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.

off road driving
16 hours ago

Fun trail with lots of side trails to explore. Best suited for high clearance 4x4s due to a couple steep sections with large, loose rocks. Cant wait to explore more next season!

Beautiful scenery on this easy backpack. Caught some fish at Roosevelt Lake and Fremont Lake but didn’t really fish for long at either. Skunked at Lane and Hidden Lake. Felt lazy this weekend but would love to come back and make it to Tower Peak someday.

You won’t regret it. Peaceful and beautiful.

Did this for the second time last Monday; the trail itself isn’t very strenuous until the last mile to the peak. I’m sure if you only hike once a year the whole trail will feel strenuous, but for more advanced hikers the last mile will be the hardest part. Beautiful views of the entire lake from the top, so definitely worth the work. Other reviewers have said the trail is hard to follow, but that is really not the case. It’s very straightforward and easy to follow!! (There are also not really any rock cairns so if that’s what you rely on to follow a trail then I could see how it would be hard for you)

Great route to take!

Nice hike to get to some lakes and close to mountains topped with snow.

11 days ago

Loved that there was a beautiful view at every turn. Windy and cold as we got higher! Winter is on the way. We caught a beautiful sunset at the Samuel Clemens bench - maybe two miles up? Wide, well-maintained trail.

12 days ago

Amazing trail!

This hike is becoming one of my favorites. I did it twice this past summer, and the views are simply incredible and worth every ounce of effort you put into it. For me, the most treacherous part of the day was getting to the trailhead on the service road. It is extremely rocky and pothole-y. However, I did see regular sedans and passenger vehicles at the trailhead, so an SUV is not technically required.

Much of the hike has no shelter from sun or wind, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. The cairns along the way were helpful when the trail was difficult to follow. We decided to traverse over to Job's Sister after summiting Freel. It was worth the extra effort, but I did not bring trekking poles with me and I ended up wishing I had. Much of the trail is full of gravel, scree, and sand. Getting back down, we did lose the trail, but it wasn't too difficult to get back on track. Definitely a five star hike, and I'm looking forward to the next time I can do this one.

15 days ago

This was a gorgeous hike in October with the trees changing colors. I would agree with the “moderate” rating Tunnel Creek Trail received as the entire path is uphill but the incline isn’t too severe. Our dog had an awesome time on this hike and I believe the graded trail had something to do with it. However, there is little shade and no water sources for dogs so bring plenty of water. We started hiking a little before 10 so it was pretty quiet on our way up. Traffic increased as we were coming down the trail around noon. There is a $2.00 per person charge to use the trail but it’s worth it because the trail is very well maintained. With an endless supply of stunning views and a solid cardio workout, you can’t go wrong hiking Tunnel Creek Trail.

15 days ago

This was a lovely dirt trail down to a cute little secluded beach. We only made it down to the chimney beach and back as we had a 5 year old and 3 year old on foot and a 1 year old in a carrier. Would recommend this short portion as family and kid friendly.

We tried to hike a few places on the California side of Lake Tahoe but we couldn’t find parking. This rock and view made our day.

Absolutely beautiful

Great hike in fall,- the colours are majestic
Easy, slight elevation, a lot of deers on the way
It was evening, we heard something resembling a bear, 35min and we are back at the parking lot haha
The waterfalls are nice!

Very well kept trail, beautiful views.

30 days ago

Easy peasy. Beautiful view from atop the tunnel.

Beautiful eastern Sierra hike. Great fall colors.

on Horse Creek Trail

1 month ago

Stunning hike, views remind me of the Vogelsang trail out of Tuolumne. Great day-hike, and also if you backpack make sure to be prepared for very thick brush as the trail is not maintained after close to 5 miles in (if you’re heading to Matterhorn).

Amazing hike, lake view is a gem
We spent 2h to the trail end (do not stop at the lake, make it till the end, the view is fascinating)
And a bit more than an 1h to the way down as we didn’t have enough time and had to rush
I would say It is a 3 part hike, forest, open space (bring hat), elevation, the last one for sure is the difficult one, but is very manageable
4h of good pace would be the time to get to the lake, chill and enjoy, and get back

Nice view and amazing I love it

Bad ass awesome walk. Best short walk I’ve done in a long time.

1 month ago

We just walked 2 1/2 miles out and back - to the top of the Meiss Valley - but the views are spectacular!

1 month ago

Starts off steep, but levels out after about 1/4 mile. Beautiful hiking right on the edge of the lake. Bring a bathing suit.

1 month ago

Epic climb. The trail is tough but it’s very navigable. As significant as the elevation gain is, didn’t seem too bad. Car to summit to car in under 7hr. It’s certainly longer than 11!

An amazing hike! We did it counter clockwise where the climb is steep and shorter but the down is more gradual. Lot of stair stepping. Old mine and cars as well as the remains of an old cabin. The spur to the Round Top Peak is worth the extra time and energy to see the amazing views and lakes. It's quite the scramble up, at times requiring hands, the illusion of the steep views can be a little overwhelming, especially when the wind is quite Gusty. With Tahoe in view and many more lakes all around you, offers an unforgettable hike! We sadly missed the wild flower peak time so we'll just have to do it again! We got 8.5 miles on GPS. We parked in the first day use area, you can go further in closer to Woods lake and hike clockwise or walk through the camp to pick up the counter clockwise, it's around space 13 across from it, can't miss it. So thankful that the smoke, air quality was minimal, we did see the white smoke way down in the valley at Donnell fire but it stayed down low far away. We've been enjoying a lot of the peaks around Tahoe and Sierra's and this is a great one! Calling it a medium effort hike is accurate if you don't summit to Round Top Peak but if you do, I'd call it a HARD only cuz it's not for the faint at heart. If you're with heights or ok with using your hands, then maybe it's still a medium.

beautiful. We started at trailhead that leads to winemucca lake, then up to round top lake, then down to fourth...coming back up from fourth is a steep one. We're females in average shape but do hike a lot, clocked 11 miles out and back in about 6 hours. Saw a tarantula! Pretty flowers. I sunburnt, she didn't...both shady and exposed areas.

1 month ago

A beautiful hike. The mid section was in full sun & it got a bit hot, especially for our dog but it was 100% worth it when you got to the lake. Absolutely stunning!
We hiked on a holiday weekend so I was worried the trail would be packed but once you got past the hustle at Mono Village the trail was relatively people free. (The people we did meet were extremely friendly.)

1 month ago

This is a beautiful lake with great views both going up and coming back down. The trail is short but a bit steep at the end but the reward is worth the effort.
Would give 5-stars but the rough road in is just that, rough...a high clearance vehicle is suggested.
The lake is full of fiesty, colorful brookies that easily took to my flies.

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