The Dolder Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length2.1 miElevation gain101 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestLakePartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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A relaxing hike near the lake shore with a visit to the highest operating navigational lighthouse and a sandy beach The Dolder Nature Trail will take you through the Edwin L. Z'Berg Natural Preserve on a nice 2-mile loop near the lake with a stop at the highest (based on elevation) operating navigational lighthouse, and an entrance to a beautiful sandy beach. Edwin L. Z'Berg was an important California State assemblyman who fought hard to protect the environment of California, and especially Lake Tahoe. He helped to regulate timber harvesting and prevent water pollution while also providing important funding to help state and local parks grow. To protect Lake Tahoe, he wrote legislation to manage human impact on the area, and this preserve serves to honor his commitment and all that he accomplished.

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Cindy Price
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Hiking

We hit a few patches of snow. It was a lovely hike. We had the entire trail to ourselves.

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Amanfs Fuentes
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Some patches of snow. Beautiful

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Melissa Doiron
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We love this trail! We usually visit this trail after a particularly strenuous hike - provides a nice break! Always find sugar pine cones along the way. Beautiful!

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Annie Schmidt
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Corey Frickel
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Jack Hopper
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Icy and at an angle in the beginning, snowshoes were a lifesaver.

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Priyanka Pandit
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Jelly-N-Wack Thorpe
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This is probably one of the best, gentle hikes (little elevation gain) around all of Lake Tahoe. Maybe tied with Spooner Lake trail. Nice! The giant trees are amazing. Their Sugar Pine cones are yuge!

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Charissa Jessepe
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Walking

Beautiful, peaceful trail. Our favorite portion was alongside the lake! But also has a serene portion in the woods; great combo. Good for all abilities.

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Gina Subido
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Awesome view of the lake; great hike for all ages.

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Chris Butson
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It is a nice quiet trail with beautiful views. Loved our walk and the exploration. Learned the yellow tags on the trees help to keep you on the right path.

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MATTHEW W BROTZE
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Yana Dugan
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Such a gorgeous piece of nature! It’s in a state park with $10 day fee and a huge parking lot. The beach is spectacular, sandy and not crowded (at least on the weekday that I was there). The forest part of the hike is where I saw black bears (I think it was a mom with two cubs). One of my favorite hikes that I did around Lake Tahoe. It’s rather short and is easy, but the combination of beach and forest made it really fun.

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Matt Krzywicki
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This was a bit of a surprise as to how nice it was. If you’re looking for a challenger this isn’t difficult at all. Very level, lots of views of the water to break off the trail with little private beaches. The Sugar Pine forest smells wonderful and it has a little bit of everything. Really enjoyed this walk.

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Devon Marcille
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I got confused on the trail and decided to beach it. Sandy beautiful beach with lots of people swimming and boating.

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Kira Sparks
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Pretty trail, partially in the woods and partially along the lake. Great if you want to pair a hike with some time at the beach. It wasn’t crowded, so it’s good for social distancing. It’s not the most *exciting* trail but great for a nice, not strenuous, walk.

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Leslie Hall
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Walking

Gorgeous dirt path that snakes through woods and by the lake. Being a nature trail I was hoping for some informational signs or a brochure, but did not see anything obvious once you passed the buildings.

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Jacob Stewart
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Great walk in the winter with our dogs. Warm weather meant most of the snow was melted, so it made for a nice and mellow walk. We had the whole place to ourselves, a lovely bit of solitude.

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Katie Dugan
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Went in January- snow shoes probably useful but not 100% necessary. Great lake views and nice easy hiking trail!

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Alex Barrera
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It was beautiful! But we saw a bear on the forest-side of the loop maybe ten minutes in. So we bailed, went back to enjoy the water some more before calling it a day. So just a heads up there’s at least one small bear who likes this trail too :)

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Meghan Walsh
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Easy trail with beach access.

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Flying for Fuel
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Super easy trail. If you are concerned about getting up to Tahoe and wanting something to get used to the altitude, perfect starter trail

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Ewa Hanczar
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Hiking

a lovely trail for the whole family; we went clockwise and stopped at the beach on the way back.

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K Walsh
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Beautiful walk in the woods near the lake. Watch for bears, we almost had to turn around, but he graciously gave us wide berth ambling away.

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Veronika Savinova
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Recommend to everyone who wants friendly dogs trail. It took us like an hour. Very nice views all along the hike. hike starts on paved road and turn right on dirt road where bike rack is. Follow signs on trees or use “all trails map”. You’ll have phone service whole time.Very easy sweet and short 2 miles hike.

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