This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. The main trail to Dardanelles Lake (Tahoe Rim Trail) before the turn off is also used by horseback and mountain bike riders. Lovely trail along riparian zone of willows and aspen up to peaceful Dardanelles Lake. This was not easy, and it’s going to be an all day thing- but this lake was per majestic beauty. I’m pretty fit- I’m actually a fitness trainer and trail runner-we were able to do it- slow and steady- but it will tire you out. From the trailhead, hike 4 miles gradually uphill (a little over 1,400 feet of elevation gain on this section) to the turnoff for Dardanelles Lake. Go south on 89 to the Big Meadows parking lot on the left. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Dardanelles Lake. We had a family of 8 set up within 20 feet of us and it was a real bummer. Well marked. Dardanelles Lake This hike covered an area just to the east of the hike to Showers Lake, in Meiss Country.The trail starts from a parking area next to CA 89 (you have to cross CA 89 from the parking lot to the trail), mostly south of South Lake Tahoe and east of Sacramento. Beautiful hike! The main site is in Russellville where you’ll find the Sport Fishing Weigh-in Pavilion, a fishing pier, boardwalk, trail, and visitor center with five aquariums and the Lakeview Room meeting facility. Nice lake. Dardanelles Lake is a fantastic summer swimming locale featuring sandy sections of beach as well as granite slabs on which to relax. To further add to this confusion is the laminated sign posted at the trailhead by the Forest Service for the past few years stating that the hike to Round Lake from the trailhead was 3.8 miles. Thanks again for the feedback. This park is located in two areas on Lake Dardanelle, a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. A couple of groups scattered around campsites at the lake but not too busy, may have been busier earlier in the weekend. 3:58. To further add to this confusion is the laminated sign posted at the trailhead by the Forest Service for the past few years stating that the hike to Round Lake from the trailhead was 3.8 miles. With that said, we had the whole lake to ourselves for about 45 min and saw maybe 10 people out and back. gorgeous. Dardanelles Lake via Christmas Valley Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. Hikers and wildflower enthusiasts of intermediate ability levels will enjoy this moderate hike as it weaves through boulder fields, meadows, forests, and stream zones. This is a busy destination on the weekends. If so, please post it in the comment section below for the benefit of everybody . There are toilets. Nice conditions to wake up to today ❄❄❄ Always consult multiple sources when venturing into the backcountry. All rights reserved. Definitely an uphill battle to the halfway on both ends but definitely doable. Membership Includes 1 Year Bassmaster Magazine, Plus $50 in free gear. Well maintained and very busy trailhead on a weekend. Dardanelles Lake, Big Meadow, and other nearby alpine lakes and meadows are located in Meiss Country and Lake Tahoe Management Unit, which is south of Lake Tahoe in the high Sierra Nevada. The trail first passes through Big Meadow and then ascends through a forest of White Firs, Western White … I don’t know who needs to hear this, but if you come across campers already set up, please be considerate and don’t set up your campsite right next to them! This lake is 18 acres in size. Cross the highway cautiously and look for the trailhead signboard. Decent elevation gain but not bad if you pace it. Great trail, lots of shade,easy I’ve hiked this trail many times and have always recorded a one-way distance of exactly 4 miles (according to a Suunto GPS watch). This is a very easy trip, due to the short distance. ft. single-family home is a 5 bed, 3.5 bath property. The hike to Dardanelles Lake is definitely a locals’ favorite, particularly for relatively easy overnight backpacking trips. The parking area and trailhead for hiking the Christmas Valley Trail to Dardanelles Lake is located at the south end of South Upper Truckee Road. What a great time to hike this trail. Trail connecting Christmas Valley Trail to Dardanelle's Lake, with a few short hike-a-bike sections Local Trail Association Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association The hike is moderate and very few steep inclines. Take a right (west) on this single-lane road and travel downhill just shy of a mile to the trailhead. I’ve driven this road numerous times over the years, and I still occasionally have to double back in order to find it because it’s one of those junctions that you’ll miss if you blink. This is a easy one way trail in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. You’ll know you’ve gone too far if the road narrows to a single lane and you find yourself heading uphill. