Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe Basin
5-star hike | 9.5 out-and-back | Hard | Lake Tahoe, Northern California -
Our trail map takes you to the top via the most direct summer route; through lush forest, along scenic ridgelines, past small alpine lakes and across blazingly colorful wildflower strewn high-altitude meadows. Sure the 3,500ft elevation gain is greater than you might experience on most day hikes, but both the journey and the destination are worth every single thigh-burning step.
Remember to register for your Desolation Wilderness permit at the Mount Tallac trailhead, which is thankfully free to day hikers. Backpackers are required to arrange their paid permit in advance.
• Elevation Gain 3,500ft (6,400 - 9,735ft)
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