South Lake Tahoe Hikes

Get ready for mountains, lakes, and high elevation adventures! Lake Tahoe is an iconic place to visit for skiing in the winter and early spring, but this is what many people don’t know: Tahoe offer amazing hiking trails in the summer and autumn months! South Lake Tahoe hikes are a truly a blast, I’d seriously recommend exploring the area.

Van Sickle Trail Hike: Heavenly Village

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Duration: 4-5 hours

Distance: 7.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

We’re in the mountains now. Van Sickle Trail is located just beyond Heavenly village and offers groundbreaking views of the entire Lake Tahoe! The trail is in segments so you can choose how far you want to go. The hike to the water fall is only 0.75 miles, while the hike to the continuing to the intersection of the Tahoe Rim Trail (recommended) is 3.6 miles one-way. The view is especially breathtaking on the way back down. Overall, this hike is awesome simply because its relatively easier than most and still offers off-the-chart beautiful views. When in Lake Tahoe, definitely give this one a try!

 

Rubicon Trial Hike: D.L Bliss State Park

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Duration: 4-5 hours

Distance: 13.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

This hike is located near Emerald Bay, on the west side of Lake Tahoe. The trail itself features 1328 ft in elevation gain, and is well marked. The hike is quite long, so be prepared to experience the stunning wildlife and lake along side your journey. The views here are some of the best in Tahoe, so come experience it for yourself! The trail goes out for 6.6 miles, so you’ll take the same way back. You’ll also pass lots of campground sites, perfect for a small break or picnic. At the South shore of Emerald Bay, you can even discover a nesting site for Eagles, which is truly an amazing sight.

 

Mt. Tallac Trail: South Lake Tahoe

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Duration: 5.5- 6 hours

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

The king mountain of Lake Tahoe: Mt. Tallac, the tallest mountain in the Tahoe basin. This hike is one of the most challenging in all of Tahoe. However, your 3,255 elevation gained trek to the summit is well rewarded.  You’ll have sweeping views of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, Emerald Bay, and the Desolation Wilderness. In essence, you’ll quite literally be on the top of Tahoe. This hike has a free permit that you need to fill out and the trailhead, since it’s not your typical trail. As with any hike, be well prepared with any equipment you might need, but this is especially important for Mt. Tallac. I’m not talking about crazy carabiner stuff, but pack plenty of water, sunscreen, maps, hiking boots, snacks, and anything else you might need.

Get ready for the best South Lake Tahoe hikes of your life!