California Hikes: Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail

Tahoe National Forest
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Distance: 4.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 433 feet
Difficulty: Easy
39.1335° 120.7939°

We set out for this trail at about 8 AM with clear skies. The summers here in California can get hot, so it’s always a good idea to plan hikes when it’s a bit shadier out. First things first, this is a great family trail. I loved it almost entirely until there was pavement guiding us a majority of the way. It’s nice being somewhere that isn’t too touched up or altered by humans, but that’s just me.

This is a beginner trail, so I completely understand why there’s a lot of guided pavement everywhere. There’s also a lot of great swimming spots. If you have a kayak, the best spot is probably dead center of the lake to really take in the full view of the place. Without stopping, this can easily be hiked in about 25-30 minutes.

Hike: C
View: B-
Hot People: D

It wasn’t really much of a hike for me, so I give it C grade. The view was pretty nice, so it saves this place a little bit at a B- grade. There weren’t many hot people on this trail, so I’d give it a D in that grading portion. Honestly, there weren’t many people at all, so I guess that’s a good thing considering the Big C (COVID-19).

I’d recommend this hike for first-time hikers. There’s a lot of benches set up in different spots, which make great for picnics. There are also some accessible camp spots, but I’d double-check with google on that to see if you need a reservation or anything.

Overall, this hike was okay. It doesn’t feel like 4 miles at all. I can definitely see myself coming back out here.

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