Tahoe Vista Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
#21 of 165 trails in

Tahoe Vista Trail is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Beach, 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a lovely hike. Trail was well marked but not super crowded. Bikes share the trail but they were very polite. Awesome wildflowers about 1.5 miles in and to the vista point at about 3.7-4 mile marker on App. I wish it was a loop

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Well marked and beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Good starter hike experience for families with young kids.

hiking
11 months ago

I did this trail on 8/20/17. The wildflowers were already gone, but it was still a great hike. I'll summarize the comments I found most helpful:
-This is Tahoe Rim Trail. Arrive early because parking fills up. Make sure you start your hike on the side of the highway heading UP the hill!
-Contrary to what other commenters said, this out and back DOES end with a view (at the turnaround point). You'll know you're close when you start hiking up the very rocky hillside - then will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe.
-You can turn left to head up the 1/2 mile on Spur View Trail to have a shorter hike and a still lovely view.
-As others said, there is no water source so bring plenty of water.

I hiked this trail alone without poles and found that I didn't need them. There is some gradual uphill most of the way out but it is not so steep that I wasn't able to keep up a good pace. I am sure it is an even more beautiful hike when the flowers are blooming. It was relatively secluded and I ran into very few people after I passed Spur View Trail. I recommend this hike!

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beautiful long hike but bring water. The wildflowers are fabulous right now. We went all the way to Watson lake and back which was 12 miles round trip

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our 18 year old sons managed it with ease. Dad and I made it with some altitude issues, but it was well worth it. The boys took the short 1/2 mile Spur View detour and loved it.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Tahoe Vista Trail is actually the Tahoe Rim Trail. It is beautiful and covered with wildflowers, particularly in the flat areas, in July. If you are looking for the beautiful panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, you actually need to take a short side trail called "the spur view trail." This trail is 1/2 mile out and back and worth doing.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Made it about 2 miles up before there was too much snow and had to turn back. Still really nice views and the trail wasn't very busy either.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nice very easy hike with a beautiful lookout!

Was able to do it in late December.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Good hike. Went during offseason. Saw all the remnants of the wildflowers. Gets me excited to come back in a couple months.

The end of the hike is quite anti-climactic if wildflowers aren't in bloom. It's easy to walk pat the end cause you're left feeling a little underwhelmed.

I'd give it 3 stars if not for the potential it showed for spring.

snowshoeing
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Awesome hike to the Vista point

recorded Great views worth the hike

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Load More