China Cove Trail Loop

EASY 117 reviews

China Cove Trail Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
78 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This easy stroll around the lakeside and through areas of forest is an ideal place to bring young kids, and also makes a great location for your first snowshoe adventure.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy short hike. Was a bit confused as to where the hike started so we had to walk up a road for a good while until we found the trailhead. Once we got out to see the lake it was worth it. Saw very few people on the hike which was nice but a lot of people on the beach, but it was Saturday so I didn’t really expect any different. Very pretty views of the lake and creeks nearby.

walking
2 months ago

This trail is my favorite to date! Easy. Nice path. Beautiful water and trees. There is a well maintained picnic area and restrooms. I took some amazing pictures!!!

2 months ago

Definitely a super easy stroll. Beautiful scenery

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Nice view of the Donner lake and the mountains... still with some snow caps but perfect weather for a walk.

walking
7 months ago

Easy and pleasant walking trail with some beautiful lake and mountain views. There isn’t much change in elevation, but it’s still a good walking/running trail with ample space to explore along the beach.

9 months ago

I wasn't impressed. Not a nature hike but a stroll around the campground. You start off by the lake on a made trail but only 20min in then you turn in and get lost through the campground taking the road most of the way back cutting through the camp sites . I guess this is good for a tourist walk.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun, scenic trail. fun to do!

10 months ago

Indeed, an easy stroll.

walking
10 months ago

nice walk with kids and the dog. we veered off into the beach area and enjoyed the sunshine. great on nice days, didn't need to do the loop - just enjoyed the out and back along the Lakeshore.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Would have logged my trek, however it would have appeared I was chasing a chipmunk. Since Trails were not marked. So I wandered for a bit and then found a good route. Great Lake views 90% of the time. So it's a good place to get lost and enjoy the outdoors

hiking
11 months ago

Just under two hours, leisurely hike

Friday, August 11, 2017

Terrible trail. Takes you through a bunch of camp sites. No elevation or views.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fun/easy trail to walk. Great for kids.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Not a bad hike, through campground area and paved road. Beautiful lake view.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Great small hike. It is marked with pink ribbons through the trail; however we got a little confused when we hit the road and had to walk back on the campground access road.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Nice trail very easy walk, had a small problem locating start of trail not marked very well. Once we located trail it was very enjoyable walk combination of State Campground thru the forest then along Donner Lake shore.

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

it is nice that is a dog friendly place, but the owner does not respect the park rules, i was swimming with my small children, and next to us was another family with small children like us, here came a big dog jump in the water to do POOP almost next to us, and this dog had diarrhea. The owner did not called out or did nothing. It was very disgusting experience. The other family and i leave the place. i am taking my kid to the doctor to be sure they did not got any parasites.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Perfect small hike with beautiful lake scenery. Lots of parking areas, shade, sun, picnic tables everywhere. $8 entrance fee and its not crowded. Great hike for dogs & kids. This place is a favorite.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Great hike. Flat path along the side of Donner Lake. Took our dog on a leash and let him swim in the lake and lagoons. Great photo opportunities too. Bathrooms along the way and drinking water also. 2 miles in and 2 miles back with beach access along the way. Parked on Donner Pass Rd and the path begins there. Enjoy!

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