Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.


2 days ago

An incredibly beautiful hike! The wildflowers are blooming, waterfall flowing, and snow is gone. The first section of the hike to the waterfalls is very easy! The second section is quite challenging. A lot of elevation gain with steep hills. I recommend hiking poles. There are sections with loose rock and dirt. Well worth it when you get to the top! Give yourself time to acclimate to the high elevation. And btw the bathrooms at the parking are closed!

on Castle Rock Loop Trail

5 days ago

Most of trail easy to traverse. Near Castle Rock have to scramble up to get views of Lake Tahoe

We went in early November and the aspen trees were on point! A nice hike for the kiddos too.

It’s for the most part all up I have done this one several times always great but it feels like it never ends

6 days ago

Fragrant! The wild flowers on the trail are in bloom and smells amazing! Take the hikers only track to the right when facing the sign. It's the trail that would lead directly to the waterfalls. Then, it gets more arduous from there because of the elevation! If you're not worried about the altitude, then by all means...."Charge" the mountain!

trail running
6 days ago

Beautiful views filled with wildlife

6 days ago

Starts off nice and easy stroll for about 3 miles then you hit the awesome waterfall! After that is all up hill from there. me and my wife are just getting into hiking and it was by far the most challenging hike we have done so far but well worth it for the view of Truckee, Reno, Sparks, Carson City and of course Lake Tahoe. It took us about 5 hours at a decent walking pace. We stopped at the waterfall for about 10 mins and 30 mins at the summit. Lots of flowers along the way, a few creeks to skip across and even ran into a hungry marmot and chipmunks that greeted up at the summit. Weather was about 75 all day and only a little windy towards the summit. Defiantly bring lots of water, hiking shoes and a stick or poles if you have them. Enjoy!

Amazing views and great workout. Some uphills to it but nothing too strenuous. Very happy with this hike and highly recommend. We saw dozens of chipmunks and a lot of wild flowers!

The views are breathtaking (as is the elevation gain). As mentioned before, it's heavily used by mountain bikers.
On the way back, we decided to take the Tahoe Rim Trail to BP (Diamond Peak - 8,540 feet) and then the Incline Flume Trail (it will add an extra 9 miles to the hike, but it's totally worthwhile, with unique views of Washoe Lake.

10 days ago

A beautiful early morning start from the Mt Rose Summit parking lot. A mild walk to the Galena Falls. The water was running pretty fast and the wild flower were in full bloom. Looks like the corn silk still have a while. The last mile seems to be the longest mile. It’s windy, dusty, and 10,000 feet. The views all the way up are breathtaking.

11 days ago

I hiked to the summit and as a new hiker, this was challenging for me. The view was absolutely gorgeous at the top but if you are new to hiking, you are in for an extremely rewarding but challenging hike.

Great hike with awesome views! did the upper and lower for the 5.6 mile loop. Next time we plan to just hike the upper out and back to stay in the shade more.

12 days ago

Walked the 2.5 miles from the trail head to the waterfall and meadow. Wildflowers were in bloom and there is a lovely meadow area above the falls to have a picnic lunch. A very nice hike. We will do the additional 3 mile hike to the Mt. Rose summit on another day. One complaint: On (arguably) the busiest day of the year, the restroom at the trail head was closed without explanation, and no porta-potties were provided.

14 days ago

Fairly easy hike along a jeep trail. I went in the early afternoon and not too hot. Rolling hills of sage and meadows with small streams flowing. I did not do the loop but chose to go in and out the same way. Lots of birds on both lakes, Junction and Kirman.

Fishing was difficult due to the vegetation surrounding the lake. One would need a float tube if you were serious about fishing. Saw a beautiful doe on the way back just out in the middle of the field eating. Also saw the biggest rattle snake I have ever seen slithering across the trail.
Be on the lookout while hiking!

Relatively easy walk, with a few rocky places. The waterfall is worth the trek.

Great trail; not for beginners. Shady towards the end. I clocked it at 8-mile in & out hike to the falls. The Falls were awesome and well worth the uphill climb!

17 days ago

I've been wanting to make it to the top of this summit for quiet some time. During the winter months a slope before the saddle seemed avalanche prone and I was unable to cross with snowshoes. I'm so glad that I went at this time of year. There are so many small wildflowers from the start of the trail to the very top. Very worthwhile!

