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by featured Local Legend Adam Kimble

Now that we’re a couple of months into the spring season, the trails are opening up and trail running season is officially on.  We’ve even gotten some “brown pow” via recent rain and snowfall, making for incredibly prime trail conditions!  In honor of arguably one of the best times of the year to run on the trails, here are five of my favorite trail options to run during the spring in Tahoe

Tahoe Rim Trail

There are many trailheads to choose from, but two of my favorites are the 64 Acres Trailhead in Tahoe City and the Brockway Summit Trailhead in Tahoe Vista.  As a resident of Tahoe City, I find that both of those options are easily accessible and the snow usually melts off quickly in both locations.  If you’re looking for a great view of Lake Tahoe without running into much snow, this is the way to go!

Burton Creek State Park

The same trails used for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area are especially great during spring running season.  Most of the trails sit at lower elevation and as such are in good shape while the higher-up trails are still covered in snow.  And the bonus?  There is a diverse web of interconnecting trails, so you have a lot of fun options.  Pro-tip: map out your route ahead of time because the many trails can get confusing if you aren’t familiar with them!

The Flume Trail

This well-known Tahoe classic is relatively sun-exposed, making it another trail that’s quicker to melt out.  Starting from Tunnel Creek Road in Incline Village, you can climb your way up a little over three and a half miles to reach the Flume, all the while catching breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

Waddle Ranch Preserve

Located across from Northstar in Martis Valley, this network of trails has a lot to offer.  From beautiful single-track trails, gorgeous meadows, creek crossings, lakes, and abundant wildlife, you’ll feel like you’re in your own world as you make your way through the incredible landscape!

Donner Lake Rim Trail

For a slightly different perspective, head over to the Donner Lake Rim Trail.  Located on the northwest side of Truckee, these trails will give you stunning views of Castle Peak, Donner Lake, Donner Summit, and so many more of the beautiful locations the area has to offer.  You can also connect these trails to the Pacific Crest Trail and many other trail networks, making it an especially valuable early-season option.

I hope this list will help you find a hidden gem you’ve never seen before, or perhaps rediscover an old trail that you love but haven’t had a chance to visit recently.  With the combination of lovely spring weather, water-dampened trails, and an abundance of beautiful views, now is the perfect time to hit the trails! 

Check Out Adam’s recent visit on the
Trail Runners Nation’s Podcast