Upper Truckee River Out-and-Back Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California

Upper Truckee River Out-and-Back Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This ride is an easy meander along the peaceful Upper Truckee River. Enjoy narrow paths through grassy meadows near the river’s edge and forested trails along the upper banks. Wildflowers and views of the surrounding peaks add to the flavor of this short trek. The ride starts next to the site of the weekend Tahoe Flea Market and ends across the river from the Lake Tahoe Airport. There are many side trails to the river and adjoining neighborhood along the way. Wear your swimsuit on this ride, and take a dip when the weather’s warm. Just beyond the turnaround point is a maze of trails between the Upper Truckee River and Pioneer Trail. The locals have their own routes through this undeveloped slice of national forest. Explore these trails with a local guide or a keen sense of adventure."

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Trail Information

South Lake Tahoe
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
30-45 minutes
Best July through October
6,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,600 feet
Top Elevation
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Contacts
USGS South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Echo Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018