hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 days ago

Once you were on the trail it was well defined, but at several points the trail disappeared due to downed trees. My recommendation is to follow the Tahoe Rim Trail path, as it ran mostly parallel. Very little snow though you could walk around it or beside it without it impeding passage. Good mix of sunny and shade.

hiking
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Awesome trail. Good mixture of open and shaded areas. Seems like some awesome rock climbing up at the top. Don’t go all the way to the top though. There are falcons nesting up there.

Amazing trail, kinda confusing how they all converge but it's marked clearly and the hike and views are amazing

hiking
24 days ago

Trail and parking lot OPEN. Stunning trail. We hiked clockwise and it was on the easy side of moderate. Lovely views of the lake. Well maintained trail, varied terrain and easy to social distance. Saw 10 people in 7 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome lookout, did the full loop and nothing hard. You do have to climb a lil to reach top of lookout

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

Just hiked a portion of this trail today. Lots of snow and as we passed the trail to Kingsbury south the snow was way too deep to walk without snowshoes! You can access Castle Rock no problem. Wanted to go all the way to end of this recommended trail but will wait until the snow melts. However, it was an incredible day of hiking with clear skies, gorgeous views and complete quiet! Worth it even with the snow.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

SPLENDID hike for our anniversary. The snow covered most of the trail so navigating it was a pickle, but we managed. Took our time and explored lots of the rocky vistas. Didn’t want to rush to our dinner reservation so we cut off the final chunk.

Recommend snowshoes or at least yaks with gortex/waterproof shoes.

We need more snow. Too many areas with rocks

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

amazing trail

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

We snowshoed this trail in early January, counterclockwise from the parking lot. I recommend this direction, as we thought the most beautiful parts of the hike (roling forest and views of the lake) were at the beginning-middle and felt okay with zipping past residential areas towards the end. The trail was very easy to follow, even in the snow. The vista point provides the best view of Lake Tahoe. Reaching the vista was probably the most strenous part of the trail, but I would say it was moderate at most, even in snowshoes.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

We snowshoed this trail in early January and it was beautiful. The snow made it a little difficult to find/stay on the trail, but we had cell service and could navigate with the AllTrails map and GPS. The snow and snowshoes made the hike a bit more strenuous, but overall this was an easy to moderate hike. The rolling hills make for consistent but fairly easy exercise throughout. We only went about 1.5 miles in from Tramway Trail (counterclockwise) but enjoyed a couple of views of the lake from afar. Be careful if entering via Tramway as you have to cross a busy streer at the top of a hill with no crosswalk.

snowshoeing
snow
5 months ago

beautiful views of the South lake, and the trail is not difficult and was very clear in the snow. Currently, the snow is a few feet deep and I wouldn't go without snow shoes.

Go left on trail, to the Bench!

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