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Best trails in Alta

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Looking for a great trail near Alta, California? AllTrails has 5 great forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around South Yuba River State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Auburn State Recreation Area or Tahoe Donner Trail System. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Alta ranging from 3.9 to 35.9 miles and from 3,871 to 7,621 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Alta
Top trails (5)
#1 - Fordyce Falls Via Spaulding Lake Trail [CLOSED]
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 24 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Excellent summer 11-miler out-and-back hike through the woods and a lake with pleasant views to arrive at a delightful and invigorating Fordyce Falls (~4 miles to the falls, continue on to Grouse Ridge Trail and end up at Eagle Lakes). Plenty of open granite slabs around the creek to nap, picnic, and do some excellent photography. Some of the Spaulding Lake Trail passes through large pipes carrying a multi-lake water collection and transportation system for hydro-electric generation. This system is minimally intrusive to the natural habitat and beauty of the region. The Spaulding Lake beach along the trail is a nice place to take a break in and out of the Falls. After heavy rains there can be high water near the start of the trail. Some of this old trail is not maintained well and is difficult to follow. Note: Many users have reported that this trail contains rattlesnakes. It is not recommended to take unleashed dogs along this trail.Show more
#2 - Sierra Discovery Trail [CLOSED]
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. The Sierra Discovery Trail loop is an interesting, and easy interpretive trail, explaining the geology and ecology of the Bear Valley and the Sierra Nevada. The trail starts out as pavement crossing a bridge over the Bear River. To get to Bear River Falls, go left after Bear River bridge, and you'll see the falls shortly on your left. After seeing the waterfall, continue on the loop trail back around to the parking lot.Show more
#3 - Feely Lake and Round Lake [CLOSED]
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.Show more
#4 - Bowman Road and Meadow Lake Road to Henness Pass [CLOSED]
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 35.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Bowman Road is closed Jan 1- Mar 31 each year due to winter weather conditions. Check the Forest Service website for open/closure information- https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=55462. The route shown on this page is meant for off-road driving. However, there are several hikes along Bowman Rd and Meadow Lake Rd. This road can be rocky and muddy depending on weather conditions, so 4 wheel drive is recommended. This route can be accessed from the south by Highway 20, but visitors can also access it from the north via Henness Rd.Show more
#5 - Green Valley Trail [CLOSED]
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.Show more