Rainbow Trail

EASY 36 reviews

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.

0.7 miles
13 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

21 days ago

Great for a walk with a baby carrier

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

8 months 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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Easy and kid friendly trail.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

Monday, August 01, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful meadows, the creek is nice too!!

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

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!

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