South Lake Tahoe Hiking

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South Lake Tahoe hiking – embark on an adventure into unspoiled wilderness! Lake Tahoe hikes are an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the region. Fill your lungs with pure mountain air, burn some energy on a challenging slope, and then pause to rest at the summit and take in the gorgeous views. South Lake Tahoe hiking trails are your gateway to amazing natural wonders.

Grab your hiking shoes and be sure to pack a swimsuit when you hit the dirt of the Rubicon Trail, a 3 to 5 mile hike that dips up and down along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, winds around Emerald Point and ends at Vikingsholm Castle. The 5-mile Mt. Tallac Trail starts off with an easy hike to Floating Island and Cathedral Lake. Then the real challenge begins as you head up the steep front face of Mt. Tallac and end your experience with breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Desolation Wilderness.

Explore the 63,960 acres that make up Desolation Wilderness and find many Lake Tahoe hiking trails that wind around granite peaks, and through alpine forest glades and glacially-formed valleys and lakes. Test your skills on the famous Tahoe Rim Trail. This scenic 165-mile long trail follows the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin and is popular with backpackers, equestrians and mountain bikers. When you are ready for a real adventure, Lake Tahoe hiking offers a journey with awe-inspiring views and challenging trails.

Bayview Trail

Difficulty: Difficult Elevation: 6910′ / 8440′ Mileage (one way): 1 to 5 miles Directions to Trailhead: To reach the Bayview hiking trail take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately 8 miles to the Bayview Campground across from... More Details

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Difficulty: Moderate Elevation: 6800′ / 6910′ Mileage (one way): 1 mile Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately 8 miles to the Bayview Campground across from Inspiration Point.You will find parking... More Details

Clark-Trail

Difficulty: More to Most Difficult Elevation: 6420’/7470′ Mileage (one way): 0.5 miles to Angora Lookout Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists... More Details

Desolation Wilderness Lake Tahoe

Trail: Multiple Hikes Difficulty: Multiple Trails: Easy, Moderate and Difficult Elevation: Varies by route Mileage (one way): Varies by route Directions to Trailhead : There are several ways to access Desolation Wilderness. One fairly popular access point... More Details

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Difficulty: Moderate and Difficult Elevation: Varies by route Milage (One Way): 1 to 5.3 miles Multiple hiking destinations available from this starting point. Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north approximately 8 miles from South Lake Tahoe... More Details

Echo Lakes Lake Tahoe CA

Difficulty: Easy, Moderate and Difficult Elevation: 7420′ / 8430′ (Varies by route) Milage (One Way): 2.5 to 9.3 miles Multiple hiking destinations(trails) available from this starting point. Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 50 to Echo... More Details

Difficulty: Moderate and Difficult (Multiple Trails) Elevation: varies by route Mileage (one way): 2-6 miles Directions to Trailhead: Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and... More Details

Difficulty: Multiple Trails: Moderate and Difficult Elevation: Varies by route Mileage (one way): Varies by route Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists... More Details

Difficulty: Easy Elevation: 6360’/6410′ Mileage (one way): 1 mile Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Continue approximately 2/3 of a mile to Fallen Leaf Campground.... More Details

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Difficulty: Multiple Trails: Easy, Moderate and Difficult Elevation: 6480′ / 9735′ Mileage (one way): 1.7 to 5 miles Directions to Trailhead : The trailhead is located approximately 3-1/2 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Look... More Details

Difficulty: Moderate Elevation: 6230′ / 6580′ Mileage (one way): 3.1 to 5 miles Directions to Trailhead: Take Highway 89 north 10 miles from South Lake Tahoe to D.L. Bliss State Park. There is a fee for day use parking. Trail: Dipping up... More Details

Difficulty: Multiple Trails: Easy, Moderate and Difficult Elevation: 6420’/7470′ Mileage (one way): Varies with the different trail options Trail : The Tahoe Rim Trail is a scenic 165 – mile hiking, equestrian, and in designated areas,... More Details

Tallac Historic Site

Difficulty: Easy, Handicap accessible Elevation: Flat Mileage (one way): 0.3 miles Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Turn into either the Tallac Historic Site or Visitor Center Parking lots. Trail... More Details

Van Sickle Bi-State Park Trail Views

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation: 6,283′ Base Mileage (one way): Varies with destination Directions to Trailhead : The Van Sickle Bi-State Park entrance is located where Montreal Avenue and Park Avenue meet – behind Harrah’s Casino... More Details

Vickingsholm Trail Lake Tahoe

Difficulty: Easy Elevation: 6230′ / 6630′ Mileage (one way): 1 mile Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately 9 miles to the parking lot on the right. The parking lot fills up quickly in the summer... More Details