Looking for a great trail in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California? AllTrails has 84 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 51 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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Great little hike for our family. Part of the trail was muddy with water runoff, but was navigable.

i would not recommend this trail until the snow is melted because it is extremely difficult to make it to the top with normal hiking gear (would need snow gear) because the last .4 miles is all covered in snow! that being said, the views of the lake and desolation behind are unmatched. truly beautiful hike, but very steep and not for beginners, and requires a bit of scrambling towards the end. Be careful for bears, I saw a mom and two cubs!

Perfect trail for summer day. Love all the waterfalls and rushing streams beside us as we hiked

hiking
4 days ago

Killer hike. Worth the views at the top! Most of the path on top is covered by snow so you need to make your own.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this trail today, 7/12/19. Started the trail just after sunrise and I would not have wanted to start any later. The upper half of the trail is completely exposed and will be very hot later in the day. Absolutely gorgeous views throughout. The first 2-3 miles is easy, the last 2.5 is challenging due to constant elevation gain and loose rocky footing. There are large patches of snow covering two sections of the trail, and the path around the snow requires climbing over and around large boulders for about a quarter mile total. Above this section it is not difficult to regain the trail and follow it to the summit. If you are looking for a challenging and impressive hike in the Tahoe area, this is as good as it gets. Took about 6.5 hours including 30 min at the top.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

The trail still has patches of snow, but if you are paying attention, cairns are around to lead the way when the snow covers the normally obvious trail. The weather has been a little cooler than typical tahoe hot so it’s perfect. The most phenomenal view from the top which is so so worth it!!

We hiked this trail today, 7/10/19. The trail is in good shape and completely snow-free all the way to both lakes. There are a few fallen trees across the trail and two creeks fords, all easily crossed. Lots of wildflowers, especially in the first half. Very pretty, moderate difficulty, very few people. It took about 4.5 hours including a break at the top. Great hike!!

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off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
7 days ago

I hiked to Maggie’s Peak South Summit -8,699ft 7/9/19. I started the trail at the Bayview Trailhead at 10:30 am. After filling out my day permit for Desolation Wilderness I headed up to the right on the trail towards Granite Lake. A bit beyond the official Desolation Wilderness sign is a wonderful opportunity to look down upon Emerald Bay! Continuing on to Granite Lake, the climb is steep, with well groomed switchbacks. I stopped at Granite Lake for lunch, then headed up to the summit. Before reaching the Maggie’s Peak Summit spur I encountered 4 very large snow banks that had to be crossed. Slushy and slippery-take caution (trekking poles helped)! At the base of the peak, open forest and boulders covered with more snow, with no distinguishing trail, must be navigated around to Summit. Once you do, the 360* view is ... amazing! Big beautiful butterflies! Everywhere ! Up on the Summit! Magical! 6.5 miles, 3:45 hrs. Enjoy!

This is a beautiful hike! Conditions are good right now and if you like wildflowers, there are a lot. However in 7-10 days this area will be bursting with even more wildflowers! The lake is beautiful and refreshing. Be aware that you will share this trail with mountain bikers and horses. I would imagine it gets pretty crowded on the weekends so get there early.

Nice and easy, with sandy beach and plenty of parking. Interesting historical village. This trail is great for older people or people with kids. Dogs on leash are allowed everywhere.

Desolation Wilderness is definitely my favorite place on earth to be! This trail was nice and simple; we backpacked in and out for a one night trip and ended up staying at Crag instead of Genevieve because they have better tent sites available. Shadow Lake and Hidden Lake are very close by if you’d like to visit there as well. As for the trail, it was uphill for a lot of the way up and downhill on the way out and don’t forget to bring mosquito spray for the first half mile of the trail!

We did a loop around the lake. Saw a bear... I ran away screaming, my girlfriend (at the time) walked toward him to take a picture (I’ll post it)... we’re married now, so apparently that’s not a deal breaker. - we were going to climb something, but we were both too hung over. Maybe we really just saw a dog... who knows? Five stars for the company, but the trail only gets 3 for the reasons others have listed (not a loop, on a road, cars not hiker friendly, scary bears).

