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 beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length3.1 miElevation gain738 ftRoute typeOut & 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 also drive a ways up the dirt road across from the parking area to another lot. 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.

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Aaron S
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Very little snow melting towards the top. Brought pups with us. Beautiful views- very worth the hike up!

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Charlotte Zuzarte Mack
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Nice quick hike! No need for snowshoes or crampons!

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Ann Spencer
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Wow!

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Xiaomei Ning
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it is very scenery

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Mallory Channell
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Matthew Kraljev
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Lot of traffic on a sunday. Nice easy with great views though.

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Dream Girl
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Great!

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Esther Normoyle
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Loved it! Beautiful view at the top and easy to do in regular tennis shoes.

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Andrew Thompson
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Very easy going trail! It’s not very steep but you will be gaining elevation very steadily

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Brett Collins
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Sachin Kumawat
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Shanawaz Nadaf
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Vaibhav Arora
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Amazing views of the lake from the top. The trail is not very steep, and has a steady elevation gain. We did the hike in March with heavy snow and used snow shoes, which helped. Some of the initial switchbacks were tough to navigate with the snow - following the AllTrails map helped.

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Nadav Yakobian
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Neat

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Tom Adamski
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Great views.

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Bilal Farooq
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Christa Seyler
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Amazing trail- pretty minimal effort for the amazing views you get at the top. Picnic rock is a 360 view of Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. You could probably manage with just micro spikes or yaktraks but I went with snowshoes and definitely recommend it... snow was packed in some areas but more powdery in others.

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Ewout van Bekkum
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Ryan Rumble
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Suki Bear
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Beautiful. The trail is packed snow. We went straight up and down snowshoes. Saw a few groups of people. Snowshoes off trail. Poles and spikes on trail recommended at this time.

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Kimberly Wilson
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Definitely harder than I thought it would be - mainly because it was snowing and and we had a 1 year old and a 4 year old with us. Conditions that day made snowshoes a must if you wanted to make it to the top without sinking a million times into the snow. All and all glad we did it; the scenery was beautiful!!!!

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Jeff V
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Fantastic for snowshoeing! We were thrilled to arrive just hours after a heavy snowfall. Made for some fun fresh tracking. The trail is well known and easy to navigate. Open forest that offers a direct route to those who are comfortable with a steady climb, or a more moderate approach that follows the contour lines. Achievable for families with a touch of determination, and a view that makes it well worth the effort.

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Melisa Cambron
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Packed snow, doable without snowshoes but recommended just to make it easier.

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Asher Carey
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Killer view payoff for a short hike

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Kyra Whitelaw
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Grant Adams
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The uphill hike on the first half is worth it! Great view on top!

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Sierra Salinas
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icy trails during winter make it hiking without spikes tricky, but the lovely view at the end is worth it!

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Lilly Dub
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Great view at the top! But the snow was super slushy.

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Ryan Kennedy
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