Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near South Lake Tahoe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

High return on investment in this short hike to a beautiful lake. Right now there’s a lot of packed snow and some ice on the second half of the trail. Micro spikes were helpful.

This is the second time I have been on the trail. Two days ago the weather was perfect but yesterday it warmed up and the snow melted and turned to ice. The entire trail was icy and dangerous. We made it there and back and still had fun but just a warning to be careful after warm days!

Still beautiful and would do again!

8 days ago

I loved everything about this trail. It's right behind Emerald Bay and you can view the Vikingsholm at the bottom. The drive alone was worth it. The trail was easily accessible even with the snow. It lead to Eagle Lake which was entirely frozen over. The trip took about an 1.5 hrs, and we took our time and made a few stops! Really enjoyed this trail and would love to do it again.

19 days ago

Beautiful hike with incredible views of the lake the entire way. Would definitely recommend it! Went during first week of February and the trail was snow covered but easily walkable in regular hiking boots (though notably this was after a week of no snow and 50 degree temps). Note that you have to turn off the main road and drive an additional 1+ mile to get to the actual trail head- would need all wheel drive to do this, at least during the winter. Otherwise can park in the lot right off the paved road and walk to the trail head. You have to have a Sno-Park permit to park there between November and May. This can be purchased at nearby gas stations or online and print in advance ($5 for day pass).

A nice walk, not much elevation gain. There was a beautiful view of the lake from atop a hill closer to the road. Not enough snow for snowshoeing but waterproof shoes are recommended. There were a few creek crossings. We saw quite a few dogs, a couple of people snowshoeing and one bikerider.

trail is not marked at the beginning, trail begins at few hundred yard West to the nearest residential building. you will need to cross a river upon start of trail, and you will need to cross a few creeks.

1 month ago

This was a beautiful and fairly easy trail. Most of the beginning is uphill, with lots of stone steps that are covered in icy snow right now. We got lucky because the trail was fairly easy to see even though it had just snowed the day before. The lake is completely frozen over right now, so it’s definitely a beautiful sight. Would highly recommend!

Great waterfall and beautiful views of South Lake Tahoe!

It was somewhat difficult to find the trail from the starting point that shows here. We had to walk down a hill and cross the creek to get to the trail. Only made it 2 miles and unfortunately didn’t see much in the way of nice scenery it was just a forest walk. I’m sure it’s amazing if you get to the top, but the first 2 miles are rather dull.

1 month ago

Amazing views, great trail. We hiked this from Carson pass and it was about 12-14 miles total. Even in the middle of summer, there were snow here and there and it got pretty cold at night. During the day it was great and people were coming up to fish in the lake. Beautiful spot, we will be going back

1 month ago

Great hike once we were on the path but it is hard to find the path.

1 month ago

We walked this trail last summer with our little ones in the backpack carriers. It was beautiful and the lake itself was perfect for the babies to play in.

Great trail. Decently challenging, but the destination is rewarding. We spent our first night at Aloha, and the next 4 at Susie

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with views of Tahoe and Eagle Lake. The lake itself was still frozen and was stable to walk out on. The trail has some extremely icy patches, with the worst section right after the bridge crossing at Eagle Falls - make sure you have hiking boots and take it carefully!

Very beautiful hike,but need to be careful with icy paths.

Make sure to wear micro-spikes or similar if you’re doing a winter hike. It gets icy! Worth it to go to the vista and out to the lake, but you’re asking for a broken arm if you don’t have spikes!

Great hike. Added the monument climb and got some great views. It was a little icy, but that’s this time of year.

As others have said the route up high meadows fire road is a “slog” unrelenting incline many portions without shade I hike this year round great snowshoeing in the wintertime. I like the ColdCreek route in the summer as it is more interesting and covered by trees

We did it on Dec. 23. 2017 and it was just a bit with snow. Such a great hike.

on Echo Lakes Trail

2 months ago

The road is blocked from hw50 so it’s an additional 1.8 mile walk in the snow/ ice to the trailhead. Awesome views though.

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