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Best trails in Tahoe City

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Looking for a great trail near Tahoe City, California? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around D. L. Bliss State Park or Van Sickle Bi-State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spooner Lake Management Area or Tahoe Donner Trail System. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Tahoe City ranging from 2.3 to 60.2 miles and from 6,023 to 8,802 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Tahoe City
Top trails (31)
#1 - Rocky Ridge Road, Silver Trail, Antone Meadows and Burton Creek
Burton Creek State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
Burton Creek State Park has been described as Lake Tahoe's secret state park. Burton Creek is a spectacular watershed of over 2000 acres tucked away in the hills overlooking Tahoe's North Shore just outside Tahoe City. Set aside so that the lands may heal from over a century of logging and dairy farming it is a place of recovering forest and meadowlands, its located down the highway from the lakeshore campgrounds at Tahoe State Recreation Area and potentially tricky to find. Note: the Tahoe SRA campground entry kiosk is a good place to ask questions about Burton Creek. Burton Creek is ideally situated to be an easily accessed playground for trail users in all seasons! It's minimally developed and the trails are ideal for hikers, cross country skiers, mountain bikers, jogging... This hike covers the core of the park up Burton Creek and around the park's meadow areas; the Burton Creek Natural Preserve and Antone Meadows Natural Preserve, both protected for the local fauna and flora as well as to help preserve a clean watershed into Lake Tahoe. Much of the 6 plus miles of trail looks to be town water tank service road and other old logging tracks, in fact, an isolated portion of the park has recently been culled as active forest thinning for fire protection and forest health by state parks and fire agencies. The majority however, aid in accessing the deeper portions of the park. In the winter, Tahoe Nordic Center grooms the trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Also keep in mind, there's a few roads not on the Park Map. There's not much trail signage in the park so if you get turned around, there are numbered posts along the main routes at road junctions to aid in navigation within the tangle of roads; a huge help if you've downloaded the park map (or picked on up at the Lake Tahoe SRA Campground). Also, for further exploration, a section of the new Tahoe Rim Trail leads through the western part of Burton Creek as does another popular route, the Fiberboard Freeway.Show more
#2 - Tahoe Rim Trail to Twin Crags
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#3 - Tahoe City Rim Trail Loop
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
#4 - Truckee River Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
A peaceful, paved, multi-use trail that follows the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and it is typically at least five feet wide. It is mostly gentle except for a section where the estimated grade is between 5% and 8% between 5.4 and 5.7 miles when going north/west.Show more
#5 - Burton Creek State Park Road, Purple Trail and Burton Creek Loop
Burton Creek State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
#6 - Tahoe Rim Trail and Paige Meadows Loop
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
#7 - Mount Watson Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 25.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 18.8 mi • Est. 9 h 48 m
Between Tahoe City and Brockway Summit, the Tahoe Rim Trail meanders through groves of fir, cedar and aspen and across open hillsides covered with manzanita. The trail climbs steadily from Tahoe City into a mixed forest. Side trails and open slopes offer opportunities to explore cinder cones and ancient lava flows. Midway between the trailheads the terrain flattens and a denser forest provides cool, quiet shade. The trail continues past the Lava Cliffs, a lovely overlook of Lake Tahoe and the peaks lining its north shore, before dropping down to Watson Lake. This shallow lake is thickly fringed with wildflowers in spring and early summer, and is a pleasant spot for fishing, picknicking and camping. Between Watson Lake and Brockway the trail crosses gently rolling slopes covered with a patchwork of small meadows and thick forests.Show more
#9 - Squaw Valley Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
Note: The term squaw is considered universally offensive by Indigenous groups in America due to its use for hundreds of years in a derogatory context. Indigenous activists have continued to work both locally and in more general educational efforts, to rename the locations across North America that contain the slur, as well as to eliminate the slur from the lexicon in general. See here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#Efforts_to_rename_placenames_and_terms_with_squaw_in_themShow more
#10 - Blackwood Canyon OHV Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 20.7 mi
This trail is primarily a OHV trail, but users may also hike it. Fun SUV trip to beautiful high views of Lake Tahoe. Explores a beautiful, high area west of Lake Tahoe and is near the east end of the famous Rubicon Trail. Many lakes and viewpoints. Trail may not open until early July due to deer migration. Moderate difficulty. Narrow, steep and rough in a few places but suitable for high clearance SUVs. Some tight brush. Be careful when wet.Show more
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