Bird's Nest Trail

Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Bird's Nest Trail


  • Devil's Outlook Hut.- Bird's Nest Trail
  • The trail begins at the junction of the Wiesel and Kidd Lake trails.- Bird's Nest Trail
  • A view of Devil's Peak (7,704 ft).- Bird's Nest Trail
  • The trail leaves the dense trees and skis onto a ridge between Cascade Lakes.- Bird's Nest Trail
  • Skiing with Devil's Peak in the background.- Bird's Nest Trail
  • Looking across Cascade Lakes.- Bird's Nest Trail
  • Photographic views over Cascade Lakes and the High Sierras.- Bird's Nest Trail
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Breathtaking views.
Very quick trail.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Groomed trail: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
80.00 ft (24.38 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
0.70 mi (1.13 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,763.00 ft (2,061.36 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

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The Bird's Nest Trail is amongst Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort's westernmost trails, and it is a quick out-and-back from the Devil's Outlook Hut to a vista point perched above the center of Cascade Lakes.

Rated as an intermediate-level trail, a short downhill slope heads from the hut to a straightaway with views of the nearby Devil's Peak (7,704 feet) towering above the surrounding trees.

At 0.7 miles in total distance, the trail reaches a viewpoint with near panoramic views of neighboring peaks and across the snow-covered lakes. From the viewpoint, return the way you came to the Devil's Outlook Hut and the Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails that lead back toward the central area of the resort.

A complete map of the resort can be seen here.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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