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scramble
8 days ago

We did a variation of this that goes past Round Lake and up to the highest rocky peak SW of Round Lake (clearly visible from the south end of Round Lake). It is class 2 & 3 scrambling (not bouldering). Outstanding 360 views, all the way to Lake Tahoe and south to Round Top. If you're comfortable with scrambling, just stick to the rocks - no flaky, loose rock like much of Tahoe Basin - and plot your own course. (We had a clear day and with a good sense of direction, we didn't need a GPS). The only trick is crossing the inlet or outlet streams of Round Lake. We did not try the crossing of the outlet at the North end of the lake (as on the map), but went about 1/4 mile south of the lake on the TRT, to a point above all the brush, where the small mounds of rock start on the right. We left the TRT to the right and followed the base of the mounds until the inlet stream which was running quite high but we found an easy log bridge. From there it is just a matter of choosing your scramble course to the highest promontory. The whole area between Round and Dardanelles Lake is good scrambling rock, so just play around. We ran out of time, so we retraced our route back to the TRT.. but next time we'll schedule more time and scramble the whole region and either complete the route to Dardanelles Lake or back to the Round Lake outlet stream crossing. No snow.

hiking
8 days ago

Very pleasant walk through the Taylor Creek area to learn about the ecosystem. The trail is kept up beautifully. Paved walkway throughout makes it great for families and less agile people. It got a bit too crowed for us at certain points. People need to be aware of others and share the pathway. We didn't mind walking through a slightly overflowing flow of water since few ventured that way!

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bugs
off trail
rocky
8 days ago

Totally worth it! The snow made us go off trail so I'm glad I downloaded the map! Bring: Water, sunscreen(re-apply multiple times), good shoes, hat, snacks. Took us 3.5hrs to get to the summit and 2.5hrs to get back to the car (ran part of it down). BEAUTIFUL HIKE!

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bugs
9 days ago

A nice hike in the South end of the Tahoe basin. The trail follows the Tahoe Rim Trail for the first half mile or so. The TRT forks right at a large grassy meadow and the trail to Scott’s Lake bears left and is well marked. As of July 2019, there are a few areas of the trail with light mud for 10 to 50 yards. Most of the trail has pretty heavy mosquito presence. About 1/4 mile from the lake, just after cresting over a slight rise north of the lake, there is a gate with a chain. The lake is ahead and to the right at that point. If the trailhead parking lot is full, there are a few spots alongside the road that heads north toward the camping sites.

beautiful trail. half bushy but the lake view is exceptional. plus we got to jump off the pier.

Nice short, 1-hour round trip hike that is a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Good views, not that steep. Fairway Community Center at the trailhead is a nice facility with restrooms and a public parking lot.

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rocky
9 days ago

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over grown
rocky
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Loved this hike! The hike to the falls was easy and mostly flat or down hill. Getting to the end of the trail was so fun because you got to explore all the smaller waterfalls of just lounge on the many flat rocks and enjoy the view. On the way back, remember it’s going to be mostly slightly uphill, since the way in was downhill, so take that water break and enjoy the view a minute!!

hiking
9 days ago

went on this trail on July 6th. moderate trail with minimum elevation gain. The view of Echo Lake from the top is marvelous! took us about 4 hours round trip from lower Echo lake. The path to Aloha was icy and risky to climb. Next time hopefully we can go up there!

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Great trail. Easy as well and good for families. Did today (July 6) and there was no snow on trail. Snow patches to the sides occasionally but the majority of snow was across the lake/valley on Ralston. Light water running down trail but not enough to get your feet wet and easily avoidable. A little mosquitos late in afternoon. Started at 1:30, went to tamarack and relaxed a little before heading back and made it out in time to beat the mosquitos and chilling temperatures for the most part. Look forward to coming back early in the day and doing aloha. Very dog friendly as well and plenty of water to drink.

on Cascade Falls Trail

hiking
10 days ago

What an amazing day! The path to the trail is short and moderate. The falls are fantastic with tons of different vantage points once you arrive and a dozen or more different mini falls within the falls. Just great. We decide to get adventurous and walked up the falls, found some places to cross over (a couple of jumps from rock to rock and a couple of strategically placed log crossings.) Then, we went to town. No path, so we just went scaling up and climbing over rocks for another 1.5 miles toward Mt. Tallac in the distance. It was a butt kicker of a journey (hard, not moderate at times) but we ended up finding snow! Yup, July 8th, hands full of snow just maybe 3 miles from the road. 4.5-hour round trip, but one of the hiking highlights of our life (and we've done quite a bit.)

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