Tunnel Creek Trail

MODERATE 278 reviews
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Tunnel Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Incline Village, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

no shade

hiking
17 days ago

I am giving this trail four stars for the views alone. (Before I get into the review, let’s talk about the rating system for a moment. This trail is designated as “moderate”; however, if you’re slightly out of shape you will quickly learn that it should have been labeled as “most likely to send you into cardiac arrest.” It’s steep.) This trail has a TON of mountain bikers and many of them come barreling down the trail without warning. This gets annoying pretty quickly. Now, to be fair, some of them seem to be well versed in trail etiquette, but not all.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked this on 6/23/2018 with my kiddo in the hiking pack. The views of Lake Tahoe are just beautiful. We parked along Route 28, just across from the cafe.

It is U P H I L L all the way up with no real flat sections. Lots of mountain bikers who were very courteous; just be mindful of them coming around the corners. There was some shade on the trail but it was mostly exposed. We turned around at 2 miles instead of continuing up to the Flume Trail connection because we wanted to see the monkey/gorilla rock. That was really neat and worth the slight side trip.

As you’re headed back down the trail, you’ll come to an intersection with a signpost that says “trail” and has arrows pointing left and right. Take the upper right trail and after a couple hundred yards you’ll come to some boulders on a hill, you can see the monkey rock just down the hill to the right of the boulders as you’re facing the lake.

Bathrooms at trailhead: Yes, but for cafe customers only. My toddler loved the strawberry smoothie :)
Stroller-friendly: Technically yes, in that the trail is pretty smooth and wide, but I’d recommend a carrier.

1 month ago

Just a wonderful, super scenic hike. You can make it any length you need.
Great sandwiches at the Cafe at the bottom. We took them to go and had lunch at Sand Harbor. Perfect!

hiking
1 month ago

Rated moderate only for the incline. Easily walked up while in a sling 3 weeks after rotator cuff surgery. Views are awesome. The stop and turn around is really not a destination. You just turn around at 2.4 or anywhere you choose.
There is no parking behind the cafe as of now. You have to park in side of hwy then begin your walk up and past the cafe. The trail won’t start for about a quarter of a mile or a little more.

1 month ago

Great hike, it’s been a while since I have hiked so it took me a bit, but loved the spots to stop and take pictures, then great food at the end.

1 month ago

Amazing views! And this is the perfect weather to do the hike!

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

1 month ago

Really lovely hike, especially if you’re looking for something not too far from Reno. The views are beautiful and the hike isn’t too hard. Really stunning rocks to climb and scramble on and also get a great view.

2 months ago

Tez z

2 months ago

Great views!!! Upper half of the hike was beautiful but stopped in an uneventful way. Had to hike off trail a bit to get to see the highest view of the lake!

2 months ago

Great hike, gorgeous views. Fairly trafficked

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views! There's still some snow near the top of the trail, but nothing hiking boots can't handle.

hiking
2 months ago

Parking is at the cafe at the bottom of the trail. The views for this trail were pretty amazing and the trail is mostly sand and very well maintained. A lot of dogs off leash today. The elevation gain at the beginning of the hike is pretty significant, but the side trail leading to an overlook was a good place to enjoy the view! There was also some snow at the end of the hike before the turnaround. I brought micro spikes, but managed fine in my boots.

hiking
3 months ago

fun hike wonderful views and not too steep an incline and pretty easy trail. slushy snow at the top that got our feet wet. thicker socks and better boots would have solve that though.views well worth the hike

hiking
3 months ago

Still some snow pack up top but pretty clear

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike! You can cut through to take a quick peek of the monkey rock and the beautiful 270 degree view of the lake. Shortcut is a bit steep but well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Well marked with beautiful views

hiking
6 months ago

Late but we did this hike Thanksgiving Day and it was such a beautiful escape for the morning. My Pup loves to see snow so having some patches up at the top of the hike was perfect for him!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail. Very steep but the view is so awesome it is totally worth it. Princess my black lab loved all the new smells.

hiking
6 months ago

Love trail and views of Lake Tahoe.
Didn’t like the three dog owners that didn’t have their dog on leases.

hiking
6 months ago

Gets your heart pumping. Took us one hour to do the 2.4 miles one way up. The way down took approx 35 min. There is a $1 fee for hikers paid via the honor system. Saw a little more doggie doo that I’d expect as Tahoe trails are usually very clean. Trash can at the end was overflowing. Overall a nice hike. I’d do it again.

6 months ago

good views of lake

hiking
6 months ago

Good wide trail. Fairly steep sections but mostly on the front end. Beautiful views. First 1.5 miles contain most of the views. Ends at trail head for longer hikes of 5 and 11 miles.

hiking
6 months ago

Views to do for! Did it after a light snow. Icy at points, even my snow boots were a little iffy. Was a little jelly of my friend’s ice cleats. Highlight was definitely the Mark Twain bench...most beautiful picnic ever.

7 months ago

Great views! Highly recommend.

hiking
7 months ago

Nov 17, 2017
Hiked in with snow at the 2 mile mark. A couple of off-trail adventures, and back down to see Monkey Rock to round out a 6.8 mile hike in 2 hours. plenty to pic.

walking
8 months ago

If I could put the smell of the trail in a candle I’d burn it forever

9 months ago

Was a beautiful trail, we thoroughly enjoyed.

9 months ago

Great hike up! Tough but worth the climb! Best views!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike with beautiful views of the lake. The end of the trail per AllTrails seems to be an arbitrary point so you can make the hike a lot longer if you want. Trail was partially shaded.

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