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Trailspotting Lake Tahoe - Best Hikes

Eleven great Lake Tahoe area day-hikes. From remote alpine lakes & motorboat adventures to waterfalls & mountain peaks

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Overview: Many folk venture to the jewel of Northern California with visions of hiking pristine lakes and unspoiled wilderness, yet rarely break away from the shores, stores and casinos of Lake Tahoe to enjoy what's truly magnificent about the area.

This Trailspotting Bundle features every one of our Lake Tahoe Region hikes, all within driving distance of Lake Tahoe and its many attractions.

Tips:
• Particularly in early summer insects can be plentiful around the lakes, so be sure to pack the bug spray as well as the sunscreen.
• Lake Tahoe is elevated over a mile above sea level (6,225ft to be exact) and our hikes take you even higher. To avoid any ill-effects we recommend that you drink plenty of water and carry your preferred headache medicine just in case.
• These trails are best hiked between June and November, depending the severity and timing of winter seasons. In June snow will be present at higher elevations, though it's unlikely to impede your hiking unless the area had an exceptionally wet winder season. However, use your best discretion to remain safe, and if in doubt be prepared to turn around.

Alternatives:
• If you're looking for our smaller Trailspotting Lake Tahoe downloads then check out our Family Friendly or Best Hike bundles.


Guides in this Bundle
Castle Peak, Tahoe National Forest
Castle Peak, Tahoe National Forest
California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Full day
Whether you're approaching on foot, in snowshoes or on cross-country skis this is a great sierra adventure for all.
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Donner Lake & Memorial State Park
Donner Lake & Memorial State Park
Truckee, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Enjoy an easy lakeside stroll or snowshoe in the Tahoe National Forest.
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Echo Lakes & Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe
Echo Lakes & Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
 
Easy: 6.0 miles, Half day
What better way to begin a hike than skimming across the crystal clear alpine waters of Echo Lakes ..
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Five Lakes, Granite Chief Wilderness, Lake Tahoe
Moderate: 4.0 miles, Half day
One of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness in Lake Tahoe.
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Horsetail Falls, Lake Tahoe
Horsetail Falls, Lake Tahoe
Twin Bridges, California, United States
 
Moderate: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
A three mile round-trip hike gets you up close with this spectacular Tahoe waterfall.
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Loch Leven Lakes, Tahoe National Forest
Loch Leven Lakes, Tahoe National Forest
California, United States
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Full day
High alpine lakes aplenty in the Tahoe National Forest.
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Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe
Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
 
Difficult: 9.5 miles, Full day
Unparalleled vistas await the Tahoe hiker on a memorable journey to the lake’s tallest peak.
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Mt Judah & Donner Peak, Tahoe National Forest
Mt Judah & Donner Peak, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.5 miles, Half day
Scale two great Northern Sierra peaks in just one short day-hike.
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Mt. Ralston Peak, Lake Tahoe
Mt. Ralston Peak, Lake Tahoe
Twin Bridges, California, United States
 
Difficult: 7.0 miles, Full day
The thigh-burner of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Ralston rewards intrepid day-hikers with stunning mountain overlooks.
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Mt. Rose, Lake Tahoe
Mt. Rose, Lake Tahoe
Reno, Nevada, United States
 
Moderate: 10.0 miles, Full day
Conquer the summit of Mt Rose and enjoy the waterfalls, alpine lakes and great Lake Tahoe views.
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Round Top & Winnemucca Lake, Carson Pass
Round Top & Winnemucca Lake, Carson Pass
California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Full day
Pristine alpine lakes, picturesque creeks, abandoned mines and glorious summer wildflower displays.
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