Tahoe Rim to Watson Lake Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Tahoe Rim to Watson Lake Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoe Vista, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,050 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

backpacking
11 days ago

Checked out this trail and did an overnight on 4 July. The trail itself is very good. Well marked and easy to navigate with a few uphill moments that’ll get you sweating. Not many viewpoints, but the trail fully immerses you in Tahoe National Forest and there are three meadows with tons of flowers. My issue was the end state at the lake. The campsite is free and pretty small so it fills up quickly. They also have fire pits and bear canisters so that’s nice. But the campsite is also accessible by car, meaning that over holidays and long weekends it becomes a party. There’s also an off-roading trail that goes through the campsite so expect to see lots of trucks and jeeps kicking up dust. There is also a strange amount of traffic that comes in and out of the site throughout the night. And overall it was a pretty dirty campsite, with cigarette butts and dog crap all over. If that’s your jam, then party on Garth. But if you’re like me and want some solitude after a long day on the trail, check out other lakes like Aloha, Echo, Clyde and Paradise.

hiking
1 month ago

Obstructed views of the lake at several points. Signage could be better along the way.

10 months ago

Not a great view of lake.

10 months ago

long hike...the payoff is not worth it.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Good hike in snowshoes. Went in April 2017. Lots of snowmobiles around but they stuck to their trails for the most part. Diesel smell wasn't the best... Lots of snow when we went so it was beautiful but it was hard to get a view through the trees. Did this hike due to low avalanche risk compared to nearby hikes.

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