Hope Valley to Scotts Lake Loop is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length7.2 miElevation gain1,066 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestViewsWildlife
Waypoints (5)
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Road Crossing - Scott Lake
Return - Right, Trail split return to car
38.76727, -119.95598
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Scott Lake
38.7656052, -119.9632735
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Viewpoint of river
38.7746176, -119.9397464
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Creek crossing
38.7762216, -119.9392179
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Road/trail split
38.7876565, -119.9333692
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Eli Fox Chaney
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HikingIcySnow

Beautiful trail with some well trod path out to the lake, accessible in February without snow shoes but would have been easier with them. Also a beautiful place for cross country skiing, and there’s a huge open field with deep and relatively untouched snow for dogs to play around in. Trail gets a bit sketchy beyond that and could easily see getting lost without knowing the area.

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Scott Gylling
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Snowshoeing

We followed various ski and snowshoe trails until we got to the first vista. After that it was breaking trail to the second vista. At that point, we gave up and left the rest of the trail breaking to two ladies who continued on.

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Amanda Mamo
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HikingOver grown

I went counter clockwise to the lake which was okay but it was fairly dried up. It goes downhill from there which apparently cars have access to. The trail then disappeared and was bushes, grass and marshy land at which point I was too far in to turn around. I stayed along the GPS "trail" which sometimes had a path most likely made by cattle. I wouldn't recommend it and wish that I had worn my waterproof shoes. Having said that there was some beautiful spots immersed in the fall foliage that ppl stop along the highway to take pictures of from afar that almost made it worth it. After leaving the meadow there was an actual trail back for the last mile thank goodness. - if you zoom in along the trail in the valley, the dotted line actually disappears...because it is not a trail -

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Jeff Crenshaw
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Hiking

What a nightmare! The trail along the valley doesn’t exist, ONLY do the trail from the car to the lake, there is no trail for a loop.

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Nancy McMillin
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Walking

Start and end we’re ok. Middle wasn’t great - fire road and bushwhacking.

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Jenny Haas
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Hiking

We started at the overflow campground and headed for Scotts Lake Rd. About 2.5 miles up ( shortly before you top out at Scotts) we saw the singletrack cut off on the right. Nice tred with lots of old growth trees and great views of the valley. We stopped at a perfect giant rock to sit for lunch with a fairly large grass area. We continued along the singletrack but hit a few snow patches so we found ourselves off trail by a few dozen feet. We intersected the paved Old Luther Rd, and upon arriving at it, we looked to the left towards Luther Pass and saw the wooden trail marker. As we walked down the old paved road we saw a few markers in the trees for the old California Trail (Emigrant trail). We ended back in Hope Valley at the Hope Valley Wildlife parking/rest area. I walked back down the highway a mile to get the car.

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Mike Bou
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the only part off this that we liked is to Scotts lake an back we started to do the loop but it just dirt road we went dow about a mile an turned around back to th single track trail back to the car

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Val Phillips
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Part of trail was great then lost trail and had to billy goat my way back to trail. But beautiful hike and several people hiking to Scott’s lake

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Antoine Sindhu
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Hiking

So... an entire segment of this trail does not exist. Interestingly enough you can see this on the map if you look carefully – a little before the "Viewpoint of river" waypoint, if you zoom in you'll see that the black dotted line indicating "Scott's Lake Road" ends but the red line of the trail continues. Well, the actual real-life trail ends right there where the dotted line stops. It resumes where the red line hits Old Luther Pass Road. In between, we had to trek through dense forest and tall grasses for about an hour. Whoever created this loop just made up that segment of the trail out of thin air. Other than that, the trail is beautiful, especially the part up to the lake. Just make it an out-and-back.

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Margaret Donaldson
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Hiking

Old luther pass road runs from fish access parking lot off hwy 88 to luther pass parking area on hwy 89. There is a fairly new trail marker not far from luther pass parking area connecting to scotts lake area. connector used a lot by mtn. bikes. Nice views of Hope Valley. Easy hike with incline to either luther pass parking area or trail marker for scotts lake connector.

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Ed Brand
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Hiking

Warning this is not a loop! Do the out and back to Scott lake only the trail does not go all the way around the valley

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Jenny Grell
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Hiking
First to Review

Beautiful, relaxing trail! The trailhead is right on the side of 89. Limited parking. I went to Scott’s Lake and back, so not the full loop. Lots of trees were turning, especially around the lake. I went on the 8th of October. I saw a couple of guys mountain biking on the trail. They seemed to be having a pretty tough time. So wouldn’t recommend for biking. Scott’s Lake itself was not anything to write home about. The water was very low and it smelled. Dog friendly!

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Eric Senesi
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Rex Vincent
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Sunny Le
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Weimin Yang
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Ross Lord
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Cynthia Roberts
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Madison Broderick
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Ivan Selin
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Travis Johnson
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Aimee Hendrie
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David E Freeman
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Jenny Haas
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Jenny Haas
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JJ Switzer
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Anders Ranum
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Scott Gylling
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