Even though there is still snow on the ground around Lake Tahoe, now’s the time to start training those quadriceps to take on the lake’s tallest peaks. Not only are these peaks near or over 10,000 feet, but they all have great views of one of the highest and largest alpine lakes in the world. These are the five tallest peaks that surround Lake Tahoe:
Freel Peak at 10,891 ft (3,320 m)
Located in the Carson Range near Hope Valley this is the highest peak surrounding the Tahoe Basin. It has great views of the surrounding area.
Mount Rose at 10,776 ft (3,284 m)
This is a roughly 5-mile, 2,000 foot hike from the trailhead, through some wonderful scenery, including a gorgeous waterfall at the halfway point.
Monument Peak at 10,067 ft (3,068 m)
A picturesque peak, home to the Heavenly Ski Resort area.
Pyramid Peak at 9,983 ft (3,043 m)
The highest peak in the Desolation Wilderness. A permit is required for overnight campers, although it can be done in one day by fast hikers.
Mt. Tallac at 9,735 ft (2,967 m)
Perhaps one of the most climbed peaks around. Known for great views of Tahoe, Cascade, Fallen Leaf and Desolation Wilderness. This is best hiked in the late summer months to early fall months to avoid snowy conditions.
Photo of Freel Peak courtesy of [MiguelVieira/Flickr]