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Best trails in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

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Looking for a great trail in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California? AllTrails has 94 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 57 moderate trails in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit ranging from 1.4 to 32.5 miles and from 6,233 to 9,527 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Mount Tallac Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 43 m
There is parking alongside the street. A wilderness permit is required. You must purchase the permit before arriving to the Mt. Tallac Trailhead. Day hikers may pick up the permit at the self-service Show more
#2 - Cascade Falls Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 44 m
NOTE: This trail may be closed for the season during winter months. This is a great short, moderate/easy hike to a beautiful waterfall within Emerald Lake State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Show more
#3 - Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Please note: trailhead may close seasonally. As of June 2020, Bayview trail head is closed to cars - restrooms and camping are also closed. Maggies Peaks overlook the rapturous blue waters of EmeraldShow more
#4 - Tamarack Lake
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Delightful secluded lake on Tahoe Rim Trail. Trail is short, but the climb is rocky. There is often a water taxi available at Echo Lake for some of the journey back. Please note that the water taxi doShow more
#5 - Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, and Eagle Lake Loop
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
A trek through Lake Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness past several lakes including Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, Fontanillis Lake, and Eagle Lake. This hike provides a great tour of some of the Show more
#6 - Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primShow more
#7 - Glen Alpine Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Glen Alpine Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#8 - Angora Lakes Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m
Although you can drive into the lake itself, this small out-and-back hike will give you more reason to relax in the cool water of Angora Lake once you arrive. $10 parking feeShow more
#9 - Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
#10 - Big Meadow to Round Lake
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Big Meadow to Round Lake is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
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