Featured: Lake Tahoe Area
If the pristine beaches and clear waters weren’t enough for you, and you want a change from the nightlife and casinos of the South shore, there are plenty of ways to further enjoy the tranquility of the Lake Tahoe region on two feet.
Listed below are our favorite hikes around Lake Tahoe. Since the area is so large, we’ve broken them up geographically. If you’re visiting from points West – like San Francisco and Sacramento – you want to take Interstate 80 to reach the trails in North Lake Tahoe and the quieter US 50 to reach the Southern trails. Both are a great drive.
Please remember that Lake Tahoe is at an elevation above 6,000 feet, and most of the trails we cover here ascend even higher. Bring plenty of water, and recognize that hiking at higher altitudes is harder, particularly as you adjust to the lower volumes of oxygen in the air.
North Lake Tahoe:
• Castle Peak – 5 star hike | 3.5 miles | Hard
• Donner Memorial State Park – 4 star hike | 3.5 miles | Easy
• Donner Peak and Mount Judah – 5 star hike | 5.5 miles | Medium
• Five Lakes, Granite Chief Wilderness – 4 star hike | 4 miles | Medium
• Loch Leven Lakes – 4 star hike | 8 miles | Medium
• Mount Rose – 4 star hike | 10 miles | Medium
Lake views on Loch Leven trail.
South Lake Tahoe:
• Echo Lakes and Desolation Wilderness – 4 star hike | 6 mile | Easy
• Horsetail Falls and Pyramid Creek – 5 star hike | 3 miles | Medium
• Mount Ralston – 3 star hike | 7 mile | Hard
• Mount Tallac – 5 star hike | 9.5 miles | Hard
• Round Top, Carson Pass – 4 star hike | 6.5 miles | Medium
Wildflowers and distant mountains from the Mount Tallac trail.
• Official Site | AllTrails | Navigate (North Lake Tahoe) | Navigate (South Lake Tahoe)
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