Explore the most popular lake 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 views!!! Upper half of the hike was beautiful but stopped in an uneventful way. Had to hike off trail a bit to get to see the highest view of the lake!

Just beyond awesome!

Great hike, gorgeous views. Fairly trafficked

Fantastic views! There's still some snow near the top of the trail, but nothing hiking boots can't handle.

Parking is at the cafe at the bottom of the trail. The views for this trail were pretty amazing and the trail is mostly sand and very well maintained. A lot of dogs off leash today. The elevation gain at the beginning of the hike is pretty significant, but the side trail leading to an overlook was a good place to enjoy the view! There was also some snow at the end of the hike before the turnaround. I brought micro spikes, but managed fine in my boots.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice easy walk to the base of the rock(s). We left the 18 month old and the dogs in the small clearing there (attended of course!) and took turns scrambling to the top. Well worth the climb, as the view is fantastic—clear and panoramic. Later we compared pictures, and it was interesting to note many were nearly identical. I’m glad we came in the offseason, however, as I imagine it gets a bit crowded during peak season.

hiking
19 days ago

fun hike wonderful views and not too steep an incline and pretty easy trail. slushy snow at the top that got our feet wet. thicker socks and better boots would have solve that though.views well worth the hike

hiking
24 days ago

Still some snow pack up top but pretty clear

Wow. This hike Is now in my top five in Reno. I have hiked almost every other trail, and this one was the most challenging, with the best views hands down!. I went on a weekday around 1 o’clock and there was virtually no one else on the trail with me and my dog. Wide set trail with changes in terrain and up hill almost all the way. The view even just 3 miles in of the whole city of Reno is jaw dropping. I can’t wait to come back and hike the full thing - will definitely be an accomplishment.
This is NOT the hunter creek trail, nowhere near it (this one is up past scolaris), and the directions take you right to the trail head. I would definitely keep the map open as you’re going the first couple Of miles if you want to follow the main trail. There are a lot of off shoots and you can lose the main trail easily without looking at the map.
Highly recommend this for a good workout!

This is a good trail, a little muddy since the recent snow and rain. Don’t be deterred by the no trespassing signs - I think they’re old and no one in sight. My dog and I got about an hour in and came upon what was assuredly a mountain lions hunting grounds. Multiple carcasses of large hooved animals ripped apart across the trail. Needless to say we turned back. But enjoyable till then!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the lake! Very easy trail - even in 2 ft. of snow. Recommend for all ages and abilities.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is by far one of my favorite places. Taking advantage of the unusually warm weather, I took my three boys up there yesterday. Just a few patches of snow on the trail, and yes, Barney is frozen over. It was a beautiful day. Ran into a few cross-country skiers wondering where the snow was. We need that snow for sure! I highly recommend continuing up the trail (tough climb) into Peeler Lake - a great place to camp.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenic diversity, a little crowded but challenging and SO worth it.

Small amounts of snow on trail- some areas a little slick- 3 tiny stream crossings (nothing a little hop skip can't get you over). Great for being FEBRUARY!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely not the place to go to get away from people, or have quiet time. But the view is breath-taking! It's easy to get to the rock and from there, it's a bit of a scramble to the top.

perfect, except for getting caught in crossfire of idiot gun shooters...who goes shooting near hiking trails??? gah! home means nevada.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! You can cut through to take a quick peek of the monkey rock and the beautiful 270 degree view of the lake. Shortcut is a bit steep but well worth it.

Love these trails.. Horse Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Round Top Mountain, Fourth of July, Summit Canyon and PCT. Round Top Mountain is 10,500 elevation. What incredible views. Can see 13 lakes including Tahoe.

backpacking
3 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

camping
3 months ago

Great views and fairly easy trail. I took Garson Road instead of the map on here. The lake was full but I agree, too many people have trashed the area.

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked with beautiful views

hiking
3 months ago

Late but we did this hike Thanksgiving Day and it was such a beautiful escape for the morning. My Pup loves to see snow so having some patches up at the top of the hike was perfect for him!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Very steep but the view is so awesome it is totally worth it. Princess my black lab loved all the new smells.

hiking
3 months ago

Love trail and views of Lake Tahoe.
Didn’t like the three dog owners that didn’t have their dog on leases.

hiking
3 months ago

Gets your heart pumping. Took us one hour to do the 2.4 miles one way up. The way down took approx 35 min. There is a $1 fee for hikers paid via the honor system. Saw a little more doggie doo that I’d expect as Tahoe trails are usually very clean. Trash can at the end was overflowing. Overall a nice hike. I’d do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a beautiful day with weather around 55 in the end of December! Small patches of snow and ice, but no problem to walk through. Lake was frozen and beautiful!!! Great hike:)

good views of lake

hiking
3 months ago

Good wide trail. Fairly steep sections but mostly on the front end. Beautiful views. First 1.5 miles contain most of the views. Ends at trail head for longer hikes of 5 and 11 miles.

Sunset here is just magical!

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