This was a great Saturday hike. Went about 3pm on Saturday and no problem parking. Hike had good views to start and then some ok forest time and not to long to castle rock. Once you get to Castle Rock and if you climb up the view is amazing. Had the rock all to myself for half hour and just amazing view of the lake.

off road driving
17 days ago

This was a good little trail, we did it in our Cherokee Trailhawk. it took about an hour and a half with driving down one of the logging roads that dead ended.

I am giving this trail four stars for the views alone. (Before I get into the review, let’s talk about the rating system for a moment. This trail is designated as “moderate”; however, if you’re slightly out of shape you will quickly learn that it should have been labeled as “most likely to send you into cardiac arrest.” It’s steep.) This trail has a TON of mountain bikers and many of them come barreling down the trail without warning. This gets annoying pretty quickly. Now, to be fair, some of them seem to be well versed in trail etiquette, but not all.

Great Trail with amazing views! Dog friendly!

Trail is well maintained and well marked. Snow cover today was minimal. Windy at the summit, bring layers. Scenic, moderate hike with great views for most of the hike. Wildflowers were in bloom, too. Did in 4.5 hrs total with family. Would definitely do this hike again!!

Great trail, awesome reward with a great view of Lake Tahoe at the top.

Hiked this on 6/23/2018 with my kiddo in the hiking pack. The views of Lake Tahoe are just beautiful. We parked along Route 28, just across from the cafe.

It is U P H I L L all the way up with no real flat sections. Lots of mountain bikers who were very courteous; just be mindful of them coming around the corners. There was some shade on the trail but it was mostly exposed. We turned around at 2 miles instead of continuing up to the Flume Trail connection because we wanted to see the monkey/gorilla rock. That was really neat and worth the slight side trip.

As you’re headed back down the trail, you’ll come to an intersection with a signpost that says “trail” and has arrows pointing left and right. Take the upper right trail and after a couple hundred yards you’ll come to some boulders on a hill, you can see the monkey rock just down the hill to the right of the boulders as you’re facing the lake.

Bathrooms at trailhead: Yes, but for cafe customers only. My toddler loved the strawberry smoothie :)
Stroller-friendly: Technically yes, in that the trail is pretty smooth and wide, but I’d recommend a carrier.

23 days ago

Great hike in moderate weather. Not much shade until you get to the last mile. Advise you start early during the summer. Bring lots of water to keep hydrated!

24 days ago

Great hike with breathtaking views!

The initial "uphill" portion of trail is a bit of a pain. There isn't really a single path, making the steep climb both annoying and slippery (lots of loose pebbles/gravel). What does help is to go around the initial incline to the west, following a narrow well-traveled path along the ditch, and then taking a very clear incline back to the posted track. (Note the attached Relive video).

The trail is clear, with plenty of room for bikes and people. I saw just two solo mountain bikers on the trail this afternoon. It is unfortunate that the pipe now exists in the hole. However, the owners of the property and canal (Steamboat Canal Company) did so to improve water flow while also prevent more damage that occurred during the recent heavy winter---along with blocking stupid people who often tried to go through the hole.

I decided to go the normal route back (on that steep portion). In hindsight, I should have went back down the initial route I took. This is a decent couple hour hike that's close to town with easy access.

This is a sunny exposed trail, the alternate half of the upper end. I preferred this trail because the topography is so unusual compared to what I'm used to seeing on the East coast. For me, the upper trail did not pack the same Wow effect as this trail did. Just like the Upper trail, this is a two hour hike. Lots of wildflowers, a fair amount of locals hiking and walking dogs. I felt totally safe at all times. PLEASE do yourself a favor, and park at the TH for the Upper Thomas Creek trail, and walk down-hill. I wasted half an hour trying to find the actual lower trail head with google maps, and ended up giving up. Plus, it takes you on extremely bumpy roads that aren't OK for a rental sedan! Once I finally found this trail (Timberline Drive) I loved every minute of the hike! You do cross the stream one time, but there is no direct view of it for most of the hike. You hear it, but don't see it.

25 days ago

Great hike with an excellent view of both Reno and Tahoe.

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