Rainbow Trail

EASY 20 reviews
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Rainbow Trail is a 0.7 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.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
22 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

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.

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7 months ago

Easy and kid friendly trail.

walking
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

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!

walking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful meadows, the creek is nice too!!

walking
11 months ago

walking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

one of my favorite hikes

hiking
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This is a great hike (more like stroll on paved path) that takes you through the different habitats found in Lake Tahoe. The best time to go is during the Kokanee Salmon run when they have a huge family friendly festival that teaches you all about the salmon traveling upstream to mate. The fish are bright red, and it's a beautiful thing to see. The trail takes you through an underground fish chamber so you can see what is going in under the water. So much fun!