Best camping trails in Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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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.
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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 - Green Lake and East Lake Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
#5 - Barney, Robinson, and Crown Lakes Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 7 h 49 m
Note: There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.Show more
#6 - Leavitt Meadow to Fremont Lake
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 29 m
#7 - Noble Lake via PCT
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
#8 - Leavitt Lake Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
Good elevation hiking here for those who don't want to carry much gear. Your driving option requires a 4 wheel drive, loose, rocky, 2 to 3 moving water crossings, possible snow. Drive into Leavitt Lake, follow lake to the left and around into cove area on the right for some nice campsites away from the water for our leave no trace ethics and the people. there are certainly more crowds here due to the driving access. You can day hike to Latopie Lake to the north or head south and upwards towards the PCT junction for some nice views. If you want to hike along a 10.5k+ ridge top with views in all directions then the PCT south from Sonora pass trail head is a great hike either as a partial loop hike of about 8 miles to latopie or a one way hike 7+ miles down the PCT into Leavitt Lake. Warning, Trail starts at 9,600 feet you must be somewhat acclimated for this hike as it is almost all above 10k. Easy trail but the elevation can make this hike difficult if you are not fully prepared. Great views of the Hoover Wilderness await following this portion of the PCT south.Show more
#9 - Piute Mountain to Peeler Lake Loop Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 53.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.Show more
#10 - Lovell Canyon and Lovell Summit Road OHV Route
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 20.8 mi
This is a great OHV Trail for anyone, but users note that it's best for beginners since there are not too many challenging parts. Show more
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