Explore the most popular trails near Carnelian Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Carnelian Bay, California Map
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rocky
1 month ago

10/13/19 Both ends of the trail are open. Did this trail on a stock Jeep with KO2’s. 4x4 is recommended in some areas. Main road is paved (till a point heading south) a lot more trails off the main road, did not explore this time.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike. No on street parking but there is plenty of parking just past the Forrest service gate. Wide gravel road with minimal traffic.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Again AllTrails distance is way off But I did enjoy the hike

Tue Oct 16 2018

Good easy hike up. Lots of colors to see on a fall day. Weekday was nice, not too much traffic.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Jun 30 2018

road is closed for offroad driving as of may 26th.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Jun 23 2018

This isn’t really just one trail. Mount Watson Blvd is a paved road that takes you through the area. There you can take dirt trails in many different directions. Overall it’s a great area to explore, but if you are trying to follow a trail from the app you are pretty much on your own to decide where you want to go. The map I followed was just a paved road, so I did my own exploring.

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Thu Jun 14 2018

A beautiful walk in the woods after we left the gravel road area at the very beginning on the hike. Not strenuous at all. Just a little hard to find the beginning but then it was a great little hike. No construction workers today, very quiet and serene.

Fri Sep 15 2017

Good trail. Easy hike. Could have been great if it were not for the construction area. Halfway through trees are being cut and hauled out. Ruins it.

Sun Aug 27 2017

This was a fairly easy quick hike. Great for the little ones.

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Wed Jun 28 2017

Visiting Tahoe for a few days and this trail is near our rental house. Parking is just at the end of a residential street, no lot. This trail connects with many others, but to follow the route on this map stick to the right and you'll eventually see some signs marking it as a recreational area. Steady but moderate incline to a bridge over Watson Creek with a bit of a waterfall. Trail kept going and likely connects with other trails, including Tahoe Rim Trail, which seems to go to Watson Lake, but I didn't actually walk it so don't know for sure. We stopped at the bridge and were satisfied with that. On our way back we used the map on the app to do a short detour that brought us through a meadow with a tiny creek (in late June) and back to the main trail. Pleasant trail, no lake view, only see the creek once at the bridge, charming woods like what I've been seeing around North Tahoe. Glad I went.

on Par Course

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Thu Jun 30 2016

This was a nice little stroll! Gentle incline up to a bridge over Watson Creek. The trail marked here on the app is a fire road. But we entered and connected from the foot path at the end of High Street, which we really enjoyed - woodsy, shady, passes a meadow. Another day hikers reported a bear up a tree! (Late June)

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Mon May 23 2016

I've been hiking this trail since I was a kid. It's a beautiful walk through the woods with some small streams. Several points to stop and exercise along the way. Great for all ages, young and old. Right after the snow melts in the spring it's a great spot to see snow flowers popping up out of the ground.

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