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Three Family-Friendly Trails to Try This Summer!

About 2 year(s) ago by Donner Lake Village

Lake Tahoe is packed with fun-filled hiking and walking trails, and we've got three your family will love! From short and sweet to fun and adventurous, these scenic trails make great day trips to suit every personality. Choose from granite peaks and lush meadows to rope swings and waterfalls. Get into the great outdoors and get stepping!

Waterfalls and Granite Boulders

Hike to Upper Eagle Falls and to Eagle Lake for stunning views! Start your 3-4 mile adventure to Eagle Falls by ascending from the parking lot on a beaten path before treading on steep stone stairs cut into the rock wall. Reach Eagle Falls and the short loop trail within just a few minutes. Cross the bridge to a forested area leading you onto a large granite rock. The mountains will tower around you, and you'll see a sign for Eagle Lake about 2 miles in.

Take the trail to the left to see fallen rocks and a breath-taking view of the mountain reflected in the lake. When you're done, walk back to the parking lot and head to Emerald Bay Lookout. Hike down to the lower falls to sneak in one more view before returning to the lookout to capture stunning images of the green-blue waters of Emerald Bay.

Walk Amongst the Meadows

If lush meadows and a relaxed walk are what you're after, head to Martis Creek Trail at the base of Northstar. This primarily flat trail is an easy 4 mile loop with plenty of picnic tables to enjoy lunch and to have a rest. Start the trail early in the day and tackle it counter clockwise to avoid an incline at the finish. Bring a hat and sunscreen to keep the summer sun off your face as you'll need protection in this open landscape. For a cooler experience, walk the trail at sunset and watch the colors change over the mountains.

Splash & Swing with Ease

The Feely Lake and Island Lake Trail boasts beautiful, wild flowers and lakes perfect for swimming. Pack your swimsuits and towels and splash around as you'll have plenty of energy on this easy 2 mile hike. Park at Carr Lake trailhead and hike your way to Island Lake passing Feely Lake on your way. Add another small hike after lunch and head to Long Lake via Palisade Creek Trail. The kids will love making memories on the rope swings along the lake, and you'll find yourself swinging out across the water, too!

Want more details on your hiking excursions? Check out the North Lake Tahoe's Hiking/Trail Guide.

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