Explore the most popular trail running 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.

i'm in love with this trail. came in mid October, beautiful Aspen trees changing color, slow and steady climb up with short steep down to lake so after long uphill climb the first part of the return was challenging but then the rest of the 10 mile hike was all downhill with a little bit of flat so easy to power through. cant wait to do again next fall!

Great hike! We took a few breaks to catch our breath since we weren’t used to the elevation, but overall not bad at all. Definitely recommend!

As an inexperienced hiker who thought she was ready.... I was not. The trail was great, but it was a big bite. I didn't quit, and I will do it again!

10 days ago

Beautiful and Challenging!!

Will be back! Such a great sweet trail.cant wait to check out the lake in the summer for a swim after biking or hiking!

hiking
18 days ago

10-26-18. Beautiful hike (even according to my begrudging 13 year old). Amazing fall colors. Nice to have a restroom (well maintained, out house style) at Marlette, and real flushing restrooms at Spooner. Gradual uphill, not too many steep parts. We took the trail. Took us 5 hours. We hung out at Marlette for almost an hour for lunch, pictures, restroom break.

It just doesn’t get in prettier. I will do this spiritual walk Springs and falls for many more years to come!!!

I just took the mountain bike path all the way up and it was worth it. Fall is all over this trail and it’s beautiful!! It was decently busy with both hikers and mountain bikers. It was a windy day so a bit cold especially at the lake. Took cover by some rocks and ate my lunch on the water and it was perfect! Not a stressful hike, but you get in a great workout. Will take the flume trail next time, I will definitely come back.

Oops!....I did it again......awesome day....

Went midweek and only saw a few people. Not too strenuous and a great early fall hike

Went midweek and only saw a few people. Not too strenuous and a great early fall hike

Amazing hike! Not easy but worth every step! Was a perfect day!

Beautiful, good workout, but it does end up being around 15.8 miles. The last 4 miles is a steep incline which isn’t the best if you’re fatigued from the first 11 or so miles.

Beautiful. Loved the variety of plants, trees, and wildflowers. Doing it again soon before the winter.

Went with some friends who are training for a Whitney Hike. We did this hike in reverse. Started at the Granite Chief trail and finished at the sugar Bowl. They needed the elevation gain. If you do it that way, your elevation change is double. The added bonus is the flatter exit back to the parking lot (we ended at the spot nearest the train tunnels)

Please be aware, Sugar Bowl academy is in the lower parking lot, in Sugar Bowl, not the upper lot directly across from the ski ranch. Also if you end early enough here is s snack shack, with frosty malted beverages, in the parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Solo hike, started around 7am. Saw a bear about a mile in. Saw my first hiker (a PCT hiker) at 3.5 miles. Dropped down to Squaw Valley on the Granite Chief trail. Took six hours. Great views. The trip down Granite Chief was the most difficult on my knees being downhill and steep. Highly recommend.

Nice option for someone in good but not optimal shape. Pretty stretches, good variety, but lacked the spectacular vistas of other hikes in the area. Also, areas were very dusty. On the plus side, the mountain bikers had a separate parallel route, so the trail was very peaceful, though we did encounter a biker breaking the rules by taking the hiking trail. Boo. Marlette Lake was cold but not numbingly so and made for a refreshing swim. You can change in the bathroom by the peninsula. You leave the peace of the trail behind when you get to the lake because all the mountain bikers congregate on the little peninsula for lunch, but it’s lovely.

Great day hike. Best in July to September when Mule Ear flowers are in bloom. Beautiful views from PCT with running streams until Sept.

Such a beautiful and totally worth it hike. We went later in the day and didn’t pass too many people.
Bummer to pay $10 to park, but they do a great job with the trails and facilities.

Great Hike!!

8-AUG-2018

Great day Hike! yes the first 2 miles or so are tough, but take periodic breaks every 15 minutes or so and you'll make it. The trail levels out around 2.5 miles and the rest is really easy going. It took me 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the Resovior, and an hour and 30 minutes to get back without any stops. Overall a very fun hike, I couldn't see many views due to all the smoke but what I saw was nice.

* consistant water for the dogs.
* trail is only for hikers and equestrians. Road that parallels trail ( North Canyon Creek) allows mountain bikes- so trail was lovely and serene.
*purchase of the $10.00 parking pass to spooner lake allows free pass into Tahoe's Sand Harbor Beach Area, which is worth a visit (gorgeous).
* very, very pleasant hike.

It's Tinker Knob, not
ticker's Knob. Check the top map.

Great trail for all levels. Being a loop, you can turn around at any time. We took the trail rather than the road, which is much nicer and well maintained. Road is nice too, just be aware of the mountain bikers.

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!

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