“The perfect easy but interesting route for families, or to experience the area quickly and easily.
— Michael Ahnemann
Birding · Views · Wildflowers
This is the quintessential family-friendly hike - easy terrain, smooth trail surface, interpretive signs, and beautiful scenery make this trail perfect for everyone.
This is a wonderful short family-friendly route, close to a major trailhead. The trail surface is smooth and well-maintained with bridges across the streams, there's almost no elevation change, and the scenery is beautiful. There are also interpretive signs along the way, and plenty to explore.
Start at the Tahoe Meadows Trail
and look for the easily-found sign behind the bathrooms. You'll share the trail with the Tahoe Rim Trail
for a short stretch, then branch off, continuing to follow the great signage along the way.
The trail will travel through meadow, then into forest, then back into the meadow, with views down the mountain and over the Tahoe Lake basin. The interpretive signs along the way point out key features of the habitats here, and keep visitors interested in the surrounding ecosystem. There are also plenty of wildflowers to be seen, and fish in the streams that you'll cross on well-built bridges.
Just keep following the well-marked trail, and you'll return to your starting point.
Flora & Fauna
Look for fish in the streams, frogs along the banks, butterflies and birds. You'll most likely see many wildflowers as well.