Hiking Trails near Lake Tahoe

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Notable hikes around Lake Tahoe

  • Moraine Trail - This easy trail starts at the Fallen Leaf Campground which is reasable from Fallen Leaf Lake Road apprximately 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. The trail is flat through the forest and along the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake.
  • Angora Lakes Trail - ANother easy hike leads to two lakes surrounded by cliffs. The hike starts three miles nort of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Take Fallen Leaf Lake Road and turn left on the first paved road. Turn right on Forest Service Road 12N14. THere is a parking lot at the end of the road.
  • Vikingsholm Trail - This easy trail starts at a parking lot about 9 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Higway 89. The trail affords a view of a replcia of a Viking Castle and tours are available. You will also have a good view of Emeral Bay and Fannette Island.
  • Rubicon Trail - This moderate trail runs along the shore of lake tahoe to Emerald point. The trails provides some of the nicest views of the lake from near lake elevation. The trail starts in D. L. Bliss State Park aproximately 10 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.
  • Bayview Trail - This strenious hike provides spectacular views of Emerald bay. The trail heads into Desolation Wilderness up to the side of Maggie's Peak. The trail intersects the Eagle Falls trail (described below). You will need a wilderness permit for this hike.
  • Eagle Falls - Starting from the Eagle Falls Picnic area there are several strenuous hikes at elevations raning from 6,500 to 8,600 feet. One way mileage is around 5 miles to Fountainillis lakes. This hike leads into the Desolation Wilderness and has majestic scenery. The Eagle Falls Picnic Area is 8 miles north of South Lake tahoe on Highway 89. You will need a wilderness permit for this hike.
  • Tahoe Rim Trail - The Tahoe Rim Trail interconnects more than 100 miles of trail, parts of which are available for for biking and riding. Permits are required for some parts of the tral, and information is available at the Tahoe Rim Trail office and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

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