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3 hours ago

great hike

AMAZING HIKE!!

Pros
-Great things to see the whole way up.
-Finding the trail was not too difficult.
-Everyone is very friendly on trail.

Cons
-Very rocky terrain the entire way. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes.
-Very steep and not easy. Make sure to stay hydrated, stretch, and pace yourself. I didnt do any of those and cramped up pretty hard. I was lucky people were nice enough to provide water and energy bars.

Some people brought their dogs. I thought the ground was too rocky and sharp for them. Not a good idea if your dog is not used to that.

Worth it! Just dont be an idiot like me and prepared.

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10 days ago

Tough trail, not a warm-up by any means.

Great Hike! Dont underestimate the difficulty level. Took me 5 hours to get up and 3 to get down. Got to the car right as it was turning pitch black outside

A challenging hike if you're not accustomed to altitude. About 8k ft at top with nearly 2k ft elevation gain from start to finish. bring lots of water and snacks. It's beautiful with varied terrain and a tram ride back down.

hiking
22 days ago

Thanks to an unusual delay in winter storms, we got to enjoy this hike in mid-November. Although it is late in the hiking season, we still saw a number of other hikers on the trail. We knew Lake Aloha would be drained, but other lakes on the way still provided beautiful scenic views, Lake of the Woods in particular. To see this one, you’ll have to add a small loop with a steep climb, but it’s worth it!

As far as the hike itself, it was not terribly difficult. I didn’t enjoy hiking on the scree, but it is par for the course in Desolation Wilderness. The trail is well marked; just keep an eye out for the wooden posts marking various converging and crossing trails. Some people had their dogs, but I was glad I left mine at home since it is primarily an exposed, rocky path.

All in all, a great hike that I look forward to doing again in the summer!

hiking
22 days ago

Enjoyed a beautiful day on this trail, unusually warm and sunny for mid November. A fair number of people were out today, but most that we encountered were within a mile or two of the trailhead. Lake Aloha is drained at the end of the season, so we missed out on experiencing it in its full glory, but the other lakes did not disappoint. Lake of the Woods is worth the uphill climb you’ll encounter after you visit, so I recommend adding a loop on to see it.

Great hike. It was a little longer, but worth every step. The most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. Go early in the morning to be beat the crowds. Brings at least 2 L of water if you’re an experienced hiker. Go all the way to the top! Definitely bring proper gear, food & plenty of water.

hiking
25 days ago

moderate to hard hike..harder on descent then cardio on way up as a lot of shale on trail..where as elevation gain is gradual..thighs will feel it on way down..trekking poles not my thing at this stage..but be sure of footing due to rocks..couple spots trail does somewhat disappear..but not hard to rediscover..fantastic weather for mid November and great views..at summit as well as ridgeline at start along fallen leaf lake..couple smaller lakes along way up for h20..but overall I would rate it moderate..and Jessie hope u were ok on descent..

Challenging hike. Wear proper gear and bring food, and water. When hiking in the fall or winter, start early or you will be hiking in the dark. It can take 5 to 7 hours to complete for an average hiker while taking time to appreciate the views of Lake Tahoe, Fall Leaf Lake and the surrounding evergreen forests

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! I was glad I wore my hiking boots for this. The trail is rocky as everyone says but is a gradual ascent and not too steep. Our moving time was just over 4.5 hours total, going at a steady, moderate pace. I recorded it with photos. It took us 2.5 hours to ascend and 2 to descend - due to the rocky trail, be careful to leave plenty of time for the descent, especially in the fall and winter with shorter periods of daylight and cold temps once the sun goes down. We spent about 45 minutes on top and took many photos along the way. So far, this is my favorite Tahoe hike because of the near constant spectacular views!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing! I only give it 4 stars because of lack of trail markers! Pay attention and it is so worth it! This has been on my bucket list and very rewarding! Not as hard as I imagined ! Take nuts for the over friendly chipmunks at the top:)

hiking
1 month ago

The rockiest trail ever!!! Amazing views, friendly hikers and so many rocks. Made soup at the top and took in the views!! Take plenty of water and or filter. A few lakes you can filter water from up there. Also take some snacks and trekking poles. Steep incline that’s hard on the knees after ascending/descending. Saw a chipmunk.

One of the most amazing hikes I have done this season and with the most spectacular views too. I highly recommend this hike if your up in the Lake Tahoe area.

Most difficult part of the trail is staying on trail due to very poor signage and/or markings. The trail has one lackluster lake and dumps you out near some ski runs. Good if you’re in the area and have half a day to kill, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one.

