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

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.

off road driving
19 days 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.

off road driving
22 days 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 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
1 month 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.

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!

Horrible night camping at Watson lake. Bunch of drunk people fighting. Nice camping spots tho. Id avoid camping there if you are thru hiking or section hiking. ✌️

Fantastic trail!! We ride from River Ranch down to Sunnyside for lunch then back. pretty good ride for the whole family with beautiful scenery!

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail was alright but in some areas I found myself pushing my bike a lot due to steep and rocky sections. I would recommend going up the S.S. Wallternate rather than the Lower Missing Link. This missing lower link was the steep and very rocky area that had me walking my bike. The mosquitoes were also very thick throughout this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Thankful to have this app to guide us at the many forks in the path.

The trail is much better suited for mountain biking than hiking. While it's great to see just how much effort has been put into making the curves of the trail absolutely perfect, those same curves are annoying to a hiker since you know you could have gone from point A to point B much faster.

I highly recommend hitting the Tahoe Rim trail sidetrail -- that's where you get to see gorgeous mountain vistas.

More photos: https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/painted-rock-trail-lake-tahoe

As my first segment of the TRT, every step was full of adventure. Around mile 5, I ran into a smokey area where someone had a small fire that caught the pine needles and other mulch in the dirt on fire. When I found it, the dirt had burnt into a 6 foot wide by 12 foot long area. I called it in and moved on. There were a few wonderful vista's of the lake, but even more of the Truckee area valleys. So Much Fun!

on Truckee River Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the truckee river. This is more for biking then for hiking. My kids handled the path pretty well.

off road driving
2 months ago

Really good spot for beginners, awesome views.

The foliage was nice...trail into the meadow muddy.

Enjoyable hike in the woods, with a stream running by, and beautiful views of Lake Tahoe at one point during the walk. The uphill and downhill portions are at the beginning and end of the hike, with easy strolling most of the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for hiking and mountain biking. If you are hiking, definitely be aware of mountain bikers coming around corners. This is a relatively easy hike in terms of grade, and the views from the top are worth it. We went dlightly off course, and followed a sign to "Lakeview Trail", which went up a much steeper grade for maybe 3/4 of a mile. Totally worth it!

Fun hike for our family, we took a few shortcuts to make it a 4 mile hike. Not too strenuous for our Michigan group experiencing this higher altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike and it is well marked. Nice forested area with several open meadows.

This hike as posted will require your GPS and all trail map to keep on the correct path as it isn’t marked well. The southern portion of the loop is very boggy and lots of insects. Not much in the way of views, more of a hike in the trees. Also, parking limited at the end of rawhide street and not sure it is legal anyway.

Okay for a bike, not so much for walking. Next to the highway, not so close to the river.

off road driving
2 months ago

Green gate to forest service road 71 is closed.

Great area! 3 or 4 trails that connect to this loop, very well marked. I saw a mama bear and two cubs!

Absolutely beautiful. Loved everything about this hike. Trail was a bit harder than we expected mostly due to climbing hills and the elevation. My husband and I are very active but from below sea level altitude.

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