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

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice trail. I hiked it in April 2018 and most of the trail was snow covered, but it was frozen enough that I did not need my snowshoes. There’s a great viewpoint of Lake Tahoe just off a little trail about 1 mile down the TRT. I hiked to the Fire Lookout and up the last few meters to the summit of Martis Peak. About 10 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain, round trip. Make sure you know where you are going when there is snow on the ground.

Nice little hike. Well maintained and marked to cool view. We just saw a few people and some discarded dog waste bags (eww). Otherwise a great moderate short hike.

25 days ago

Great hike/walk. Easy slight uphill to the lake which is darling and currently has lots of water. Lots of shade and lots of trees but not a dense forest so you can see everything around you. 5 paws up according to my dogs.

Super easy walk to Picnic Rock. Great view of the Tahoe basin. Take a picnic and enjoy the sunny view. Good snow shoe hike in the winter. Could be 5 stars but copious amounts of dog poop require constant attention on the trail and detracts from outdoorsy atmosphere.

Great spot. Beautiful vistas. Trail that continues towards Nevada is a bit icy, glad I had poles.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Well marked and beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Good starter hike experience for families with young kids.

The view at the top was worth the hike, even for our kids who are usually grumpy hiking uphill. Lots of families with kids on the trail. The view made for great family pics.

Very nice scenic view with a great payoff at the end with an assortment of large flat rocks to picnic or take in the views. Easily connects to other trails if you’re in the mood to extend your hike.

Nice short walk and great scenery

6 months ago

Great hike for people looking for some exercise but aren’t trying to over do it. Bring plenty water and snacks. Takes about 3 hours !

Great easy/moderate trail to exceptional views perfect place to bring a picnic, thermos of coffee, bottle of wine, good whiskey etc .... and just sit on one of the many flat rock formations at the top it’s a good idea to bring a packable jacket or blanket as it can be quite windy and chilly at the top

Take trail up to picnic spot. Sit on Rick formation and enjoy the views!

hiking
7 months ago

Lake Ella Trail provided an exceptional short, easy hike for me and my daughter (Ella) on a fine October day. The trail head is easy to find, with ample parking. The first (and last) mile, all on asphalt, was easy and provided a nice look around to where we were headed. Martis Lake, to the south of the dam, and the Martis Valley served up some nice views. Once we hooked left (east) and started up the main trail in Waddell Ranch Preserve the rest was predominantly in the trees with few, if any, vistas. The grade is smooth and easy up to Lake Ella and well-marked with nicely done iron signs. Lake Ella was a splendid surprise, having never known of it even after living nearby for over thirty years. Although it is also identified on signage as "Dry Lake", this was not the case, and the lake was quite full, no doubt a result of the recent record snowfall the previous winter. There are nice spots to sit, including a picnic table, and overall a quiet scene. On our return trip, we took the "Emily Loop" which took us through the trees on a winding, switchback-laden trail that appeared to have been designed for mountain bikers. It was clearly rarely used in recent times, and in places difficult to see the actual trail. Thanks to the track on All Trails, we were able to navigate the return. One high point was the "David Brown"lookout over Martis Valley just above where the trail turns back towards Martis Lake. Overall discovering this trail made for a great day hike and a wonderful time for father & daughter!

Super easily accessible short hike. Great for a quick workout.

8 months ago

Beautiful, I thought there would be more shade with all the trees. I also would consider this a moderate hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Hike to the fire watch station amazing views

Not too busy Labor Day weekend. Handful of hikers, no cyclists. Parking available on the uphill side of 267 if you drive up a very short distance to the trailhead signboard, plenty of space on the wrong side of 267 as well.

on Tahoe Vista Trail

hiking
8 months ago

I did this trail on 8/20/17. The wildflowers were already gone, but it was still a great hike. I'll summarize the comments I found most helpful:
-This is Tahoe Rim Trail. Arrive early because parking fills up. Make sure you start your hike on the side of the highway heading UP the hill!
-Contrary to what other commenters said, this out and back DOES end with a view (at the turnaround point). You'll know you're close when you start hiking up the very rocky hillside - then will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe.
-You can turn left to head up the 1/2 mile on Spur View Trail to have a shorter hike and a still lovely view.
-As others said, there is no water source so bring plenty of water.

I hiked this trail alone without poles and found that I didn't need them. There is some gradual uphill most of the way out but it is not so steep that I wasn't able to keep up a good pace. I am sure it is an even more beautiful hike when the flowers are blooming. It was relatively secluded and I ran into very few people after I passed Spur View Trail. I recommend this hike!

Beautiful hike! Trail is well maintained and everyone is super friendly. Mr. Baldy "peaks" at the Mt. Rose wilderness area with incredible views of the lake. The climb up was very gradual - would have rated this more of a moderate hike. I took the Tahoe Rim Trail the entire way there, but there are a few other side roads that will shorten the hike a bit.

Awesome, well marked short hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful long hike but bring water. The wildflowers are fabulous right now. We went all the way to Watson lake and back which was 12 miles round trip

hiking
10 months ago

Our 18 year old sons managed it with ease. Dad and I made it with some altitude issues, but it was well worth it. The boys took the short 1/2 mile Spur View detour and loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

The Tahoe Vista Trail is actually the Tahoe Rim Trail. It is beautiful and covered with wildflowers, particularly in the flat areas, in July. If you are looking for the beautiful panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, you actually need to take a short side trail called "the spur view trail." This trail is 1/2 mile out and back and worth doing.

hiking
10 months ago

Went with wife and three kids. Trailhead is off highway 267. You'll have to park on the opposite side of the tralihead and run across the highway. My 8 and 6 year old boys managed to do the entire hike. Went to check out the small vista about 1.2 miles in, nice views, then back to TRT to get to Martis Peak.

I agree with another poster, I would not say this hike is easy. Roughly 2k elevation gain over about 4.5 miles up, with a few ups and then back downs on the way, then another 4.5 back to the highway. I enjoyed the hike. Martis Peak has an awesome view of Lake Tahoe. I'd do it again.

on Martis Peak Trail

10 months ago

First time poster, long time user. I had to write a review to tell you...This hike is a lie, it's not easy. Moderate for sure but not easy. Beautiful view when you reach the top. The elevation gain alone should make this hike moderate. There was snow but didn't interfere with the trail. It's only small patches of snow. Have fun!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail in the woods, the 360 view is gorgeous at the top and the lookout is awesome. I liked the view but the hike to the top was not unlocking the best scenery also the start of the hike is noisy with the road below (hence the 3 stars). Easy hike for a worthy reward

hiking
11 months ago

Did that trail June 7. With so much snow we found the hike to be strenuous. snowshoes would have help. We stopped .6 miles under the peak. No regrets we had a great view from there.

hiking
11 months ago

Tons of snow still, with most of the trail covered, would use gps so you don't get lost. Becomes slushy in the afternoon, doable without snowshoes but pretty strenuous at the moment.

hiking
11 months ago

Made it about 2 miles up before there was too much snow and had to turn back. Still really nice views and the trail wasn't very busy either.

on Martis Peak Trail

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

This prominence to which this trail takes you is NOT Martis Peak!!

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