Tamarack Peak is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Length3.1 miElevation gain980 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsSkiingSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildlifeSnow
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Ewout van Bekkum
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Bill T
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Snowshoeing

A great clear day. Snow a little sticky in the morning and slushy in places in afternoon. Although windy in parking lot, little to no wind on West facing slope and not much at top either.

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Sarah Audrey
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SnowshoeingIcy

Not a whole lot of snow this year, and trail was mostly already flattened out for us. Bit of effort to reach the peak, but beautiful & warm on this January day.

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Thomas Iida
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Good for snowshoeing. Trail was pretty easy to follow. Nice views along the way

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Jason Mead
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Amazing today. Didn’t make it all the way b/c our doggie had cold paws.. Next time!

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Tom Adamski
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SnowshoeingScrambleSnow

Great views of the lake. Mix of hillsides and forests. Easy to stay on track even in the snow.

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Santiago Prieto
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Great for snowshoeing.

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Mark Rogers
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Ashley E
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Gradually turned into somewhat of a blizzard while I was out there today (11/7) but beautiful and great hike for all levels nonetheless! Dress accordingly and don’t forget gloves like I did

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Wp Avu
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Kevin Naughton
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Lots of elevation gain. Trail is virtually invisible where it splits off from the Rim Trail at the intersection. If you follow the current GPX track, you WILL be scrambling straight up the side of a hill. I've submitted an edit for where the trail actually meets up with the Rim/Rose trail, so hopefully the GPX will be updated. As you work your way to the peak, the trail fades in and out, but it is relatively easy pathfinding. Beautiful views from the top. Nobody around once you split off from the Rim Trail.

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Beau Moore
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Kenneth Lund
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Great to be smoke free for a change

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Kim Walker
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Like everyone else said, relatively interpretive. Just keep looking for foot prints or stay along the upper rim/edge. Nice and secluded though and 1000ft elevation gain was fun!

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Marianne Vaughn
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No defined trail but nice hike

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Patrick Gillespie
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No real defined trail, but fantastic

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Philip Jasso
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Nice hike Tamarack Peak Trail Not well marked.

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Tony Fuentes
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Definitely had to keep a close eye on the GPS for this track. There is a subtle trail at times but not too hard to lose it every once in a while. Think the key is to find the right point to exit off the main trail. Followed the gps trail route here on all trails but had me scrambling up the side which you shouldn’t need to do. Much easier and gentle point to start ascending before this point, but no visible trail. Overall, and nice shorter hike.

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Veronica Viers
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The rocks and dirt in my boots will tell you that there’s no trail. If you’re into scrambling soft dirt in the direction of your own whim, make sure to gps the route the whole way. View at the top is rad, peak is marked with rebar. We found an actual trail being reclaimed by nature a couple of times, but for the majority we were finding our own way.

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Brian Atlas
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Nice hike. Took me a little while to find the ridgeline to follow to Tamarack Peak, but well worth it. There was nobody else on this particular trail today, very peaceful. Just a few snow patches remaining with a decent sized pile at the top of the hike as of 6/21/2020. Can see both Tahoe to the southwest and the desert valleys to the east. Not a super easy trail to follow until the Tamarack ridgeline becomes a little more prominent.

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Justin Brinegar
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Andi Bertolina
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Short and easy for great views. Still mostly covered in snow as of May 4th, 2020 but if you go early enough in the day the snow isn’t too icy nor too soft.

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Mike Orgill
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Alain Couder
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Great trail for snowshoeing Easy tofind as you follow the ridge You can make it a little longer by following the ridge from the parking lot and enjoy the view on both sides Rather than coming back the same way, I recommend from the summit to get down to the road that goes to relay peak and make the loop back to the parking lot

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Hugh Brantner
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The “trail” is great, as far as we went (not quite to the peak). But it is not a maintained trail. It is clear many have trod most parts of it. Some of its existence may depend on game. Because it is not maintained (or even a listed trail ever), one could argue against using it. It is lovely though. You ascend easily from a non-marked walk about 100 feet beyond the Rim Trail intersection. About 100 feet in, you’ll see an emergency sled chained to a tree. There is no clear trail here. However, if you keep toward the right and upward, you’ll find a trail, which gets a little lost here and there on flat areas. The wildflowers are great in late August. There is what looks like Monarda and Lupine of many different types as well as something that appears to be in the Mullein family. While the hike is off-trail, it is up a ridge with views to especially the right-hand side and quite beautiful. We enjoyed the flora immensely. Purists might argue that we should refrain from finding and using this “trail.” I might argue a clear trail might make a wonderful addition as a spur trail. Thoughts?

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Rebecca Allured
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So, there is zero trail from the Mt rose trail to the alleged ridge trail. You have to scramble up very steep, loose hillside. Would not recommend. We didn’t do it and ended up turning around to hike to tamarack lake. This trail should come down and not be listed.

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Julie Watson
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Loved this hike! I will say though there is no established trail until you’re up on the ridge so just follow your alltrails gps off trail up the ridge. Hiked this in August and there were still tons of wildflowers blooming. Went on a weekend and the mt rose trail was PACKED, but we saw zero people on tamarack which was a nice surprise.

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Allen Volz
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Great trail. Started on Mount Rose trail. Lost trail in the snow Found trail to Tamarack Peak and made it there.

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