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

We started late not really planning on a hike but could not resist and the weather was great. We took our border collie who loved it. The high point of the hike was seeing a bald eagle! We will be back to complete the loop.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike but more like 5.7 miles from parking area. Even longer if you decide to take the detour out and back to Donner Peak from main trail up to Mt. Judah. Beautiful views.

Nice views. Get to walk on some of the ski runs and good views of Sugar Bowl ski area.

We are new to hiking and in our 50’s-60, so this is for newbies like us. Loved the views and weather was perfect in October. We actually walked the path counter-clockwise, not knowing how this app really works, and just realized, late, that the path direction is on the app. Heading down the peek of Mt. Judah Trail back to Pacific Crest was slippery and steep, the trail was hard to recognize. Now that I see we should have ascended that way, it makes some sense. We’re learning and love adventure.

hiking
28 days ago

The first 2 miles could be challenging for people who have knees problems because the trail was steep and could be slippery. We hike relatively slow with our dogs and it took us about 3.5 hours round trip.

Great hike!

walking
1 month ago

Very crowded and when I hike I like to get away from people. I’ve lived in Truckee since ‘91 and have never done this trail as I had heard it was too busy. Rocky parts and uphill but not a difficult hike. Beautiful views! 2 hours and 12 minutes to do entire loop.

hiking
1 month ago

*There are some lengthy steep and rocky parts of the trail
*Great workout
*No water sources so bring plenty of water for dogs
*A lot of exposed/unshaded areas of the trail
*Took about 3.5 hours to complete the entire loop with several breaks
*Well signed trail; hard to get lost
*Nice views (lake, summit, trees, etc.)

Great! Especially hitting it just right for wildflowers! Views are magnificent. Good workout.

on Mount Judah Loop Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful! Amazing views. Great hike with older kids.

A beautiful October hike, with saturated colors, cool temperatures, and no other hikers. Although a relatively short hike, the climb provides good exercise if done at a brisk pace.

Beautiful! Good workout. Fall colors beginning and great views.

backpacking
1 month ago

So beautiful, it was too windy to have a fire this past weekend. I believe the Rangers put no fire flags in most campsites, nonetheless still a great trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was in great condition. Weather was perfect. Got a little chilly in the evening. Great spot to spend a relaxing lake side weekend.

beautiful views and amazing trail.

Pleasant beautiful loop, definitely go out to Donner point.

This hike is stunning with all the small lakes scattered about every mile. For backpacking, I agree with Tyler that the second half of the hike is very underwhelming because after Lindsey Lake, you are walking uphill on a road. I would definitely backpack this route again but I would do an out and back from Carr lake to Upper/Lower Rock Lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike

2 months ago

Amazing views!

on Paradise Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Out and back Hike was terrific. Lake is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in the area.

Loved it. Beautiful views. It’s a good work out for those that want to push it. Or you could take it easy and enjoy the scenery.

Took my daughter and I and we completed it in two hours. We ran the whole way back..

There were only a few other hikers in the area.

walking
2 months ago

*popular hike....lots of folks here.
*easy hike....not well signed though...
*beautiful views, very pleasant ...some shade.
* bring enough water- there isnt any here.

Loved it!!! Great day hike!

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail run. Ran it on Labor Day, and crowds weren’t too bad.

Just got back from this trip yesterday. Arrived at Grouse Ridge on Tuesday to avoid the Labor Day crush. Hiked through beautiful Tahoe National Forest and bounced from lake to lake (visited 6 lakes total in 4 days). Camped at Baltimore Lake, Tollhouse Lake, Beyers Lakes, and also passed by French Lake, Well Lake and Meadow Lake. During the week the trails were empty and almost nobody in any of the campgrounds. On Saturday as we hiked out, saw a lot more folks setting up camp, and Grouse Ridge was overflowing by the time we returned to the car a little after noon. Great hike, great scenery, beautiful weather, some difficulty on steep and rocky trails, but otherwise a very rewarding trip! Next time, I would probably extend it about 1 day to give a little more time enjoying some of the places we passed through.

hiking
2 months ago

A great spur off of the PCT. Beautiful! Only a few campers on a Monday. Locals had told me that the lake is packed on the weekends but Its a pretty nice size so that should not be an issue. I recommend a visit. Stay the West side for the AM sun

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Spectacular view of the lake!

Wow it was definitely 4 out of 5 stars

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