Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

hiking
1 day ago

September 23, 2018. 80F in Reno and 60F at the trailhead. 2:35, 10.1 miles, 2321 feet elevation gain. Lightly jogged most flat and downhill. Busy, but it was a clear blue sky Sunday. Three other folks who jogged it, another guy was hiking it with bare feet! So it’s moderate, but add in jogging or BARE FEET and it will be hard.

Great hike. Took my 10 year old son up today.

Beautiful eastern Sierra hike. Great fall colors.

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

hiking
4 days ago

Trail well maintained. First 2.5 miles including the falls iis a mild trail. Looking up to Mt. Rose in the distance was a bit daunting. The views just got better right to the summit. Definitely going back.

never knew Nevada could be so pretty

It was beautiful, plenty of parking and well taken care of trails! We had about a 5 min snow storm randomly! I couldn’t believe how green it was this late in the summer and there was a decent amount of water in the falls.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiking this trail was a great workout for me and my friends who are all physically active and in great shape. It took us a little over 5 hours to complete the hike (water breaks and a lunch break included). I really like how the location is less than a 10 minute drive from downtown. My only complaint is the scenery; for more than half of the hike you’re looking at dried out yellow foliage. From a beauty standpoint the waterfall at the top is this trail’s one saving grace.

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

Easy hike and great for kids! I also noticed a family with a stroller and another family with a wheelchair on this trail, so it’s a great hike for all abilities. It was a brisk and chill wind, but with a nice fleece or windbreaker it wasn’t too bad. My 4 year old loved stopping to read all the ‘stories’ on the interpretive signs.

9 days ago

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

I did this hike on Friday, Sep 7th. Great hike with views of several lakes including Lake Tahoe. You will get a great view of Lake Tahoe early along the hike. It was so much cooler at the top, bring layers. The waterfall was beautiful too and a great time to rest. We arrived at 8:30 a.m. and didn’t have any issues with parking space. Hiking poles really helped. It took us about 6 hours roundtrip including a stop at the top for a snack and many breaks along the way.

We only go as far as the waterfall, so approximately halfway. It is a beautiful hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Moderately strenuous in sections but well worth it. High desert for the first 2/3-3/4 but once in the wooded section becomes more enjoyable and the falls at the end are the highlight. If don’t go all the way to the falls then would not recommend as strongly.

We absolutely loved this hike! Gorgeous views! We took our 4 year old and our 1 year old in the carrier. Some parts are definitely difficult for kids, but doable. It was a little longer than expected (we recorded it at over 3 miles in) but so worth it! Will definitely be going again! Be sure to wear sunscreen and go early in the day, as most of the trail is not shaded.

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.

hiking
15 days 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.)

hiking
17 days ago

Looking forward to doing this hike again this weekend

what a great hike. uphill was quite manageable and the 5 miles flew by. plenty of changing scenery and outlooks.

hiking
19 days ago

Good hike today without many other people on the trail. Lots of sun and heat...glad I brought a good amount of water. Easy to follow, not overly challenging if you are in ok shape. Families out there today. From the trail head to the waterfall it ended up being 6.5 miles. Great views...enjoy.

this was a easy hike,the last two miles was uphill,it was crowded this pass weekend,we camp near the lake,few hikers show up late with head lights on,and since it was dark they saw my camp first and decided to came feet away,had no respect for other campers

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome hike on Saturday morning, met a very nice father who was doing the hike for the first time with his daughter.

hiking
21 days ago

We started at 9 am and definitely wish we had gone earlier. The trail was very heavily trafficked and as other reviews state, there is very little shade cover, except for at the very end of the hike. The waterfall was pretty but too crowded to really enjoy. Other hikers we talked to clocked the hike at closer to 8 miles than 5.7.

hiking
21 days ago

Have hiked it twice. Great hike.

Great trail with beautiful views.

walking
23 days ago

*had good water availability ( creeks in vicinity of Galena falls at half way points- 2.5 miles- 3 miles into hike) for a good portion of the distance.
*gorgeous views all the way.
*top of mt. Rose provided magnificent views.

hiking
25 days ago

Good trail for the family. If going out & back in the same day, go early as the pastures have very little shade and it’s gets hot in the afternoon.

25 days ago

Very scenic hike. It took less than 4 hours round trip. the final mile was difficult at the switch backs, but became more challenging the last .25 mile with the gravel. I started at the trailhead at 230pm and made it back by 615. The views at the top are amazing.

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