Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock Viewpoint

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Tahoe National Forest

Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock Viewpoint is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Beach, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 738 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Great day hike off the TRT to the Spur Trail Viewpoint (Picnic Rock) often thought of as the best views for the least amount of work. Moderate gain in elevation with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding peaks makes this a must do short hike in the Tahoe area. The trailhead is up the hill from Northstar, between Truckee and Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe. Park in the lot on 267, or if you have 4WD or a higher clearance vehicle, you can drive a ways up the dirt road across from the parking area. The trail is smooth single track and can easily be extended into a longer hike if you stay on the Rim Trail. If you just want to go to the viewpoint, about a mile in you will see a tree with an arrow shaped sign that says "Picnic Rock Lake View" letting you know you are almost there. There is no water along the trail, but there is a bit of shade to keep you cool on warmer days.

I did make the mistake in the beginning of starting below the trail. Once the app said I was way off because I couldn’t turn, I ended up scrambling up the side of the ridge. Beyond that. It’s a nice hike with a good look at the whole lake

Great short hike that peaks with excellent views. The dust makes it a bit slippery. Lots of dogs!

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23 days ago

Relatively short hike. Easy for elderly hikers as well as young kids. The views are simply amazing at the top. This hike is my go-to for friends and family visiting the area because it never disappoints and all agree it’s spectacular. No snow o the trail in early May. Highly recommend!

Stunning views of Lake Tahoe at the Vistapoint!

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29 days ago

It was my first hike in too many years! Great time allergies started with new foliage. Closer to top there is ice but with a walking stick, no problem

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1 month ago

really fun! fine with tennis shoes or hiking boots, snow wasn’t that bad...nicely packed. incredible views! mild hike!

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1 month ago

Best bang for your buck hike in the area! It's a well graded hike up to a gorgeous lookout and as the snow starts to melt I imagine it will get busier and busier. The trail was still quite snowy, but nothing that some decent books couldn't handle. The view is unparalleled.

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3 months ago

The view at the top is well worth the steep hike up, it was still very snowy and icy, recommend traction or grips.

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3 months ago

First hike in this region, so I was pretty stoked. No problem about halfway up with just hiking boots, then the trail became more consistently covered in snow/ice. Got out my poles and spikes and was grateful to have them. Lost the trail completely during the last stretch up to the rocks- scrambled my way up, though a bit sketchy- sunk a handful of times, once up to my hips. Snow shoes would have made this much easier. Granted, on my way down parts of the trail were already significantly more melted than on my way up. The views of Lake Tahoe from the top are stunning !

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Super fun snowshoe for half of us and a hike (with poles) for the other. The trail was iced over snow but beautiful. Gorgeous day and a nice little bit of effort for a day off skiing.

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4 months ago

Great hike just off the highway. We hiked this on 12/30/2019 in our hiking boots and were for the most part ok. A few slippery spots near the top where it gets steeper. I imagine it may also get icier either in the morning or towards the end of the day. Payoff at the end was great.

Beautiful view of the lake and mountains from the top.

This is a classic Tahoe hike, with a rewarding panoramic view of the lake. It is close in to town and a nice easy distance. It is a popular trail, so it can be a little crowded. Well worth your time!

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