The 5 Lakes trail is a great hike that passes some alpine lakes and connects with the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail is typically closed this time of year due to avalanche danger and lack of parking. We were amazed to find this trailhead also packed with cars. There must have been 50 cars lining both sides of the street. In the summertime when I see 10 cars, I consider the trail crowded.
|A view of snowless Squaw from the Western States Trail|
|Walking our dog with skiers.|
If you want to hike or bike up the Tahoe Rim Trail to Martis Peak, the trail is still in great shape and free of snow. A weekday would be less crowded. If we ever get any snow it will be less crowded yet!