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Best trails in Twin Bridges

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Looking for a great trail near Twin Bridges, California? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 Sly Park Recreation Area or Spooner Lake Management Area. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Twin Bridges ranging from 3.3 to 16.6 miles and from 4,878 to 8,362 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 Twin Bridges
Top trails (31)
#1 - Horsetail Falls Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
NOTE: parking fee of 8 dollars. If you plan on hiking to the fall you also need to apply for a day permit when you purchase your parking ticket, it’s free but you need this to enter the desolation wilderness. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well. Please note: some users have reported that the parking lot is often closed in winter. Only the first mile is easily accessible as there is very steep exposed terrain after the falls. The Horsetail falls hike is a short hike with great views that gets you up close with this spectacular South Lake Tahoe waterfall. The hike starts at Twin Bridges Trailhead off of Highway 50 just past Strawberry. There is a $5.00 fee to park in the parking area at Twin Bridges. From the trailhead, you will follow Pyramid Creek Trail into Desolation Wilderness so a wilderness permit from the ranger station is required. The hike starts out moderate but quickly picks up elevation as you enter Desolation Wilderness and the Wilderness Boundary Trail. The last half mile of the hike can be difficult, as there is granite rock and boulders that require rock climbing and the trail is not well marked and hard to follow. Once you reach the first rapids/falls area there is a sign. The trail picks back up directly to the left of the sign. If in doubt after this point, stay closer to the water. Once at the falls, you have the option to continue on, however proceed with caution as there are slippery rocks Late spring and early summer may be the best times to experience Horsetail Falls, as the water flow is heaviest. However a hike up the Pyramid Creek trail to this spectacular waterfall is still a worthwhile experience at any time of the year. Show more
#2 - Ralston Peak Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
The thigh-burner of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Ralston rewards intrepid day-hikers with stunning mountain overlooks. There are many sights to wonder over as you snake eastward along US-50 towards Lake Tahoe, but Mt. Ralston isn't one of them despite being situated right next to the road. Not that it's unworthy, but simply because the 9,235ft peak is obscured from view. This route traces a long route up the steep flanks of Mt. Ralston and into the Desolation Wilderness, rewarding the intrepid day-hiker with stunning mountain overlooks.Show more
#3 - Pyramid Peak Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m
#4 - Wrights Lake to Enchanted Pools
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Note: As of 10/3/2020, users have reported that Wrights Lake Rd is gated off just past the equestrian camp, so parking is limited. You will need to walk the extra distance to the trailhead. The trail after Twin Lakes branches off is almost non existent, so make sure you have your map handy.Show more
#5 - Ropi Lake
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Start at Horsetail Falls and continue up the trail to Avalanche Lake, Pitt Lake and eventually Ropi Lake. Beware that after Horsetail Falls, this is an off-trail route. There are some cairns here and there, but it is an unofficial trail. Only hikers with route-finding and off-trail experience should attempt this trail. During the winter the parking area may be closed.Show more
#6 - Bassi Falls Short Route
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 39 m
#7 - Lover’s Leap Loop
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
#8 - Loon Lake to Buck Island Lake
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 5 h 49 m
Note: As of October 2020, the campgrounds are closed for the season. Due to this closure, hikers will have to hike an extra mile to and from the car to the trailhead. More information here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/eldorado/recarea/?recid=71069 A beautiful, moderately challenging hike along Loon Lake to Buck Island Lake. This is a great day hike that does not have any steep climbs, making it perfect for hikers of all fitness levels. The views of Loon Lake are incredible!Show more
#9 - Loon Lake to Rubicon Reservoir
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 15.5 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
The views of the lakes and mountain peaks along this hike are stunning. There is a chance that you will hear engines of 4X4 ​​vehicles due to its proximity to the popular Rubicon OHV Trail.Show more
#10 - Loon Lake to Spider Lake
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
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