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great hike.

Lovely 4 mile loop trail. well marked. Closer to easy side of moderate. Entire trail on dirt forest road. Easy footing, mostly hard packed dirt and some rocks. Heavily treed, occasional views of Lake Tahoe. Make sure to sidetrack to creek edge on ascent to catch some lake views. Hiked week day mid-Sept. no other hikers; couple of bikers passed us, and saw others crossing ahead on a mtn bike path. Entrance road NOT MARKED off Highway 28. Turn in at Tamarack Lodge and stay to left, passing a right fork to a ranch. then easy parking at trailhead.

off road driving
6 days ago

Took my 2015 Forester Stock all the way to the summit. Loved it and the Foz killed it!

Very difficult finding the trailhead, first because there is no trail named Page Meadow Loop, second because the trail marker is hidden between two trees on the side of the road, third Google maps gave incomplete directions. To get to the loop you have to hike 2 miles up the Tahoe Rim Trail from the north side of Ward Creek Blvd. To find Ward Creek Blvd. turn up Pineland from Hwy 89, take Twin Peaks to Ward Creek Blvd. The elevation gain is steady. There is more than one meadow. We could not find signage indicating the start of the loop, yet there are a number of splits from the TRT, and the All Trails app did not help.

following the Tahoe Rim trail was easy because of the tree markers. But we had trouble orienting ourselves to find the loop option back from Page Meaxows. So we just retraced our steps from Page Meadow.

Pleasant, shaded, easy slope, double track, forested, a glimpse of the lake on the return section. Well marked trails with many options to extend beyond the basic loop, for e.g., Antone Meadows adds an easy 2.45 to the 3.9 loop, and not much more of a climb beyond the original 500 ft. Scenic Overlook would add about 2 miles. On this Sept 5 weekday there was nobody on this trail. Will do again.

trail running
24 days ago

I love running by the river. Sealed path is nice to get in a rhythm and enjoy.
I ran it as a there and back (about 14-15 miles). WARNING if you do and start in squaw the last two miles will be up hill. I didn't realize until it was too late

Great trail, excellent views. The Monday hike had very few hikers on the trail.

off road driving
29 days ago

It was nice getting out and on this trail for some off roading adventure. I am not sure why the distance shows 11ish miles whereas it should show more than double, like around 26ish miles.

From start point to the Watson lake it was 90% of paved road. From Watson lake to end point is a dirt track with rocks of all sizes. Non 4x4 are not recommended and will be very hard for the second half of the stretch.

To start from Tahoe city, pass the 73 start point and goto Bunker rd, turn left where it says ‘820’ (it sounds like a private road but is not). At the end, where house number 820 is, you will be greeted with a dirt track, follow this which will turn into paved rd.

Good trail - we hiked this 8/24/18 so it was dry and dusty. Would love to see it in early July. Even so the big timber on the climb up and the vista view was beautiful. This is a mountain bike friendly trail. And the first 1.5 miles of the trail is a 4x4 road. Also the map says 11+ miles round trip but the USFS sign said 6.7 miles to the top.

This trail looks like it’s never used. Nice scenery but not spectacular. It had a huge fallen tree across it a mile or two in from hwy 89 which was difficult to get around. Overall I’d say it’s the most unused trail I’ve seen in a long time. The creek doesn’t look like it’s good habitat for trout, even though fishing isn’t allowed.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Awesome climb up with amazing views and the climb is crazy hard but does get technical but is worth the ride down. Looking forward o doing it again.

hiking
1 month ago

The gondola ride was 45 pp. plan on spending the day bring you suit to jump in the hot tub. Plenty of trails and check out the PCT

mountain biking
1 month ago

We had a great time on this bike ride. My 2.5 year old son, my husband, and myself (7 months pregnant) did about 1.5 miles of it before we turned around due to rain. We weren’t sure how to find it though and where to park. We asked a local and they just built a new bridge from the transit center parking to the trail. So park at the transit center and you’re set!

Nice approach, varied scenery and wonderful views at the top. Well worth every inch. Wonderful varied fungi along the way. Great little shop...found fresh garlic bulbs, fun gifts and a great shroom fold out chart. Definitely on my “do again list”.

GREAT Hike although I got lost for a few minutes.

Needs a little better marking.

Nice hike. Started at Granlibakken near Adventure course. Nice uphill climb but watch for bikes coming down at you. Went up to Ward Creek/Canyon sign and then back down. We are beginners so tend to take easy trails.

So many options on this trail. Not too many people not too long but u can extend it if you want to go further. Pretty trees. Beautiful meadows and scenery. Cool off road trail for cars too if you want to come back later. Light traffic during the week

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful summit views that make it all worth it. However, don’t attempt if you have a stock SUV that cannot get extra lift. I was able to make it via my LR3 with the suspension raised in off-road mode. That said, I did have to build a few rock ramps to traverse a few large gaps and oversized rocks. Most of the trail is fine and expect a few scratches due to the pine trees in spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Just to clarify, this is a review for the Thunder Mountain Trail, which this app calls the “Squaw Valley Trail.” The entrance for the trail is hard to find, but once you find the trail signs, those are accurate and will lead you the whole way to the top of High Camp. However, the trail was overgrown in many places which is annoying for trail running. Furthermore, the trail doesn’t take a direct route to the summit so although it may seem like it’s going to nearby Squaw Peak, it does go to High Camp. If I were just trying to go to High Camp, I’d recommend just walking the Summer Road.

off road driving
1 month ago

This was a really good trail over all. Not super hard like you need a rock crawler and not super easy like stock blows through it. It’s bumpy! Sensitive wives won’t like it lol but I really just enjoyed it

Very nice easy hike with awesome views

Very peaceful walk in the woods. There’s a grade going in but then it’s pretty flat. The brook was still active so that was nice to hear and see. We only saw five other people on a Friday morning in mid July. Lots of flowers in bloom too. The trail is a nice wide dirt road, and some places Rocky and another is covered with Pineneedles. You will not get a good workout but you will enjoy the peace and quiet.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great 4x4 for beginners. A couple of minor tricky spots but nothing to worry about. Make sure to check where you are on the app, a couple of turns you can miss easily. The view at the end of Watson Peak Road is 100% worth the journey up there!

Super wildflowers!! Nice moderate but long hike. Did not summit, the last couple hundred yards were a little too sketchy for me, but would be completely doable for others.

We took the kids today one is 6 and the other was in a pack they both did great.

Well maintained trail with some really nice views of the lake. Plenty of shade for breaks on a warm day. 30/30/30 mix of incline, decline and flat trial. Trailhead 2 mins from Tahoe City so after your hike you can pop over and grab a bite at one of the many great restaurants.

Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe! A fairly easy hike with plenty of shade and some wonderful spots to sit and take it all in.

Did this from Tahoe City to Brockway Summit as our groups first overnight trip. Watson Lake is the only real water source on this section. We were lucky enough to not encounter too unruly car campers at Watson Lake, unlike some other reviewers on other sites. Watson Lake sites have bear boxes in case your not wanting to bring a bear cannister on this section. Overall, great trip with great views!

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