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

very scenic stroll around the lake, not much elevation change. the waterfall was quite cool!

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snow
1 day ago

Nice area around the lakes to do some snowshoeing. You’ll have to start at Tamarack Lodge, may just want to snowshoe around twin lakes. Otherwise you’ll have to trailblazer to Lake Mary, you cant follow the road because it’s groomed trail for x-country skiing only

Easy hike with pretty views. Great to see the park without hiking much!

Amazing views of the lake and mountains. Good even in early March as long as you have waterproof hiking boots and are prepared for mud!

We hiked out from an overnight stay at the lake. It was much easier than our hike in from Highway 50 which is an advanced hikers trail.

nice day for snow shoeing hardist part is finding a place to park got a 53 dollar ticket when the reopened the snow park you can park there went haveway up castle peak then down to the peter grub hut

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Great views, very beautiful. Tough snowshoe going across the mountain!

incredible views, a glacier!

Great snowshoe to Winnemucca Lake and then up to Elephants Back. Made a snowman and a snow bear near the lake.

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rocky
4 days ago

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rocky
4 days ago

Awesome hike! Beautiful view. Will definitely be doing it again!

One of the best trails I’ve been in.. we went in August, and there was still some snow up on the mountains. Beautiful clear lake, and we got to see where the Truckee river starts from! Some great history as well, on PCT!

Great skiing at Tahoe Donner XC. I used this map because it’s the closest one to the ski area.

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snow
9 days ago

9 days ago

A bit of a monster for this 74 year old. I had a difficult time navigating the last 300 yard boulder portion. I watched a younger guy just glyde over this section of the climb. lots of wind in the Boulder field. 4300 ft elevation climb in 3.1 miles. I thought the Mt Whitney section from the base of the switchbacks to the top was easier.

Icy AF bring a group of people with you, and for sure ice axes, crampons and all the gear. Very beautiful day out awesome climbing but kinda sketch at times

Covered in snow as of March 10. Snowshoes or micro spikes are essential. Beautiful trail with fantastic views and plenty of solitude. Tough workout in the snow but nothing too crazy. Starting clockwise gets you to the wilderness faster; counter-clockwise will start you on the fire road leading toward the ski lifts, but it gets you to the peak faster. Plenty of animal tracks to see. Difficult to find trail without using AllTrails GPS. Adventure pass required if parking at Buckhorn.

did this hike a few years ago. it was great.

Impossible currently due to recent snow. We tried to start up the trail and lost the trail under the snow after less than a mile probably and decided it was too unsafe to continue. My friend and I were going to walk down the S2 (currently closed) to the Dawson Saddle entrance, but it would have been 4 miles on unplowed road and decided it was also unsafe. I'm learning the hard way to follow signs and suggestions for seasonal times to visit. Perhaps I'll try again in April/May.

I've been on a lot of hikes and this hike kicks my a** everytime. gorgeous view when you get to the top. i like combining it with basin peak.

The views are totally worth the climb. We went March 4. Perfect conditions, except for a we bit of mud.

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muddy
14 days ago

Beautiful. Slow and gentle up-climb. Rocky path. Mud galore during wet season. Great views of Bear Mountain. Quite. Clean (& keep it that way). Had benches to sit on. Steps were placed among the trail. Butterflies and birds. Peaceful. Locals use the trail. Have to use pass for parking.

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muddy
snow
15 days ago

I attempted South Fork to Dry Lake in early March 2019 and ended up turning around. Too much snow and I was sick and not up for the task, and also had to carry my dog who was not up to the task either haha. I ended up cutting back and looping down to Jenk’s Lake and still got a nice workout in. That said I 100% plan to come back here once the snow melts. The area is gorgeous and I could definitely see this being a favorite in the LA area.

Snowshoed the loop.

Hiked this yesterday 03/03/2019. Were quite a few people attacking the bowl. I made the peak at about the same time as a few other groups, all went up the bowl different routes. I opted for the west side, east of the actual trail. It was cold and windy per usual, but was an awesome, clear day above the clouds. Going down I decided to hit Mt. Harwood and attempt Devil's Backbone (DB). Right about the time DB was getting precarious, clouds started rolling in and visibility was about 50 feet. About 0.5 miles from Harwood where the DB trail makes a hard left and up before going over and down the extremely narrow portion of the trail, I didn't feel comfortable going that route so opted to try and shimmy down onto the south side of the ridge and track to the trail - big mistake. Once I went down about 100 feet and realized I was not in a good spot, there was no going back the way I came. It was an extremely steep mix of slushy snow, unstable rock slides, mud, and foliage. I planned to track to the trail, however I changed my strategy to attempt to head down toward the creek and then head east toward the ski slopes. I quickly realized that was not a sustainable option so I changed my strategy to head north east and try to slowly gain back some elevation and connect with DB after the most precarious section. I had been down around 8200' and ended up getting back up to the trail about 0.25 miles from where I went off at about 8700', which was a nightmare on that terrain (1.5 hour detour). Once I got back up to the trail past the sketchy section, it was smooth sailing. I was able to look back at the section of the ridge I skipped, and even though my route was possibly more dangerous, the actual trail looked extremely intimidating and unstable. Moral of the story: I do not recommend Devil's Backbone at this time. The bowl was great though!!

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washed out
15 days ago

One of my favorite trails! Went out Saturday for a fantastic snow trek. Most of the parking lot is clear of snow, but you need micro spikes from the parking lot to horse Meadows. Snow shoes after that. Be warned, about a 1/4 mile in the trail is washed out completely and you must hike up and around to get around the damaged area. There are also a lot of fallen trees you have to hop over or trek around in the first mile. Still a beautiful snow shoe hike. Check it out before the snow melts away, but be carefull.

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