Mount Watson Road

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain2,587ft
Trailhead Elevation7,177ft
Elevation Min/Max6953/7873ft
Elevation Start/End7177/7177ft

Mount Watson Road

Mount Watson Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Tahoe National Forest. It is 9.9 miles long and begins at 7,177 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,587 feet. Brockway Summit (elevation 7,208 feet) is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Moto Shortcut, Tahoe Rim Trail, Watson Peak Ohv, Tahoe Cross Country Extra Gold Trail, Watson Creek Junction, Moto Otb, Watson Lake Trail, Bp, Carnelian Bay Avenue, Tahoe Rim Trail (Painted Rock), Park Entrance, Interconnect Ohv, Snomo Dropoff and Tahoe Rim Trail (Fire and Ice).

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Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"An absolutely stunning view of Lake Tahoe from the top of Mt. Watson. You can see a half dozen ski areas and other prominent features. Take binoculars and a camera. Camping, fishing and hiking at Watson Lake. A mix of paved and gravel roads with one short rocky section near the top. The last part is an easy, short walk for those without skid plates. Suitable for any stock SUV." Read more

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Tahoe National Forest
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Dec 2018