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Rainbow Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 22 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Elizabeth F.
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HikingBugs
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Emily Kolessar
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Hiking

Beautiful and educational, rainbow trail is a lovely tribute to the environmental diversity Lake Tahoe has to offer. From frogs to beavers to bears there is an abundance of animal life in this brisk walk.

digdog
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HikingMuddy
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Darcy Z
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Hiking

Not a hike but rather a beautiful stroll in the fall amongst all the trees changing colors and the Kokanee swimming in the creek. A great experience for all ages and abilities.

Rouben C.
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Walking

Off Hwy 89. An easy stop and well worth it. It starts at the visitors" center. Paved, good place to see Salmon swimming and the Aspens changing colour.

Andrew Longlet
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Hiking

Easy trail, but very educational and worth the stop (free!) Visit in October to see the salmon spawn and hope to catch a bear.

Brittany Himes
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Hiking

Great little trail through the marsh, forest and stream areas right in front of Lake Tahoe. Paved and very easy to walk. I loved the educational material and stream profile chamber!

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Windy Carmickle
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Hiking

Great for young kids. Super informative plaques throughout. Great trail for a quick stop.

K Walsh
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Hiking

Very pleasant walk through the Taylor Creek area to learn about the ecosystem. The trail is kept up beautifully. Paved walkway throughout makes it great for families and less agile people. It got a bit too crowed for us at certain points. People need to be aware of others and share the pathway. We didn't mind walking through a slightly overflowing flow of water since few ventured that way!

Jane Knapp
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Hiking

The trail is still washed out in certain areas, otherwise I would give it 5 stars. Nevertheless, you can still walk far enough for beautiful, serene views that delight all ages. You can also get to the aquarium right now, which makes the hike worth it, but have to turn around shortly after that due to flooding.

Keith Mazini
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HikingWashed out

this is trail is very simple, but a lot of fun. There is an aquarium on the trail! Part of the trail is washed out and over 3-4 inches deep as of this posting

Michael Cutler At EarthTrek Gear
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Hiking

While there are no guarantees that you'll see bears, this is the one trail in my life where I have seen more bears than any other place. Every October people flock here to see the salmon run, with hundreds of fish in certain spots, and the potential to see black bears enjoying their autumn buffet. We came on October 13th this year, but were a little dissappointed there were few fish. It is usually the middle of October. Maybe we were too early. Either way, this is a fun family activity, with the trail to Baldwin and Kiva Beaches, along with the rainbow loop seeing the cool autumn sun shining through the yellow aspens. This year, the aquarium was closed for construction. The trail is easy, and can fit handicapped walkers, along with elderly and young children. Beware of the crowds. Overall, a must-do activity if you're in South Lake Tahoe. - Mike & Angel, EarthTrek Gear

Brad Pietrzak
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Easy and flat trail

Michael Weston
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Walking

Very easy but great and informative hike. Excellent for younger kids but all ages will enjoy.

La Be
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Nature trips

SUPER EASY and informative trail that made me appreciate how Lake Tahoe has stayed crystal clear. Well marked trail, mix of gravel, wood decking, and asphalt. Hardly any elevation.

Suzie Prince
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Great for a walk with a baby carrier

Kim Navarrete
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Walking

Short, easy trail. Some of it is paved and there are plaques along the way you can read about the environment. The trail goes along Taylor Creek and underground where you can look through a glass into the creek and see all the fish. Lots of tourists but a good trail for kids.

Steve Russell
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Walking

The trail was great except for the section that was closed due to repairs. We walked one way until the trail ended then back the other way. We all enjoyed the under water viewing area.

Chi-yong Throckmartin
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Hiking

Trail was closed about halfway through due to flooding. Still nice scenery.

Mike Sheehan
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Hiking

Trail is flooded for a bit due to amount of rain/snow the past season, but it's still a neat trail. In this short trail you will see stream, marsh, meadow, and forest environments, which is very cool. We arrived late, but you can also view the stream from under it from 9AM-4PM daily.

Jessica Zamudio
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Easy and kid friendly trail.

Lyndsay Anderson
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Walking

Great for kids. We went in beautiful October so there were big crowds about 10-11am. Part of the trail was flooded so you had to go out and back instead of a loop. American black bear was nearby. Bathrooms at the visitors center.

Sarah Moraida
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Walking

Love this place! We come here every time we're in Tahoe. Nice walk on paved pathways and if you come in October you can see all the salmon in the creek!

Yosune Baltra
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Walking

Very nice walk through the wetlands. It is easy and paved so we could take our baby with the stroller.

Trisha Sultani
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There are currently two different map locations for this trail. This trail is NOT located on Lookout Point circle. Don't waste your time looking for it there. This trail is located off of Visitor Center Drive, near Camp Richardson. Easy trail, paved and flat. Great for kids. There is a another trail nearby that leads to the lake.

Trisha Sultani
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There are currently two different map locations for this trail. This trail in NOT located on lookout point circle. Don't waste your time looking for it there. This trail is located off of Visitor Center Rd. When you get there it's a very easy paved walk. There is also another trail nearby that leads to the lake.

Aneta M
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Hiking

Nice and easy for a family hike. Close enough to walk to the beach afterwards and have a picnic. Edit: did hike in 2015, due to drought the river was dry.

Tami Pangelina
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Walking

Beautiful meadows, the creek is nice too!!

Hiking to Waterfalls
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Walking

Beautiful trail! This is great for kids and easy enough for all skill levels. Paved and boardwalk path - wheelchair accessible:)

Thomas M
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Lovely and informative. Short portion was under a few inches of water, but not a problem.

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