Hiking in Lake Tahoe

Hiking is one of the top things to do in Lake Tahoe during the summer and fall. There are tons of hiking areas around the Tahoe Basin. Some of the most popular being Desolation Wilderness, the Mt. Rose summit hike and the Tahoe Rim Trail. test

However, you can also get off the beaten track with a hike up to Winnemucca Lake or a hike to Marlette Lake or on portions of the Pacific Crest Trail. For families, the Eagle Falls trails, the Spooner Lake Trail or the Rubicon Trail might be the easiest, while more experienced hikers might want to take the trail from Echo Lakes to Aloha Lake or up the steep climb to Mt. Tallac.

If you want to keep it simple, there are several nature trails around the Tahoe Meadows, Fallen Leaf Lake or Donner Lake, where the autumn colors will make you slow down and enjoy the warm fall weather.

Eagle Creek Trail

HCR 1 Box 1000

Hike 6 miles from 7,000 to 10,000 ft... read more

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Desolation Wilderness

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3070 Camino Heights Drive

The higher you hike up, the fewer people you will see... read more

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Marlette Lake Trail

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Hwy 50

Moderate 5 mile hike... read more

Pacific Crest Trail

7800 Wentworth Springs Road

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail extends 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico. It passes through 23 National Forests, including several wilderness areas, 7 National Parks, other Federal lands, and numerous portions of state, local government and priva... read more

Caples Creek-Tahoe Rim Trail

7800 Wentworth Springs Road

The trail follows along the north side of Caples Creek through virgin forest, intersecting the Silver Fork Trail and continues through beautiful Jake Schneider's Meadow intersecting the Old Silver Lake Trail... read more

Little Round Top-Tahoe Rim Trail

7800 Wentworth Springs Road

A short cross-country trip to the 9,500 ft. summit of Little Round Top gives hikers a panoramic view of the surrounding Sierras and Caples Lake... read more

Chimney Rock Trail

15924 Highway 49

Chimney Rock Trail is a moderately difficult 4 mile trail with an elevation of 6,400 feet. Chimney Rock is a huge volcanic rock, 12 feet in diameter at its base, rising straight up for approximately 25 feet... read more

Winnemucca Lake

Hwy. 88

Springtime blooms... read more

Washoe Meadows State Park

P.O. Box 266
7360 West Lake Boulevard

Washoe Meadows State Park occupies 620 acres of meadow and woodland in the valley at the base of the escarpment leading to Echo Summit... read more

Buck Pasture-Tahoe Rim Trail

7800 Wentworth Springs Road

The trail leads down into Buck's Pasture and continues up along the north ridge of scenic Caples Creek drainage, ending at the junction of the Strawberry Canyon jeep trail... read more
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