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Trailspotting Lake Tahoe - Family Friendly

Five great family friendly day-hikes in and around the Lake Tahoe region.

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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 Guide to family friendly hiking features several great trails within driving distance of Lake Tahoe and its many attractions. We direct you to the trailheads, then transport you through evergreen forests to clear-blue alpine lakes, huge waterfalls and beginner snowshoe routes.

• 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 - 6225ft 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.

• If you're looking for greater variety of hikes, then check out the Trailspotting Lake Tahoe - Best Hikes or Peak Baggers bundles.

Guides in this Bundle
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.
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 ..
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.
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.
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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