Best backpacking trails in Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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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.
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#1 - Showers Lake via the PCT
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 52 m
This is a relatively easy trail from just below Carson Pass on Highway 88 to Meiss Lake. It includes fantastic views of the surrounding peaks, Caples Lake, and Lake Tahoe, and is an excellent swimming destination in the summer, plus a great snow camping destination in the winter. The trail is the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It is 4 miles from the parking lot to Meiss lake, with an elevation gain of about 300 feet as you climb over the saddle before dropping down to Meiss valley. The trail is well sign-posted and marked. It follows the highway for a little over 1/4 a mile before turning right into a wooded valley. After another 1/4 mile, there is a moderate climb up to the pass, before a gentle slope down to Meiss valley. The remaining 2.5 miles is flat and easy. Shortly after the trail drops into the valley, there is a fork. You will leave the PCT and take the left (eastern) fork, which is an old jeep route. After a short distance you will see Meiss lake to your left (west). It is the warmest lake in the Lake Tahoe region and great for swimming, although it is quite shallow. Return the way you came. In the winter, most people ignore the PCT and simply navigate directly to the saddle. Navigation here is very easy on a clear day as there are few trees 100 feet above the parking lot, and so the visibility is excellent. If you ignore the PCT and take a more direct route, there will be more climbing. Beware the avalanche point on the north of the saddle, on the western side. It creates a terrain trap out of the trail and can be dangerous. As always in the winter, be very careful with navigation, the weather can change fast here.Show more
#2 - Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT)
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 169.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
A 13 day through hike around the TRT starting at Tahoe Meadows. You can not bike the entire trail because some of the path goes through designated wilderness and certain areas where biking is prohibited. There are guided hikes available through The Tahoe Rim Trail Association. Show more
#3 - Leavitt Meadows to Millie, Secret, Roosevelt & Lane Lakes
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 11.0 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
#4 - Barney, Robinson, and Crown Lakes
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 7 h 47 m
There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.Show more
#5 - Leavitt Meadow to Fremont Lake
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 29 m
#6 - Raymond Lake via Wet Meadows Trailhead
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 8 h 49 m
#7 - Noble Lake via PCT
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
#8 - Piute Mountain to Peeler Lake Loop Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 53.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.Show more
#9 - Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
#10 - Verdi Peak Trail via Forest Route 72
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 25 m
Hiking, dirtbike, 4x4, and ATV trail to a fire trail. A 4WD vehicle is recommended to access the trailhead.Show more
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