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The Dolder Nature Trail

EASY 49 reviews

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 primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 101 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
29 days ago

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 :)

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail with beach access.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Had a great time doing this loop today. Weather was beautiful and the scenery didn't disappoint. Trail was nice and easy. Bring bug spray to save yourself from the aggressive mosquitoes.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

muddy
snow
6 months ago

was tricky finding the trail with the snow that was still on the ground. also the "lighthouse" that is mentioned on some of the maps is a pole with a light on it. a bit of a disappointment but still a beautiful hike.

Sun Jun 03 2018

Really nice trail. There is a paved trail that leads out to this trail that starts Sugar Pine area that you can bring leashes dogs on.

hiking
Tue Jul 05 2016

Beautiful, easy trail loop with portions that offer Lake Tahoe shoreline access, and the entirety of the trail amongst giant pine and spruce trees. First quarter is paved, then breaks to dirt once you are deeper.

hiking
Mon Jul 29 2013

There is a 10 dollar day use fee

Thu Oct 28 2010

This is a nice little hike through the woods near the beach. There are a few openings with beach access where you can walk to the sandy beach.

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