Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Toiyabe 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.

Great hike, awesome views. Lots of mountain bikers so be conscientious and aware of your surroundings. Ran into several snakes today on the trail so if you have dogs, keep an eye out.

the waterfall wasn't worth it.

beautiful hike. can have ice chutes on several parts of the trail into early summer.

Beautiful little creekside trail. We only went 1.7 mi before turning back. Narrow and several mountain bikers, but there is plenty of room to share.

elevation gets very high but beautiful hike!!

Loved this hike, but it was definitely an advanced hike, and the trails are hard to follow or know where to even start. You really need to do your homework on this one so that you know where you are before you head up the mountain.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Amazing views, great trail. We hiked this from Carson pass and it was about 12-14 miles total. Even in the middle of summer, there were snow here and there and it got pretty cold at night. During the day it was great and people were coming up to fish in the lake. Beautiful spot, we will be going back

snowshoeing
4 months ago

First time out with snow shoes. Didn't make it to the top as trail was cut into steep ravine and snowed over completely. Still had a blast and was pretty.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike

Take the upper Trail to the top. Lower Trail is a dirt road.

We parked at the reservoir and took the trail to the left off the dirt road for a nicer hike then just following the dirt road had to offer. It was very cold down in the canyon as we followed the creek for the first mile. We only passed one mountain biker as we went midweek. Very scenic views and we had the perfect day for high visibility. The terrain was nice as we went from a canyon creek, mountain views, and tree lines. We decided to make this trail a loop instead of an out and back. At the end of the trail we followed the washed out road down to Canyon Creek Road and got a ride back to the water tower. Overall total today was 10.2 miles.

Beautiful country

It was still a bit snowy and slippery when I went in mid July so be prepared

I LOVE this hike. Although it's 10+ miles, it does not feel terrible. The ground is not nearly as rough as some other peaks (Mt. Tallac, for example), and the vegetation reaches higher up in elevation as well.

Hiked this on the 9th of November 2017. There is no snow on the trail until almost 9000 ft and even then the snow is minimal. There are plenty of places to hike on the way up crown but I recommend pushing all the way to crown. The lake is gorgeous and worth the trip. We were the only people on the lake due to the time of year which made it even better. It got cold at night but not unbearable. This was by far one of the best backpacking experiences I've had in the Sierras. The trail is easy to follow and not too strenuous.

6 months ago

Great hike during the week but too many hikers on the weekend. Fairly easy until the final hike up Mt Rose proper. Take a jacket-the top can get chilly. Great hike and views if the fog is off the top and no smoke is in the area. My pedometer said 10.7 round trip two times in a row.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, gets pretty cold in the shade and especially at the summit with all the wind. Recommend something to cover face towards the summit.

With every step you take on this trail you are lead to heaven ! A little over 10 miles and 6.5 hours . One foot in front of the other ! Trail is clear with little to no snow. Till next year Rose....

No bugs on this trip. Great little side hike to the waterfall but no signs. Follow the previous posted map. Just fallow the little odd shoot trail through the meadow and then it goes up left and is the horse trail that follows the river upstream. Warm days and cold nights. Pretty lakes. Not much wildlife.

The climb down is fine, getting back up will slow people down. Great scenic hike!
I"ll go back.

Very nice to have a trail which is easy to follow. Be prepared for very little net elevation gain during the first 2.5 miles.

My 10-year-old daughter and I conquered this hike today. It was beautiful. The snow is not bad, you just have to go a bit slow in a few places.

hiking
6 months ago

Snow the entire way, on the way back was starting to become muddy slush from all the people who had started up after us and rising temperatures. Unable to see anything at summit due to fog/ clouds. Very cold and windy and much more challenging in the snow. . Took us 7 hours to complete. Apple watch (with gps) said 10.72 miles.

My garmin watch says 12 miles round trip. We hike this last Saturday. The trail was covered by the snow all the way to summit. It was Freezing cold, windy,cloudy and foggy,when we reached the summit. Definitely a great and memorable experienced.

we did the loop trail and have some advice for you. The first half of the trail all the way up to the waterfall is beautiful. the trail is well-maintained and you have a great view as you hike through the forests.

the second half of the loop after the waterfall is a little confusing, while the trail is well marked the titles of the trails confused s. Also if you want to stay on the loop after the waterfall make sure you keep going straight towards the peak Trail through the meadow, at which point you'll have an opportunity to turn left on the trail to the west side of Tamarack Mountain. this portion of the trail is not as clear at some point we were hiking through over bushes and through streams hopping from rock to rock. Also after you get to the west side of Tamarack, the trail is more of a wide dirt road, not as pretty through the trees although it was nice and warm given that it was a chilly day.. I will say as your hiking along this wide dirt road you have a great view of Lake Tahoe.

I think we will do this hike again. Next time we will go to the waterfall perhaps a little further up the hill and then turn around and come back down that same Trail.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail with some of the best views in the area. It gets pretty busy on the weekends so I always go early to get parking and avoid the crowds on the way up at least. The last half is pretty steep and tiring but the views from the peak is worth the hard work.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, well maintained and scenic views for almost the entire time. We went at 6am and there was nobody on the trail which was perfect, but on our way down we saw a LOT of people. I could definitely see this being too congested on a holiday weekend.

hiking
7 months ago

of course, amazing trail. there's two entry points, one on either side of the restrooms. I highly recommend the entire loop, though it was definitely more like 14 miles than 10.6.

If you're aiming for a shorter distance definitely do the right hand (east) side of the loop. also the waterfall is on that side and was quite nice, but also the trail, albeit I was going back down, seemed easier.

definitely the final third of the trail it the hardest but you probably knew that going in. fabulous and challenging hike, great views through the whole loops and trail.

parking is tricky later in the day. I attempted going three weekends ago at 11am and the lot was over full. I arrived at 7:30am today (sat, Sept 30th) and the lot was empty.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail and amazing view at the top! The recent snow fall made it a little more challenging but worth it. The pups had a blast. We did closer to 12 miles.

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