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

hiking
12 hours ago

If you like motorcross this is the hike for you. We were passed by a dozen or so dirt bikes spread out over the whole 3 miles on the way up, only to find a jeep convention at the top of the peak. Besides the motor vehicles it was a beautiful hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Terrific hike with great views from the trail and the summit of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness peaks. The trail is easy to follow but quite dusty at times. The hike to the peak was easy compared to most Tahoe area peak climbs, but the descent includes a long uphill section that can be tiring. We took our time and still did the entire 6.7 mile hike in under 4 hours.

Beautiful hike with great vistas. Right now they are quite muted by smoke from all the fires. Some pretty steep sections would make me rate this a bit harder. Some sections are very open making it tougher on a warm day. If it’s going to be a hot day, suggest an early start.

Great hike and scenic at the peak. Dusty trail but worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice hike with some gorgeous views. The first and last stretches are pretty steep, and be prepared for a lengthy uphill on the return trip. With the elevation and altitude it felt like an advanced intermediate hike, though the mileage is not too great. I’d definitely recommend this hike. The drive to the trailhead is very pretty as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this with my two sons as I was trying to get them outdoors. Beautiful views! They loved it!

This trail is truly a place of beauty during wildflower season. We tried to hike from Barker Pass Rd to Tahoe City but the road at Barker Pass is still closed. So we did an out and back from Tahoe City. I didn’t mind at all because the wildflowers are spectacular right now. My only issue is so much fire road and a lot of bikes. We started at 7am and it was quite busy.

backpacking
2 months ago

The lower and middle gates are closed. I walked the road to the trail head. As of 5/29/18, starting about mile 6 of the 7 mile road there was a ton of snow still on the road. About mile 6 1/2, there was a river from snowmelt going over/through the road damaging the pavement. It will be awhile before the gates are opened.

Because of the deep snow, finding the trail right after the trail head was very difficult. I made it halfway along the actual trail and decided not to go any further do to the added work of the 10 foot snow drifts.

All and all it was a great day. Ended up just shy of 17 miles with my 35 lbs. pack.

I will go again after the snow melts.

hiking
2 months ago

You can't get here yet, can't drive to the trailhead, the forest roads are still closed. I guess you could bike into the trailhead if you wanted but we were unprepared and turned around.

hiking
8 months ago

Love hiking around Tahoe!

10 months ago

Great wide trail, park right at trailhead. While rated as easy there is definitely an incline at parts so be prepared for that and rocky trail. Beautiful views! Hiked with our dog off leash and he lives it!

Semi hard to find the forks, I trekked up the road and split off at the first sign of another trail; somewhat slim but always easy to follow. This wooded hike will set you out about an hour and a half + rests. Definitely will start using this loop as a warm up when near Homewood.

Love the beautiful views and exhilarating hike!

This was beautiful, but harder than Moderate! Took us about 5 hours. there are some shale areas a bit slippery on the slope. gorgeous views, wildflowers, and trees. shaded most of the way.

hiking
11 months ago

Quick hike with Great views. Be ready for elevation.

11 months ago

Great hike, great views of Lake Tahoe! Still can't even reach the TH due to all of the snow on the road! Probably have to wait until August!

hiking
11 months ago

This trail starts out a little tough but it is worth it! It was an amazing view, I would hike it again!!

Went from Barker Pass to the Granite Chief Wilderness boundary. Great wildflowers and terrific views. Even in late August still a lot of running water which is awesome. Check out the photos.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I did Barker Pass to Richardson Lake and back. 12+ miles total with about 1360' elevation changes. Compared to previous years there are more live streams and the wildflowers are vibrant and diverse. I'm a fast hiker and completed the round trip in 4 hours. I posted a few pics. Go now and enjoy the flowers. You may need bug spray.

Friday, July 21, 2017

We have hiked this trail many times. The initial climb is a challenge but when you climax you see a beautiful view. The backside still has large patches of snow that proved too difficult to stay on the trail. We turned around halfway. The wildflowers were magnificent

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

The road to the trailhead is temporarily closed until the snow melts.... it's about a 4.5mile hike on pavement/snow just to get to the trailhead currently! Still beautiful but length of hike is doubled and there is alot of snow on trail-- we turned around once we got to the trailhead

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Wonderful. Not overly trekked, great views.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Desolation is the highlight (5 stars from echo to the Velma's), north of the Velma's it is a nice forest hike with some lakes and streams

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Really beautiful trail. Slightly intense climb in the beginning but epic views at the top and a lake at the other end. I'd say slightly more than moderate like the others are saying.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Would rate this as more than moderate - but we managed with two ten year olds, a 14 year old, a 16 year old, two parents, and two grand parents aged 71, one who had a hip replacement 4 years ago. A beautiful trail with remarkable sites of various lakes. As we reached the final ascent to the peak, the trail could have been marked more clearly - we chose the more difficult ascent, which was over loose scree and boulders. We must have missed the cairn to direct us to the right.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great trail and beautiful views of the surrounding valleys. Not many views of Tahoe if that's what you're looking for. Also, it's a 15 minute drive uphill from the lake. I would rate this slightly above Moderate. There are some steep uphill and downhill sections.

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Great views. Well worth the (unexpected) ascent/descent in the middle!

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Gorgeous July 3rd with wildflowers, gorgeous views...and a few spots of slippery dirt.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Michel Floyd, if you notice the sign at the Barker Pass side or Ellis Peak trailhead it says dirt bikes are allowed on the trail. Friends and I ride that trail and have been since the early 70's. Then there was no or very few hikers in the area at all. To my knowledge it is the only single track trail in the immediate Lake Tahoe area that motorcycles are allowed on. We are courteous when we do come across hikers and slow to a crawl or stop in the case of a dog running ahead with no leash. Which I see often. The only thing that is not cool are the hikers that will intentionally block the trail. I am not a expert but I think a hiker taking one step to the left or ride is more friendly to the trail than a motorcycle trying to go around the hiker. All things said. Hope you enjoyed the view from up there as much as we do.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

love the view of Tahoe! as well as the view of Hell Hole to the west. great hike to get perspective of our beautiful Sierras! quite the climb but so worth it. saw very few people, finished in the dark while jogging down the last mile.

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