Tunnel Creek Trail

MODERATE 229 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
1023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
1 minute ago

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

hiking
17 hours 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
13 days 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
18 days ago

Still some snow pack up top but pretty clear

hiking
2 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
3 months ago

Well marked with beautiful views

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

good views of lake

hiking
3 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
3 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.

4 months ago

Great views! Highly recommend.

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Was a beautiful trail, we thoroughly enjoyed.

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Park on the street fronting the Cafe and walk up the hill to the trailhead. The cafe is a great place to grab breakfast/lunch after your hike. Beer and Coffee plus other drinks with food are available.

The hike is a steady climb up, with a very well marked wide trail. I did the hike on a Monday so traffic was far less than the weekend, however plan on having numerous mountain bikers pass you. The best views are in the first 1-1.5 miles of the hike. There are a few great lookouts to take photos and overlook the water and incline village.

I would recommend this hike on a weekday and for great views of the north/northeast part of the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

A steady climb leads you to some stunning views of Lake Tahoe with lots of boulders. It was gorgeous. Make sure to take the steep trek up and check out Monkey Rock. The trail is very sandy, which adds another layer of challenge, but is worth it for the views!

hiking
7 months ago

Well maintained trail, well traveled by bikers, runners and hikers. It is all uphill but worth it to sit at the top and look out at the lake.

8 months ago

Cafe at the start of the trail so you can end start/end your hike with a beer and a sandwich.

hiking
8 months ago

Incline Village booty lift! Up up up the whole way to the top. Very little shade and lots of bike and foot traffic, so try to go early in the morning if you can. Gorgeous views of the lake, lots of good photo opps. The cafe at the beginning/end has a restroom around back for hikers and bikers.

hiking
8 months ago

Your heart gets pumping on the way up. The view of the lake is amazing (took lots of pics). Easy traveling on the way down. Really nice hiking experience.

hiking
8 months ago

Stunning views, nice wide trail/road.

9 months ago

all up hill, with super soft sand. so be prepared for that. good trail for dogs too

trail running
9 months ago

Amazing views, big climb, 3 miles up hill. Only down side is the parking was a mess. Be sure to park down on the road and walk the fist few hundred yards of pavement because there is no parking anywhere but at the bottom by the road

hiking
9 months ago

It's out and back, and goes up hill the whole time until you get to the turning point. Then its all down hill. At the top of the halfway point, you get a gorgeous view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas. A lot of it doesnt have much shade, so bring necessary sunscreen, hats, and water.

9 months ago

Great views of Tahoe!

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