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Absolutely incredible views of Lake Tahoe at the top of the trail.
If you are comfortable bouldering/climbing up the rocks your view is even better.
Trailhead is tucked back in a neighborhood area. Limited parking.
Quite a bit of elevation gain.
When you reach the top go to the right/around the back of the rock. Getting to the top is easier from there rather than going straight up or to the right.
Dog friendly!

I agree with recent reviewers on details. Views are amazing, waterfall just ok LOL If your knees give trouble use hiking sticks on way back. We kept a brisk pace and it took a few hours or less. Not too well marked so you wonder if on trail sometimes, but you probably are.

Nice moderate hike. Not much in the way of views but very pleasant in the trees with quite a bit of shade. Definitely park at Kahle park rather than across the road. The trail back from the beach doesn’t have much shade so consider which way to go depending on temp and sun exposure.

As you’ll see in the other reviews the trail isn’t very well marked. Following the map on AllTrails was very useful.

The main castle rock hike was closed so we did this instead. It was perfect for my younger teen. The view at the end is amazing, you can see the entire lake. Once you get to the rock, make your way around the back to the right and then climb around to the lake side - go up the rock just a little- it is easier than it looks and the reward is well worth it.

This trail is easily accessed from the town of Genoa and the trailhead has parking for about 12 cars. I did this hike on the 4th of July and only saw 8 other hikers, 3 mountain bikers, and 1 dog. The hike starts out steep with switchbacks climbing steadily up for about 2 miles. It is partially shaded, but it was about 70 deg when I started out and that was plenty. The climb is more moderate after that point with some ups and downs until you get to a stream crossing and then the waterfall shortly thereafter. The area in the canyon near the waterfall is lovely with more shade and lush plants. I continued on from that point along the Discovery Trail until I got to the Sierra Canyon stream and then turned around at that point. That portion of the trail continued to be fairly moderate with ups and downs but no big change in elevation. There were wildflowers, several species of butterflies, and one rattlesnake sighted (by someone else). Overall, it was very nice and certainly a hike I would repeat.

3 months ago

Lovely Sunday afternoon ramble.

More like 7 miles out and back. Good moderate hike!

Loved it. Surprises around every corner.

Beautiful challenging hike!


Great hike!

5 months ago

Good view of Lake Tahoe in the distance, plenty of connecting trails including the TRT to make this a bit longer and more challenging.

Easy but not very scenic until you get to the lake. Mostly paved but very poorly marked - at one point trifurcated with no indication which way to go. (It’s the middle fork). GPS essential to avoid getting lost.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A pretty hike. A couple places should be marked better. We got off the trail twice and had to rely on the app map a lot. Earlier post was correct. No idea why All Trails had you start where they do. You can start at the park and not have to cross Kingsbury.

This trail should not start on Deer Run Court (out of the way, little parking). It should start in the parking lot at Kahle Park, or in the trailhead parking lot on Kahle Drive, just west of Lake Tahoe Blvd/Highway 50.

Not always obvious where dirt trail leaves paved trail in a couple of places.

Fairly easy 5 miles, with nice changes of scenery.

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