Explore the most popular camping 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.

on Raintree Trail

hiking
5 days ago

I took my 11 month old 20lb “weight vest” with me and made it at a pace of 31 min/mi... we both enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells very much! There weren’t a lot of people on the trail either (which I prefer) Can’t wait to do this beautiful hike again!

10 days ago

Strenuous climb but well worth it. The bristlecone pine forest is beautiful. I had to stop myself from takin pictures of every tree.

The Rain Tree is not at the end of this hike but a little past the midway point. I posted a picture showing where the tree is on the AllTrails map. The rest of the hike is worth the trip; you end up on a ridge with steep cliffs. You may be disappointed if you expect the trail to end in an even better tree.

Currently closed (Mid-April)

hiking
2 months ago

My Garmin had the distance a little shy of 6-miles,taking the north loop trail (as shown) up to the Raintree. Pretty solid 1,900-foot elevation change on the ascent from the parking lot at the north loop trail at 158. The elevation gets to just shy of 10,000 feet so will get to you on this steady climb. We hiked in early March so there was still some significant snow on the trail and micro-spikes and poles were needed. We had a great time and some of the views were tremendous.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a challenging hike, not for the faint of heart. There are steep areas and switchbacks, and the elevation kinda started to kick my butt. But, it was worth it. The tree was magnificent and I was never bored.

3 months ago

amazing trail despite some of the debris I found.

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

Strenuous hike but well worth it once you get to the top. The temperatures right now are brutal so dress warmly!

hiking
5 months ago

Good strenuous hike. Tree at the top was really cool. Great views.

Beautiful country

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.

hiking
6 months ago

I love it. The hiking is hard but an enjoyable challenge.
an awesome experience.
The view is amazing.

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.

off road driving
6 months ago

This was a really fun trail. We are new to owning our rzr 1000 and decided to take it out today. Great weather , great trail. Even had a little left over snow. The trail on the map above was exactly accurate for us in the rzr. The rider must have been on a bike. However it was a great guide and we did take a few other trails of the main trail. Spent about 4 hours out on the trial with a few stops. Great views. 2 wheel drive in the rzr the whole time. Saw several dirt bikers and a couple others out in there jeeps.

off road driving
7 months ago

Fantastic beginner trail with multiple hiking access points to the Tahoe rim trail. Beautiful route. Good for most 4x4 with large tires. Dispersed camping is allowed within 100 yards of road. Awesome views of the lake.

off road driving
7 months ago

we took our JK Sahara on the trail today full-time 2 wheel drive not a problem 2 hours start to finish getting out a few
times cool easy Trail for beginners.

excellent

ended up going to peeler lake and stayed overnight. hike was challenging with a pack on but totally worth it

off road driving
8 months ago

Very nice trail. Wide enough for a full sized truck. Made it in a lifted 2 wheel drive even with some rain. There are some parts that can be tricky. Just keep it slow and watch for sharp and tall rocks. Offers some good views of Lake Tahoe. Just take a map or memorize the trail. Gets a bit confusing getting back to the 207. Cell service is spotty along the way. Took about 2hrs from end to end with a couple stops.

Follow the red previously hiked route to the waterfall on the West Walker river

Great beginner hike. Beautiful lakes and easy grade. GREAT fishing!

backpacking
8 months ago

Nice hike.... tough uphill once you start heading up to the lake. We went Labor Day and it was stupid crowded! Kids screaming, girls yelling, drones flying..... anything but peaceful. Caught some fish and fried up some dove breasts my brother brought....

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike!! Beautiful meadows and a very enjoyable moderate hike. Some wild flowers still in bloom but Spring or early Summer would be a better time for full blooms. A little snow left and lots of little creeks. Showers Lake is gorgeous! It's a definite must see/do hike! I will return to hike more of the area!!

backpacking
8 months ago

Go light there are lots of rocky areas and climbs my gaia gps tracked us at more like 4.3 mi id say its not a beginner trail its probably the hardest trail ive backpacked then a day hike to the surrounding peak was awesome
My buddy caught 2 fish and put them back. The water was refreshing after the days hike. Late august the trail is hard to follow with out the homemade markers it would have taken alot longer

hiking
8 months ago

So my friend and I attempted to do Mummy Springs (which follows the same path but goes off to the right after Raintree), but we could only make it to Raintree. I feel like whoever created the Mummy Springs page was lying to themselves because that hike is NOT 5 miles round trip and is NOT moderate. I do 5k's and 10k's and a bit of uphill training for them and this hike almost killed me.

So just be warned: this hike is quite difficult but is it SO worth it. I'm writing this the day after our hike my legs hurt. However, the Raintree is SO cool and the views on this hike are SO great, that the pain is worth it. I will say this because we had no idea what we were doing: just keep climbing. When you think you've reach the Raintree, you haven't. There is a small wooden sign in front of the Raintree and you'll see some very defined trails going different directions. It's further than you expect but the trail is very well defined and pretty shady. Happy Hiking!

off road driving
8 months ago

trail was closed to vehicles on 7/4/17. lots of foot traffic but the gate at the beginning was locked

hiking
8 months ago

Loved Raintree and this hike. It was difficult. It was up, up and up! If you stay on it you can connect with Mummy or Trail canyon. Which the walls at Trail canyon are spectacular! I still recommend starting on this side, there's better tree cover and the views stay with you more.

backpacking
9 months ago

Amazingly beautiful hike through the wildflowers!

Went back today to check on wildflowers which were spectacular! They will be still near the Peak bloom for another 7-10days.

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