Explore south lake tahoe - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

south lake tahoe Map
13 hours ago

Did this hike on 09/19/18 Great hike. My advice is to start at the trail head and move counter-clockwise around the lake. The beginning of the hike wasn’t too daunting. About 1/4 in though the path is extremely overgrown and parts you’ll need to scale rocks up and down, so be sure to wear good shoes and maybe long pants and long sleeves to protect your skin from rubbing against plants. Towards the halfway mark you’ll end up in a Standford Sierra Camp. We rested here for a bit and even managed to refill our water using their water refill station. Now I believe this is only supposed to be for campers, so proceed with caution if doing that. We also stopped there for a quick lunch as well.
Moving along you’ll end up next to a fire station and a small chapel. The chapel is quaint, but if it’s open it will also be a nice spot to rest. If you keep going, you’ll end up in Fallen Leaf Marina/Lodge. This is another very nice spot to rest, it has a cafe and clean restrooms. Had I known this was here I would have eaten lunch there versus packing one in (less to carry is always good).
After that, about 1/4 of the trail is on paved road, so make sure to step aside for cars. With the exception of two cars, most noticed us and gave us a courtesy wave when passing. This part might have been my favorite since I love looking at houses lol. After that, you’ll have to “trespass”. Honestly, just stay on the path and don’t venture beyond property markings. The last 1/4 if the hike or so isn’t the best maintained, so again, long pants and sleeves to protect your skin.
Overall, decent hike. Would do it again, the views were fantastic.

Lookout for: burned hollow tree and the lone standing fireplace.

fantastic views await you at the top

a good portion of the trail is paved road on the one side, but otherwise it was a lovely, not terribly trafficked trail on the 4th of July weekend.

I did this hike for my birthday in August. A bit challenging, especially the stone stairs past Upper Eagle falls, but very worth it! To date, this was my favorite hike. I suffer from chronic pain and this hike was a goal of mine and I completed it with just a few resting points. Amazing views!!

4 days ago

This is a challenging trail. Spend time on a good stair climber if you’re over 50.

4 days ago

Short, sweet, and easy, but absolutely gorgeous. Haven't done this in a very long time, but miss it terribly.

4 days ago

We made a day hike out of this and was not disappointed by the challenge of mount Tallac. This is a beautiful Mountain, with several terrain changes. To start the hike about 0.4miles in we heard brush moving on the hill to our left, noticed very quickly that we were within 40 yards of a momma bear and two cubs....we backed off gave her space, she lets us know she saw us as well, she and the babies continued down the hillside crossing the trail and continued on there way. What a beautiful moment, with a great outcome! Be sure to be alert! Take plenty of water and energy snacks with you as you will need them. Sturdy hiking boots,& definitely would not do this one without trekking poles, someone offered to buy mine on the way down but I had used them so frequently at that point they were not for sale. The terrain rover the last three miles to the summit is strictly rock, which offers an awesome challenge and on the day we did the climb was coupled with a slight storm which offered a nice 50mph wind, making the summit just that more sweet! The views from the summit are absolutely breathtaking,& we highly recommend this climb!

Beautiful views the entire hike. The summit is definitely worth the effort. Bring plenty of water if you're not used to the elevation.

Bring lots of water!!!

6 days ago

Did this hike on a Thursday late August and the small parking lot was full by 9am, but never mind, just parked a little bit further down. AMAZING views, easy access to trailhead and plenty of other hikers on the trail and on top. Fallen Leaf Lake was stunning, as of course was Tahoe. Plenty of sun exposure so wear sunscreen and bring enough water.

Great hike! Beautiful views at the top! Took us a little under 4 hours to summit, but being from Ohio we aren’t regular hikers - and we stopped for photos along the way. We brought 2L of water each, and we both ran out on our way down. Trail is very rocky virtually the entire time, which was a bit rough on our feet and ankles. Going down wasn’t easy! And agree with previous posts on length - I tracked almost 13 miles for this hike. Recommend lots of water, sunscreen and chapstick; and we used Cliff shot bloks and which helped us a lot. Overall excellent hike - highly recommend!

9 days ago

Awesome and easy hike! Views are breath taking. I suggest getting there (if going on the weekends) early in the am between 8-9 am. You’ll beat the rush as anything past 10 am you can forget about finding a parking spot.

first 1/4 all stairs so that part is tough but it's an amazing trail the views are spectacular

Toller Trail!!!
Anstrengend, viel loses Geröll und Steine.

11 days ago

Amazing views along the entire trail but once you reach the lake it is really something else. Worth every step.

11 days ago

Perfect views
Easy trail
Enjoy it

12 days ago

This was not easy by any means. My wife and I hiked it at a pretty brisk rate, so we made it to the top from the trailhead in under two hours. The hardest part is hiking through the big, loose rocks (they're not wobbly or anything, just a lot of jagged sharp edges you have to navigate through) halfway up and then again near the top. The rest of it is fine, it is just a long hike and I would HIGHLY recommend start before 9 in the morning if you're doing this in the summer. It gets hot before too long.

The view at the top is MORE than worth the hassle of hiking up there.

14 days ago

Amazing view at the top

18 days ago

Spectacular views throughout the entire trail! Worth the challenging hike. Don’t forget to bring lots of water and sun protection.

It’s a challenge! I recommend starting early, good hiking boots and plenty of water - I had 3 liters with some left at the end. It’s definitely 12 miles and so proud that I did it! Enjoy the views!

Well worth the climb for the view-feels like you are on top of the world!!!! Weather was great and again view was spectacular!!!!!

This is 3 stars because the description isn't accurate and the upper portion of the loop trail is inaccessible due to a rock slide. This trail is very busy, which means every 10 minutes you're stopping to let someone pass you on the narrow trail. You also won't see any wildlife with so many people wandering around. It's a really pretty area and nice hike if you like hanging out with a couple hundred strangers while you hike. I suggested changes to AllTrails for this hike description.

Mountallica is hard, yes. but unbeatable views.
I actually climbed it from Cascade lake the first time.
no trail btw.
but from fallen leaf area it's easier. still hard. What makes it hard is the long uphill.
Anyone who can climb a long steep trail can do this. But it's long indeed, and sometimes steep.
I've also climbed from the north side of fallen leaf lake. Now that's steep.
Best to drive as far as you can go to lilly lake. Unless you like a challenge.
Did I say the views are unbeatable?

21 days ago

This trail was AWESOME! Definitely worth the “difficult” rating but the views are totally worth it! I was able to bring my dog and it had plenty of shaded to open sun spots. The only reason for give this trail 4 instead of 5 stars is that the app states it is 10.2 miles, however it is actually closer to 12 (according to my Apple Watch). Bring plenty of water and I celebrated with a beer at the top :)

22 days ago

Amazing hike. I hiked it as a 57th birthday present to me. it took about 4 hours up and 3 1/2 down, But for someone that has COPD, I did good. The altitude is what got me the most. I highly recommend it. Just bring water and walking stick ( I used ski poles) as some parts of the trail is tricky.

This was a beautiful and challenging hike. CAUTION: I saw two BEARS (one was certainly a cub) toward the the summit before the split for the Gilmore Lake Trail. This was on Thursday, August 30th, around 5:45PM.
Be safe and enjoy

Beautiful day. Less people there; school kids are ‘in’. Perfect weather.

Spent 3 nights at Ropi, great camp sites and had the place to myself for two days - then the weekend crowds came !. Is easy to loose the trail hiking back out from Ropi so watch out the stone markings as the trail disappears at a few spots. Well worth the hike in but try to go mid week to avoid the crowds

Load More