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Diamond Peak Incline Village, NV

The next best thing to winter...

is hiking all the ski mountains - so much land to run around! And because of all the trail systems around Lake Tahoe, there are lots of connecting trails from ski resorts into all the great national forests.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort Trail is an uphill trail to get some amazing views of the lake.

The trail head starts in Tyrolian Village which is a private residential area, but very close to the base of Diamond Peak.

It starts off near some homes but then quickly winds its way away, along Incline Creek. It's also a popular mountain biking area.

Can you believe people ride their bicycles through this?!

We didn't come across too many people the weekend we were there. Going up we came across a handful of mountain bikers and only a few other hikers. Perhaps because it's in a private residential area less people start from where we did.

Even with all the rocks the trail is incredibly soft; lot's of soft dirt, which in the summer means you can get quite dusty, but it also feels incredibly good between our toes, after all, a dirty dog is a happy dog!

There's lots of coverage in the beginning from all the majestic pines.

Remember to stop for water breaks too since the elevation + incline can be more tiring. It's also a great reason to stop and climb all the boulders. I like to sniff for things to eat while my humans like to take pictures.

As you gain elevation, the trees start to thin out and to your left you'll start to see the lake. When we went in mid-September the days were still pretty warm, but this particular day happened to be a cloudy morning, which worked out well since by the time we reached the top, the sky opened up.

peek-a-boo!

Climbing boulders is also a great way to get better views.

You get better views of me, too!

Once you reach the top, you'll know because you'll start to see a lot of different trails going in all different directions. If you want to make the hike longer you can keep going into Mt. Rose and I believe the North Flume Trail. Lots of options! Otherwise you can just make your way back down for a total of 3.1 miles.

On our way back down we came across more hikers, perhaps because it got warmer, but the trails are incredibly well kept, marked and clean.

Since we were staying in the village this was amazingly convenient since we could just keep hiking to our house for a well-deserved nap.

Your fur parents want to know:

  • No, there is no parking
  • Yes, this is an off-leash area
  • No, there are no doggy (or human) water fountains
  • No, there are no poop bags
  • No, there are no trash bins
  • No, there are no benches
  • No, there are no toilets

🐾 Caesar

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