General Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"These two quiet lakes are far enough off the beaten path to ensure a peaceful visit for those in search of some serenity. The first 2.75 miles follow a cool and shady course up the wide, forested valley of General Creek, gaining only 200 feet of elevation along the way to the Lily Pond junction. A short climb beyond the junction to Lily Pond leads to a good turnaround point for groups with young children, or anyone else looking for a relaxing stroll. Past the junction, the General Creek Trail climbs more steeply before reaching the lakes, which provide refreshing swimming opportunities."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
"The General Creek area offers something for all abilities; you can simply turn around at any point. Begin at Sugar Pine Point State Park Campground and cruise up the canyon on a well-graded dirt road. At 2.0 miles, where the road crosses General Creek for the return of the short loop option, a gorgeous singletrack heads into the woods. What begins as a well-packed trail becomes progressively steep, technical, and secluded as it follows General Creek up the lush canyon. In places, the alders are in your face. Nearly 5 miles into the ride the trail crosses the creek, where there are some nice upstream pools. From there, a quarter-mile of steep hike-a-bike takes you up to the rutted and overgrown Forest Service road leading to Lost Lake. Along the way, the views of Lake Tahoe are striking. Since bikes are not allowed in designated wilderness areas, this is as close to the Desolation Wilderness as you can get. While this is a great spot to camp, a trailer would not make it up the hike-a-bike."
--Lorene Jackson, Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides).
"Two quiet lakes that are far enough off the beaten path to ensure a peaceful visit are the goals of this trip. The first 2.75 miles follow a cool and shady course up the wide, forested valley of General Creek, gaining only 200 feet of elevation along the way to the Lily Pond junction. After a short climb, Lily Pond is a good turnaround point for groups with young children, or anyone else who wants to take it easy. Past the junction, the General Creek Trail climbs more steeply to the lakes, which let swimmers take a refreshing afternoon dip and where anglers can dangle a line."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
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