Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

5 days ago

Quick hike up the ski slopes to a lodge with nice views.

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8 days ago

This trail was fantastic! Very smooth ! This is a great trail for beginners and intermediate riders. You can now go to spooner summit.

25 days ago

*beginning of trail follows bubbly, gurgle creekside that is wonderful.
*connects up to the incline flume trail where presently there is logging happening.
*plenty of water for the dogs.
*mileage to incline flume trail at highway 431as a turnaround point is about three miles....so 6 total miles for this hike.
*mountain bikers haven, so mind the traffic.
*some terrific views near the top at 1.5 miles and 1.9 miles....a few more too...
*lovely way to go, and shady for a destination on a hot day.

This was a great hike. My wife and I found it challenging mainly because we live at 580ft above sea level and are just visiting so hiking at 6000 to 8000 feet is different. Trail had many lovely views. We saw mountain bikers and day hikers along the way. Only negative is that after you leave the lake halfway thru the hike the return part of the loop is hard to find. We had to back track as we missed the return loop and found ourselves on the Flume Trail by mistake. We did the loop counter clockwise.

25 days ago

Amazing views at the top, of course, made this trek worth the climb. The trail is wide and mostly a series of ski runs. Overall it was a good experience but I didn’t enjoy looking at all the ski resort machines along the way. You can find the trailhead behind the lodge at the end of the parking lot.

1 month ago

This is a great little hike through the trees with a rushing stream on the side, even at the end of a dry summer. The trail climbs from the Diamond Peak ski area to a high point, then descends to connect with the Flume Trail. At the top there is a very nice view of the lake. Well worth the walk but the trip up is worthwhile by itself.

The trailhead is not well marked and the Google map in the app will send you astray. The trail starts on the left side of the Diamond Peak base parking lot and parallels the road into the Tyrolean Village complex. There is no parking at Tyrolean Village, so park in the big lot at the start. Once the trail leaves the condos behind, it's great. Keep a eye out for bikers coming down.

Beautiful low traffic hike. Lots of scenic views, I would definitely do it again

Great hike. The lake and views were beautiful. We took our 3 kids and they had a blast. Ended up running down the trail. It’s definitely a challenging hike. But the views are well worth the burning kegs and lungs.

Trail was nice. kinda soft around some of the turns because of the bikes. Also, there were so many bikes we had to dive off the trail often. Just be heads up.

At the top, the trail from the lake back to the trail that goes down is very overgrown and hard to find. we started going the wrong way before realizing we were on the wrong trail. then it took us a while to determine what was the trail and what wasn't.

All in all, running the 10 mile loop took us 2 hours.

Nice view of lake at points.

This is a very large section of the Tahoe Rim Trail. I started off early in the morning and was finished just as the heat of the day was full on. Christopher's Loop is marked as "Sand Harbor Overlook" by signs on the trail. This whole section is very well marked on the trail as to just where the TRT is, sometimes determining it looking at various online maps makes it somewhat questionable. They've done a great job with this section!

as others have said, it's a leg workout for sure ! however the trail is mostly smooth sand/soil and easy on the feet. the views are spectacular and the feeling serene. I went on a Sunday and saw maybe a dozen courteous mountain bikers and 3 other hikers. trail head parking lot is small so I parked about 3/4 mile down the road at the beach area. also -the last little section of the "loop" after you go around the lake is a bit vague on this map (the red line) they have it paralleling the blue dotted bike trail. I just ended up walking the bike trail because it's easier to find.

It was hard on the first 4 miles and then just flat and beautiful. I totally recommend it...

2 months ago

We did the short version, about 3-4 miles round trip. We walked up to “monkey point” where there’s a rock that looks like a gorilla. The views were absolutely beautiful and we found tons of great lookout points with mountain and lake views. AllTrails rates this one as moderate .. we joked that it was Colorado Easy, Milwaukee Extreme. If hiking is not a regular thing for you, you’ll feel those inclines, but it was worth every step!

3 months ago

Hiked from the entrance on Jacks Valley to the junction at the top, roughly 8 miles. I started a little late or I would had gone to the top, an additional 3.5 miles. My whole experience ended up being 16.5 miles and it was great! Once you pass the residences at the beginning it was beautiful. Definitely a must do and I will be doing again.

As being one of the local trail builders on the Incline Flume project, I have helped complete stream crossings and rerouted the blocked sections of trail. As of June 2018 most of the hard work is completed, still much to do with signage and finish work. The trail is a real gem that all ability’s can enjoy, one of the only family rated Trails in the Tahoe basin. Many thanks to all the agency’s, the Forest Service, and groups,The Tahoe Fund and Friends of Incline Trails that made it all possible.

love the view ...not hard if you hike often...

4 months ago

is not hard if you hike often..

It is a beautiful trail, but the Forest Service has closed the Charity Valley Trailhead because the trail crosses private land. The trail now can only be used from the Grover Hot Springs- East Side Entry.
Also, the middle of the trail gets little maintenance and disappears occasionally, requiring some route fining

Beautiful Trail leading up to a beautiful Alpine reservoir. There were a few scenic views of the northern part of Lake Tahoe on the way up the trail. It was also a good trail for letting your dog off the leash.

Hiked up to the snow line. Too icy. Turned around and came back down. Did about 6 Miles. Beautiful trail.

great time will do this hike again

Beautiful views and a fun hike. There was still a good amount of snow cover by Marlette Lake, causing us to lose the trail coming back around the ridge and requiring some bushwhacking until we were back on track. Especially enjoyed seeing and hearing sooty grouse along the trail.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good trail.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Great hike. Didn't see a lot of hikers but did encounter a lot of mountain bikers. Was afraid I would get run over but they were always letting me know when they were getting close so I could move off the trail which was not problem for me. Bring water and be prepared for a leg burning, heart pumping hike. Awesome views. Turn left at the fork for a shorter hike if you don't want to do the loop.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Relatively level trail for this area. Fantastic views. Several crossing trails with unmarked intersections so follow the app's map.

Definitely a bun burner! The first mile or so was straight up but once our heart rates leveled out we made good time. The views were beautiful. On the way back we got mixed up where the trail splits into the Flume Trail to Tunnel Creek and the Marlette Creek Trail-it was either marked poorly or disguised by fallen branches and brush or we are blind. Probably the latter.

We had to blaze our own trail to get to the right path to get back.

Monday, October 02, 2017

It was an easy hike beautiful views of the lake and in another couple of weeks there wit be some great Fall colors. No complaints just letting you know there are no signs marking this trail and one of the junctions has multiple trails to decipher just be very alert this junction has downhill Mtn bikers clipping along at a pretty good speed here don't forget where you are standing it was just this one spot we crossed paths with downhill riders they don't ride the Incline Flume trail but the cross country Mtn bikers do they are much slower but all were very appreciative and respectful.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice flat hike. I’ll be back with my bike next time.
The red line ends at the first ski trail of Diamond Peak.

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