hiking
2 days ago

Make sure you get to the top of “the saddle” to get the best view in Mount Charleston! Absolutely beautiful hike and was mostly in the shade. This trail has a steep incline. So make sure you’re wearing proper gear and taking as many breaks as needed.

hiking
2 days ago

yes, definitely go left when you get to the trail. once you are on the top, I suggest you don't go down the downhill skiing area, but walk down the dirt road until you hit the TRT/Van Sickle trail, turn right, and you'll complete the loop.

hiking
closed
2 days ago

We were unable to access this trail. We were able to drive most of the way up the mountain, but the road to get to the actual trail was closed. We’re not from the area and weren’t aware of an alternate route to the trailhead.

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 days ago

Nice loop hike from the new paved lot access. Only about 40% of the Trail is shaded, but plenty of shade to stop in if needed. We did it at 1130am and my 10 and 13yo got kind of hot, so bring water and sunscreen. Stay off the top as Falcons are nesting. The view from each side of the rock is cool, but NW side(or right side as you approach it) is the must stunning lake view. 4 stars are because the trails views are limited other than the end, but I'd do it again as a nice quick hike any day for the view point. 90min hike or less, add 30 min to see both view points. 15 per side. Small parking lot, but trail had a decent amount of people on it. I'd say you met someone every 5 minutes or so. Not bad for Monday the 6th of July.

hiking
2 days ago

Poorly marked. Easy to get lost. Good service for AllTrails, but nonetheless confusing with a lot of distracting social trails

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Great trail! Has 2 loop options, in addition to the out and back, see pictures. Bigger loop less than 4 miles. Well marked and maintained, except it doesn’t have the ‘x’ to show you where you are... but it’s really easy to follow and doesn’t take much to figure out. Lots of jackrabbits! There are big crickets on parts. There is a service road that goes to the trail head, but we found that confusing. We parked behind the thrift store like another reviewer mentioned.

Amazing trail, one thing worth noting is YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN TO SEE THE LAKE. When you are on the loop around castle rock stay to the right when you’re getting close to it. Continue around castle rock and once you get to the other side you’ll come to a boulder with a 4 foot drop and it will look like the trail ends. Stay to the right of this boulder and go down. About 20 feet further to your left you’ll come to an area that you climb about 10 feet up, again this is not a hard ‘climb.’ There is a ledge up there with a horn shaped rock that provides AMAZING views. My 60 year old parents (who are not in such great shape lol) did this with me. It made the hike way more worth it.

hiking
3 days ago

this was the perfect trail for a quick afternoon hike, mostly in the shade. Very green! Hiked on a Sunday following a holiday weekend and there were about a dozen other hikers and a dozen bikers. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of is that it feels like you're hiking through someone's backyard.

on Skunk Harbor

hiking
3 days ago

Easy hiking trail. Plenty wide. Fairly consistent elevation changes throughout the trail. The harbor at the end is stunning.

Great trail, however water pump at Marlette camp is not functional as of 6/27/20 and will require a detour down to the lake to get water. Next water is at spooner lake! Be careful and have fun Happy trails

Great trail, very well graded for the area. CAUTION! Water pump is not functional at Marlette Camp as of 6/27 and will require a detour down to the lake, plan accordingly as it’s over a mile detour one way. Happy trails

Great hike. Parking lot is open but small, we got there at 9 am on a Sunday and were fine but when we got back down around 12:30, it was overflowing. Hike is mostly shaded, has a good steady include, great views of Tahoe, and a gorgeous quiet lake at the top. Saw ~10 other people total on the entire hike.

This is a great hike. Some pretty views. You could picnic up at dry pond before descending. This trail is dog friendly even though at the time of this review it was not tagged as dog friendly.

We do this trail when we want something easy and pretty that isn’t hard to access. It’s pretty well shaded in the afternoon and fun for our 5 year old. We prefer the upper half which starts on Mount Rose Highway and goes downhill. It gets more crowded, is sunnier, and is more residential toward the bottom.

This was such a beautiful trail! Good amount of coverage which was welcome for a hot day. We went further than the recommended route and had lunch at a price leak which we had all to ourselves.

hiking
4 days ago

It was great, beautiful trail. Steady incline the whole way. Easier on the way back down to the tunnel creek cafe. Good cardio workout for a rest day. Tomorrow it’s back to getting a juicy pump at the gym.

Great trail, it is very steep which makes for a fun chalange. It is not shady so wear sunscreen or a hat if you get sunburnt easily. Also you are going to need shoes with good grip. The beautiful views of the city make the steep hike worth while

very chill little elavation but its something everyone can do its a cool little hike. the views and natures is beautiful

So much fun, lots of ants

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Came in the morning, and it was still hot as blazes.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Wonderful trail with a breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe from the mountain. You’ll also see awesome landscape, Marlette lake, and a small waterfall on your way to the top of the mountain. Beginner biker and finished the trail in 5 hours.

great views! Well worth it.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Very good trail for mount biking.

Really nice hike—challenging but doable. The uphill is serious, but not excruciating. The downhill honestly hurt a bit more on the feet and thighs! Great view of Tahoe, awesome rocks, and lots of shady spots to rest. Weird low thumping/howling sound, would love to know what it was if anyone knows! Would recommend for a nice challenge!

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