low, but still swimmable! The trails are all clear and easily identifiable!

Busy trail, but definitely worth it.

Just tried to hike to this lake. The trailhead was hard to find because of no visible signs. 4 rattle snakes were spotted on the trail so we didn’t go as far back to the falls. We camped at the lake for two nights and that was nice. There is a nice little camp set up along the trail that we took advantage of.

hiking
6 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
7 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.

Beautiful trail!

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.

I would highly recommend doing this tail backwards for backpacking. If you do the hike in the direction shown you will have a very bland underwhelming second half of the hike as you are walking on fire roads rather than a trail. There were also far better campsites around mile 4 of the hike doing it forwards.

The trail wasn’t that bad to follow. It was a nice walk. The way back I got winded because it was more of constant uphill but a very nice hike

hiking
9 days ago

This was an amazing hike! Perfect for intermediate and beginners. Lake was beautiful, lots of awesome rocks and colorful flowers. Highly recommend!

hiking
9 days ago

such a nice hike. great hike for the dog and the lake was amazing.

Great hike! Started the hike around 730 and was back at the parking lot a little after 10 with about 20 minute stop at the river.

Trees down and erosion at end prevented us from safely accessing the river.

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