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.

We’ve explored and reviewed the best hiking trails around Lake Tahoe, from alpine lakes and snowshoeing around historic events to climbing the highest peaks in the region.

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
The Potholes at Silver Lake – 5 star hike | 1.5 miles | Easy
Round Top, Carson Pass – 4 star hike | 6.5 miles | Medium


Wildflowers and distant mountains from the Mount Tallac trail.

More Links:
Official Site | AllTrails | Navigate (North Lake Tahoe) | Navigate (South Lake Tahoe)
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