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Horseshoe Canyon Trail


Lake Tahoe

Between the Silver lake trail and the Thunder Mountain trail, the Horseshoe Canyon trail gives you stunning landscapes!

Hiking Difficult

4.6 km
446 m
3 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.6 km
Horseshoe Canyon Trail Map

If you come from the Thunder Mountain, you can use the Horseshoe Canyon Trail to reach the Silver Lake. If you start on the other side, you will start not far from the Oyster Creek Rest Stop, next to highway 88, half a mile from the Silver Lake.


There are quite some rocks on the way, which makes the hike quite difficult at some point.

The route is perfect for taking pictures: landscapes are just amazing. From pine forests and pinnacles to breathtaking views on the region, this hike gives you a wide variety of scenery.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Picturesque
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation