Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

hiking
21 days ago

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

on Truckee River Trail

29 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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.

Slow uphill the way out which makes it a nice walk back. Great views of the lake the lower part of the walk. Lots of snow higher up on the trail but all easily passable. Overall great experience for a winter hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Well maintained trail.

road biking
8 months ago

we took this trail specifically to bike. It is right next to the road, so being aware of that is important. despite that, it is beautiful along the river and there are places to stop and enjoy the view. I would not recommend this for walkers/hikers. It is pretty dominated by bikes and the path isn't super wide. if you jog or run you can keep up with the flow. it was just workable enough for our six year old to handle on his bike, although being on part of the busy road due to construction gave us some pause.

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is the longer option for those interested in taking in some of Tahoe City, the lake, and both the Truckee River and Squaw Valley bike trail systems. It's a great ride! You go through town a bit then head over the dam and downriver taking in the splendid sites of the Truckee River. Eventually we came to the Squaw Valley entrance and continued up to the ski resort where a jeep race was mustering. It was cool, an all-women event, racing jeeps overland and back country down to San Diego. You return the same way.

hiking
9 months ago

Great for kids!

mountain biking
9 months ago

Love the trails. Fun many ups and downs. Beautiful views and everything is great.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Love the down hill

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous forest, excellent trails (width of a narrow road, but surfaced like trails), nice little incline going in. Couldn't have been better. What could have been better were Google's directions. Simplify it: look for Tamarack Lodge on your left. Turn in and go left when the driveway forks. You quickly enter state park land. Drive about .2 miles to the iron gate. Park & go. I would go again tomorrow, and the next day!

mountain biking
11 months ago

This was a great trail but it definitely isn't an easy trail. The beginning is too steep for a teen beginner to ascend or descend. The first half is uphill. You can hear the creek for a mile or two but not really see it.

Waste of time totally! Trails are difficult to fine, almost no signs - we got stopped on the trail at big flow of water impossible to over pass because no bridge .... we are experienced trekker but here we lost patience looking around ; we came back down to the car and left. Ski stations do not focus on trails but definitely more skiers . Thank god there are much other trails around lake tahoe to explore without searching

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Good easy hike. Relatively flat. Did first week of June and there was still a considerable amount of snow on the trail but hikeable. Good views of meadows.

Friday, July 07, 2017

It's a paved trail that's more that lightly trafficked. We took the trail with our two kids and German Shepherd and instead of looking at the scenery we had to constantly pay attention to bikes so we could move out of their way.

on Antone Meadows Trail

Thursday, June 01, 2017

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

After a long four hour drive up from San Francisco, my father and I decided to do a short evening hike before Mount Rose the subsequent morning. We have skied at Squaw often, thus we decided to attempt to climb it in a different light- without any snow.

Turns out there was some snow. Some, of course, simply meaning remnants from last weeks' storms placed on the shadiest spots of the slopes up to Squaw Peak. The earlier storm also rejuvenated, or at least bolstered, one of the creeks heading up (see Photos).

This trail is not well trafficked. It's overgrown at times with washout on the rockier sections. Additionally, there are non-paved (wood shavings and/or fine gravel) roads that offer a safer, more established route to the summit. Thus makes it relatively difficult to navigate, though.

This trail is a steady incline regardless of the route you take. It's not strenuous, but be prepared to climb ~1,700 feet in a little over three miles. I personally recommend hiking poles to help with the rockier, looser sections of this trail.

Additionally, there exists cable cars (operational until 5 P.M on select days) available to take you down from the WildFlower Café. My father and I arrived at the top a little after sunset, and we were generously granted with a private ride down in a cable car. Amazing!

The views are the real pearl of this hike, cable cars or not. The outlook from the WildFlower Café is unrivaled by many others in the area. Lake Tahoe is visible over a stretch of mountains. There's snow at the Wildflower Café despite it being only October.

This is a great hike to test your navigating skills, endurance, and to capture great views. If you have the time (it only takes an hour, granted that you take a cable car down) I heavily recommend hiking it. Another bonus is that the creeks here are active, only if temporarily. Have fun!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Was an easy walk with paved trail. Was a good starter walk to get vacationers acclimated to the altitude.

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

I expected more views but it's mostly Forrest view. There was one short part of the trail where you could view the lake through the trees. It was petty shady and that was nice. I did stop short of the top so don't know what the view may have been from there. It was pleasant. The only animal I sighted was two chipmunks! Glad I didn't see bears!

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Excellent short mountain bike loop with some good speed sections.

trail running
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great route for a relatively flat trail run

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

The proper name of this trail is the Thunder Mountain Trail and that is how it is marked locally. The trailhead is just west of the Expedition lift. Not sure of the track shown.
The trail is the shortest but steepest route to High Camp

walking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Truckee River Bike Trail is a nice casual walking path. It does get warm in the late morning in July. There are many cycllists on the path so make sure you follow the rules.

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