A Local Favorite Near Northlake

Tunnel Creek Trail

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Robin Penning

Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Lake
Scenic

4.1 miles roundtrip. Convenient access. Great work out with unparalleled views.

To begin the hike, cross Highway 28, walk towards the Tunnel Creek Station along Tunnel Creek Road and climb the short paved road/driveway. After a few hundred yards you will reach a flat, sandy trail that stretches for about a 1/4 mi above Highway 28 until you reach the official trailhead shown on the right. From here it is a fairly steep uphill climb for about a mile along a dirt path under shaded pine trees. The next mile+ of the trail is the most enjoyable of the hike offering a windy, sandy trail along the East shore with unobstructed views of the Lake Tahoe and the beautiful shores below. The mostly flat and clear trail also make it perfect for trail running if you want an extra workout. Towards the end of this portion of the trail it enters a shaded, wooded area which leads away from the Lake and continues on to the Flume Trail and is where most hikers turn around. The Tunnel Creek Trail is also an excellent location to catch sunset views over the ridges across the Lake during evening hikes.

Photo: ayeshamus

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $63/night

Outsite Heavenly

South Lake Tahoe, California

From $120/night

Falling Waters Oasis

Grass Valley, California

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Views All The Way!!!

This trail was absolutely amazing with rewarding views the whole hike. Trails were in great condition and it was not crowded at all. It really felt like a hidden gem in north Lake Tahoe.

Gorgeous Hike!

Just went today with my family. A bit of a challenge at times, but gorgeous views and not too crowded.

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Robin Penning

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