Great hike. Make sure to get out early because it gets busy.

on Mount Tallac Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Yes, there were a lot of loose rocks covering a majority of the trail, but I didn’t think this trail was as hard as some people have described it. Definitely would do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

As others have said, it's a pretty rocky trail. I used my trail running shoes and had no issues. It was warmer than I'd thought it would be, and I could have probably packed more water (there are no places to fill your bottles on the trail). I was glad I didn't bring my dog, though we did see several on the trail, and they all looked very happy. We started at 9:15, got to the summit by 12:45 or so (had a few water breaks in between, and ate for a bit at the op), and got back down by 3. I'd say the actual hiking took us 5 hours, with about an hours worth of stops along the way and at the summit. We saw dozens of other hikers on the trail, but did go for some stretches without seeing or hearing anyone.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views from start to finish. Highly trafficked. Very glad I did it, but honestly, I don’t need to do it again. The rocks and steps became quite the mental challenge along with the physical. I’ve done half dome a couple times and Yosemite falls- this was beautiful, but you don’t need to drive yourself nuts to get the payoff of the views. Plus all the people and a couple annoying drones at the top sort of kept me from giving a 5 star rating. Even with all that said- you gotta do it at least once- just take plenty of food & water for 6-7+ hours of hiking!

Probably the most beautiful lake in the Desolation Wilderness area. The stark, granite landscape and the crisp, blue waters of the lake make for a breathtaking sight.

I love Mt. Tallac. I've hiked it annually since 2013. Just hiked it today 10/27/18. The vistas are phenomenal and the reward at the summit helps you forget all the irritation you've experienced from the ascend. Not gonna lie though, this trail is entirely covered with rocks and loose gravels. After a while it can get really annoying as it makes it that much more difficult to ascend/descend when it doesn't need to be. Be prepare to get your bum kicked for the greatness that awaits you at the top. Head out early and take your time. Wear good shoes, have fun, and be careful.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked 06/22/2018

I am in better than average shape and it was hard, but definitely worth it. trail is rough on feet and dog paws. teenage kids griped less than me, but I was cramping. water alone wasn't enough! Cytomax should have been consumed.

Once at the top,views are comparable to Christopher's loop near Marlette. Enjoyed running into a group of highschool girl graduates with their Dad's from San Jose "Grads with dads"

rock climbing
1 month ago

This is NOT a hike!! It is a CLIMB. The rocks and incline are very difficult to navigate. Labeling it as a hike is very misleading. The views were nice, but you must be fit and have some mojo. This mountain kicked my butt.

Beautiful views of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Peak, Echo Peak and Fallen Peak.

This is a pretty tough hike, but well worth it. The view of Lake Tahoe from the top is unmatched. It took us about 6 hours including stopping for lunch and enjoying the view at the top. Excellent scenery all the way up. You will need to be somewhat conditioned to complete this. Don't try this with grandma.......unless of course she is a bad a$$

hiking
1 month ago

generally: moderate distance, moderate-difficult trail, with amazing panoramic views of lake tahoe and surrounding desolation wilderness, best done on a clear day; trail mostly of loose gravel and large rocks making for difficult footing
trailhead: small parking lot with additional roadside parking (no passes/fees)
trail conditions: loose gravel and rock the first few miles, then large rocks/shale the remainder of the way
scenery: views the entire way up, initially in the forest with some views of lake tahoe and fallen leaf lake, pass by floating island lake and cathedral lake and then views of the surrounding mountains and lake tahoe toward the top; aspens with bright yellow folliage currently!
difficulty: hard given difficult footing, considerable elevation gain starting at elevation, took about 5 hours with stops for picture and lunch at the top
saw about a dozen people on the trail on a week day

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult but worth it! Amazing views at the top

This hike is amazing. The views from the top are SO beautiful. One of the things I would warn you about is hiking with dogs. I had both of my dogs with me, both very experienced hikers, and once we summited all the pads on their feet were completely ripped off. I think it was in part due to the rocks being super hot and being so jagged and sharp. Just use caution when hiking with your pups and if you have dog boots bring them!

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike. Did it over the weekend; started at 0620 and got back down by 0945 (jogged down). The views were phenomenal. Be aware that, as everyone has pointed out, miles 3-8 or so are largely talus or loose dirt with lots of rock.

Challenging yet rewarding hike with beautiful scenery and views. We went in mid-Oct when the tram was closed (it closed 10/1/2018), so once we got to Shirley Lake, we continued on around Solitude chair to Shirley Lake chair and up and over to High Camp and then took Mountain Run down to to Squaw Village. All in, with a few snack and photo breaks it took us 4.5 hours and was about 9 miles. To get from Squaw Peak Road (the trail head) to Shirley Lake, it’s a lot of boulder maneuvering and often scaling on all fours. It’s not for the weak, very young, out of shape, or elderly. Follow the blue spray painted markers and little trail signs along the way and you’ll be in good shape. If you don’t see blue spray paint for a while, you’ve likely gone off the trail by mistake. We got lost at one point following aimlessly the people in front of us who didn’t know where they were going (we realized later), so have this app ready when needed and follow the markings. It’s a very fun and varied hike and the beauty of Shirley Lake, the gorgeous valley and the views from High Camp are worth it. The hike from Shirley up to High Camp has significant elevation and no shade but it’s a relatively steady climb up the service road and not technical. As the tram was closed, we took Mountain Run down which was simple enough. Only negative with that is it’s a slippery loose pebble ridden service road so be careful with your footing. Often we walked on the side of the road in the brush for better stability. Incredible and rewarding hike overall. Highly recommend for the adventurous and not faint at heart! Bring a camelback/plenty of water and snacks! Glass of wine at the Village at the end was incredibly rewarding. :)

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