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Mount Watson Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews
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Mount Watson Trail is a 25.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoe City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 25.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,864 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

off road driving
1 month ago

Super cool trail. Went up in a stock Jeep jk sport. A couple technical areas which were fun but is the perfect trail to hit at dusk.

off road driving
2 months ago

Just because a trail is closed due to snow or impassable areas doesn’t mean it’s 1-star... Geez. Very easy trail, ran it a week ago to Watson Lake. Be sure to follow the signs out if starting in Truckee, as you’ll run into a locked gate in Tahoe City.

off road driving
closed
4 months ago

All trails in the area closed 6/15/19

off road driving
11 months ago

Easy trail, take the 73 and follow Mount Watson Blvd to Watson Lake. The beginning half is offroad and the second half is paved all the way to the camp. From there we took Watson Lake Road which was a little trickier to Sawmill Flat. The rig got a scratched up because of the bushes on Watson Lake Road. Definitely bring a hedge trimmer if you want your rig to not get scratched.

off road driving
Friday, October 05, 2018

Go lost near the top. Must have missed a turn. Need to go back. Still fun.

backpacking
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

We hiked from Tahoe City to Watson lake just for a one night trip. Parking is super easy (no permit needed) at the transit center in town. Also no permit needed for camping/hiking. We started the hike late (around noon or so) and had no problem making it to Watson Lake before sun down. Beautiful views, not very busy, and a pretty good workout (about 13 miles each way). Definitely bring good hiking shoes, I got many blisters on the hike back out. The only reason I took a star off is because there were not any water sources until we got to the lake, so be sure to start your trip with lots of water! All in all, beautiful trail and I would love to do more of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

off road driving
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Took my 2015 Forester Stock all the way to the summit. Loved it and the Foz killed it!

off road driving
Monday, August 27, 2018

It was nice getting out and on this trail for some off roading adventure. I am not sure why the distance shows 11ish miles whereas it should show more than double, like around 26ish miles. From start point to the Watson lake it was 90% of paved road. From Watson lake to end point is a dirt track with rocks of all sizes. Non 4x4 are not recommended and will be very hard for the second half of the stretch. To start from Tahoe city, pass the 73 start point and goto Bunker rd, turn left where it says ‘820’ (it sounds like a private road but is not). At the end, where house number 820 is, you will be greeted with a dirt track, follow this which will turn into paved rd.

off road driving
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Great 4x4 for beginners. A couple of minor tricky spots but nothing to worry about. Make sure to check where you are on the app, a couple of turns you can miss easily. The view at the end of Watson Peak Road is 100% worth the journey up there!

off road driving
Friday, June 15, 2018

Really good spot for beginners, awesome views.

off road driving
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Green gate to forest service road 71 is closed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The trail is amazing, but if you want to drive your rig there, the map isn't accurate. Take the fire road I believe it's 73 or go further up Bunker Dr through the green gates and it'll take ya there. Beautiful drive, though

off road driving
Sunday, July 29, 2012

This was a perfect trail for any beginner! Perfect trails and wonderful views from the top.

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