Hiking Trails & Backcountry Adventure

Splendid Lake Views, Wildflowers & Snowcapped Mountains

If you visit Tahoe seeking a unique adventure experience, the mountain biking and hiking trails here will be your favorite playground. Youíll find various hiking trailheads leading into the mountains and the backcountry with hundreds of acres of campgrounds in Lake Tahoe. The ideal time to visit for these mountain adventures is during the summer months of June to August when the average temperature ranges around 70 degrees.


With the winters, which can be severe at times, now gone, this region comes alive in the summers and there is no better way to see it blossom than taking a walk on the Pacific Crest Trail which offers an easy three mile hike to the Upper Echo Lake. Another great route to hike Tahoe is to the historic Tallac site which is a half mile trek on Lake of the Sky Trail.


The John Muir Trail, Tahoe Timber Trails 6 miles north of Truckee and the Yosemite Trail, which is a 185-mile trail between Meeks Bay on the northwestern shore of Lake Tahoe and Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park are other backpacking favourites. During the summer you will find affordable vacation packages and discounts on cabin accommodation or condo rental in North Lake Tahoe and the south shore.


Backcountry Hike from South Lake Tahoe

Spooner Lake, Meeks Bay, Rubicon bay and Emerald Bay Glen Alpine trail heads are the ones you need to head for to hike the back country. This is a 100 square mile federal wilderness area between Lake Tahoe and Carson City. This region located next to South Lake Tahoe called Desolation Wilderness provides miles of hiking, campground sites and mountain biking trails with small glacial lakes popular for trout fishing.


Itís a short drive from the south shore but there are no roads and no vehicles allowed inside, so you have to leave the car behind in the designated parking areas. You will also need to acquire a permit at the Forest Service Office --- there is a small charge for overnight camping trips. Tahoe backcountry intersects the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail at various points. You also get to visit the historic 120-year-old Glen Alpine Soda Springs Resort which was one of the first Ski Resorts in Tahoe when you take the trail to Fallen Leaf Lake. There are nine buildings left of what is estimated to have once been a seventy buildings and cabins complex in the early 1900's. You can also replenish your water supplies if you're planning a long trek ahead.


More Hiking Trails On The South Shore

  • Angora Lakes Trail > Beginner
  • Bayview Trail > Pro
  • Cascade Creek Falls Trail > Beginner
  • Eagle Falls > Moderate
  • Echo Lakes Trail > Moderate
  • Glen Alpine Trail > Moderate
  • Marlette Lake > Pro
  • Moraine Trail > Beginner
  • Rubicon Trail > Moderate
  • Tallac Historic Site > Beginner
  • Vikingsholm Trail > Beginner

Hiking Trails North Lake Tahoe

Pacific Crest Trail in Truckee is a fairly easy trail and meets the backcountry with spectacular views of the lakes and mountains as it winds through peaceful forests and wildflower flower beds in the summer. If you are out for a family vacation, this trail is perfect to take the kids and family along on.


If views of the crystal blue lake and the pristine mountains with many trails and short hikes to choose from is what youíre looking for on your Tahoe vacation the north shore is your pick. Youíll find a range of budget cabins and North Tahoe condo rentals at Kings Beach, Northstar at Tahoe, Truckee and Camp Richardson.


Short Hikes & Trails in North Lake Tahoe

  • Meeks Bay Trail > Moderate
  • Pacific Crest Trail Truckee > Moderate
  • Page Meadows > Beginner
  • Sugar Pine Point Park Nature Trails > Beginner

Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a scenic hiking trail that loops around Lake Tahoe through the mountains. Mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing and camping is allowed in designated areas. You will find trails of moderate to high difficulty with elevations ranging from 6,300 to 9,400 feet; one such hike is from Highway 207 to Star Lake and another from Barker Pass to Tahoe City. This trail is over 165 miles long and only a few people have ever gone around the Tahoe Rim Trail. You can also volunteer as a hike leader with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association; itís a great experience in the outdoors.


The Backcountry - Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness is one of California's most accessible protected wilderness areas and intersects with Tahoeís two most popular hiking trails --- Tahoe Rim Trail & the Pacific Crest Trail. There are a number of trails heads and treks both for beginners and for people looking some serious adventure in the mountains just a few minutes drive from the south shore of Lake Tahoe. You will find lots of information online about trails, hikes in this region. The back country abounds in scenic vistas, wildlife, lakes and glaciers. Desolation Wilderness is also a hotspot for fishing enthusiasts and very popular for rainbow trout fishing.


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Travel Guide, Accommodation, Lodging, Real Estate

When you visit Tahoe for a mountain adventure, use our guide to find the right place to stay. We have vacation rentals, casinos, north Tahoe cabins, hotels and condo rentals you can book at discount rates. We have also put together resouces for adventure tours, rafting trips and outdoor gear rentals to help you plan your vacation.


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