Martis Peak Trail is a 14.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.8 km Elevation Gain: 547 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

snow

A beautiful system of trails sitting below Matis Peak overlooking the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Open year round.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful view - Snow had just melted in the meadows so they hadn't green'd up yet. I would give it another two weeks for wildflowers, etc.... Bring water for you and especially your dog (if hiking w/ one) as there are no streams/creeks for pup refreshment. There are a few spots about 3 miles in that have a great view w/o going to the peak. Snow in shaded areas but will be gone soon. Not my favorite hike in Tahoe area but worth doing. Go early in the morning as it is a popular one because access is right off hwy 267. Definitely stay on Tahoe RIm trail and don't go fire road either way. Much prettier and shaded on trail. Actual round-trip mileage if you go to look-out above Fire Tower is 10.6 miles with 2200 ft of climbing.

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome trail! Definitely best to stay on the TRT as long as possible!

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icy
muddy
snow
29 days ago

Incredible views are totally worth the climb. Snow got mushy later in the day and you post hole a bit, you will need spikes for some dense snow patch’s

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful views but during this time of the year better to wear snowshoes as the further you move in trail the deeper the snow is so become difficult to move forward.

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rocky
6 months ago

All types of terrain: soft forest floor, packed dirt, loose rock, and boulders. While well marked, the trail is not well labeled.

hiking
7 months ago

Got lost most of the way until ventastic

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Like others have mentioned and after doing the loop today, not sure there is any value in doing the lollipop loop that includes the road walk. In the future I would just make it an out and back via the TRT.

hiking
7 months ago

when starting from rt 267 do not take the trail recommendation on taking the left at the 3 mile mark. Stay on the TRT. The other way has paved roads. Great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Views from the fire watch hut are definitely worth the trek up the paved road, but otherwise this is better as an out and back entirely on the rim trail. No sense in walking the road back when the views are so much better from the rim trail both of tahoe and through the meadows of donkey’s ears. Still a great hike, lots of flowers, huge old pines, and protection from the wind through most of it (especially nice in the hut).

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rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Only went to overlook. Trail easy to follow but flowers have peaked and are starting to die. Was very warm and trail has some exposed parts. Be sure to take plenty of water.

hiking
9 months ago

Great views! You can really get the layout of North Tahoe from here. From the inside of the lookout building at the summit, check out the map of the mountains just below the ceiling. If you've hiked other mountains in the area, it's great to see everything labeled right above your head.

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bugs
10 months ago

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bugs
10 months ago

We went the day after the 4th of July around 10am and we thought it would be crowded but it wasn't. The trail is mostly uphill and has pretty good shade most of the way. About 3 miles into the hike there is a beautiful opening to a view of Lake Tahoe. Butterflies, flowers and some snow patches along the trail. Because there is still some snow patches we definitely ran into some swarms of mosquitoes along the way. Once you reach the gate, the road is steep, but so worth the view at the lookout. Amazing view and picture opportunities. We saw a lot more people on the trail on our way down.

hiking
11 months ago

This is one of our favorites. Please note that app-based directions to trail head are wrong. You start trail in same spot as "Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock" on North Shore Blvd. Bring bug spray if you choose to walk up road, after leaving Tahoe Rim Trail, to Fire Lookout. Better route is through the woods, avoiding the road until the end. But you'll need the AllTrails GPS to not lose trail.

hiking
11 months ago

I did this trail with my two daughters 17 & 12. The trail is nice and shaded for a lot of the way. Awesome views of the lake and beyond. Nice walk through the forested areas also. There were still patches of snow along the trail, but nothing too hard to go through. I would definitely recommend this hike for the great view.

hiking
private property
snow
11 months ago

Great trail and well kept still some snow patches. If you stay left the trail is paved to the top of Martis where he fire watch house is (a bit easier to follow than the TRT). Not the most scenic route to the top but once you get there the view is awesome! Also be advised the fire watch house has been overrun by Chipmunks haha! Have a great hike and enjoy!

recorded Martis Peak Trail

snowshoeing
Fri Mar 29 2019

Went with Jenn. Got lost. Scary for a bit

snowshoeing
snow
Mon Jan 28 2019

Saw a few snowmobilers and skiers. This is a fun hike! A lot of shade - a cool walk through the forest- and beautiful views from the TRT and the lookout.

walking
Tue Oct 23 2018

*pretty unpopulated trail in october- YEY! *last bit of trail is a road that takes you up to the fire lookout station at the top. Views up there are wonderful! *bring all the water you'll need- there isnt any on the trail. *gorgeous views in the last mile and a half!

Wed Oct 03 2018

Beautiful

hiking
Fri Aug 03 2018

hiking
Thu Jul 26 2018

Our rating is based on our shortened hike. We only hiked to about the halfway point of the full trail, then turned back toward the Lake Tahoe view spur trail on our return. The forest trails were pretty and easy to hike. The views from the spur trail were really nice. The rock formations at this lookout point were beautiful.

Sun Jun 24 2018

Beautiful day! Great hike, but you do end up on a road for the last 1/4 mile. Thanks to the folks that found my phone! You guys rock!

hiking
Tue Jun 12 2018

Great hike this morning to top of Martis Peak from Brockway Summit trailhead (just below heading towards KB). Gorgeous views on a gorgeous day.

hiking
Sun May 27 2018

Really peaceful trail for the most part! Snowshoes aren't necessary but I'd recommend them for some parts of the trek. I was not fully prepared so I got stuck in snow in some parts. If you look at the trail where it splits near the beginning, going left will take you on a road, while going right is more trail. I did this hike in early May so there still was some snow on the ground! It made it pretty difficult to see exactly where you need to go. At this time of the year I recommend going left and staying close to the road.

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