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. For that reason, you don’t need to travel far from town in order to find a relatively remote trail in which to hike! Just challenging enough. The parking area at the trailhead consists of some dirt turnouts, and there’s a Forest Service sign indicating that you’re entering Meiss Country as well as some other information regarding recreating in the area. Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 50 southwest to Highway 89. Or, turn off of SR 89 onto Portal Drive, in Christmas Valley, and then continuing south along South Upper Truckee Road until you reach the trailhead. Nearby there is a good 9.6-mile-from-beginning-to-end class IV-V whitewater segment, the Strawberry to Kyburz portion of American River - South Fork. Lake was cool & refreshing, hung out there for about two hours swimming and eating lunch. Whether you’re baitcasting, spinning or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. The hike to Dardanelles lake climbs through the Upper Montane zone which is typically found in the Tahoe area from lake level, 6230 ft, to 8,00ft. Dardanelles Lake is a short spur off Christmas Valley Trail. You’ll recognize the trailhead by the informational signs and the dirt turnouts. Great trail with a nice elevation gain right from the start. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. Please note that the single-lane road you’ll be turning on to from SR 89 features some switchbacks so be mindful of other vehicles and mountain bikers. It is a 21 km backroad, gradually climbing to 1260m. It’s a bit more remote than Round Lake (nearby) and, like you said, is really beautiful. Situated beneath towering granite cliffs, Dardanelles Lake is a perfect summer swimming hole located just South of Lake Tahoe. . Add 2.8 miles if you hike to Dardanelles … Many who choose this campground like the convenience of being able to walk across the road to get a meal at the restaurant or pick up a bag of ice. There are plenty of folks from Kirkwood here at Dardanelles Lake, and what would winter be without some skiing at Kirkwood. Also, there aren’t any fees associated with parking at the Christmas Valley Trail trailhead. The hike to Darndanelles Lake features a short, steady climb to Big Meadow, full of wildflowers in season; then a long, gradual ascent to a ridge with beautiful views … Lake is beautiful gets crowded. There are two ways in which to find the trailhead to the Christmas Valley Trail. (Better Services and less climbing on that route). And stay safe out there! It is situated in the Meiss Country at the headwaters of the Upper Truckee River. There are limited panoramic views along the Christmas Valley Trail as the majority of the hike travels through the forest, but Dardanelles Lake is surrounded by a picturesque backdrop thanks to the geological diversity of Meiss Country. HIKE DISTANCE: 7.6 miles GENERAL LOCATION: US 89 at Big Meadows/Tahoe Rim Trail access - 5 miles south of US 50 toward Hope Valley My iPhone, FWIW, actually recorded 12.9 miles R/T! Enjoyable fishing is close at hand in the river. If you reach the Big Meadow Trailhead you’ve gone too far, so backtrack until you find that small road leading downhill. The Dardanelles and Freel Roadless Areas are located 7 miles (11 km) and 3 miles (4.8 km), respectively, south of Lake Tahoe, California, and both are managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the US Forest Service.These areas are contiguous, separated only by the corridor of highway 89. Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701. But it is steep up to the Dardanelles trail junction. Since this is an out-and-back hike, you’ll return to your vehicle by hiking back along the same trail. And even though there’s an actual sign indicating South Upper Truckee Road, it’s easy to miss. In Recognition For Your Exhibited Stewardship As An Individual On Behalf Of The Sierra! It’s only about 2.5 miles from that trailhead to the junction (that leads to Dardanelles Lake) at the upper portion of the Christmas Valley Trail. Follow the trail at the lower end of the parking lot approximately 200 yards, where it intersects with the highway. Use the map for the hike to Round Lake to figure out this slightly shorter route. Big Meadow Trailhead Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake. Dardanelles Lakeis a gem of a mountain lake for fishing with numerous rocky points jutting out from the shore, several quiet coves tucked along its long shoreline, and dramatic cliffs rising out of the water. 50, Meyers (5 miles from South Lake Tahoe, CA) Trailhead Parking: There is lots of parking available with an area for horse trailers; Trail Difficulty: Moderate - some rocky and steep sections For bonus miles and to access other aspects of Dardanelles Lake, follow the footpath around the lake. There’s a signpost at this t-intersection indicating that Dardanelles Lake is to the west. We will hike about 7.5 miles on 3 different trails Dogs are allowed on the trails. 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