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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10/12/2019, 1:00-4:00pm After trying to find parking around Lake Tahoe, we finally conceded and decide to grab lunch and rethink our plan. With 2 dogs in tow and being moderately in-shape, we decided to try this trail out. I’m so happy we did! The parking for the trail is on the other side of the highway. You have to cross the highway to get to the trailhead. It had very light traffic which we appreciated and we often found ourselves alone. The trail has some steep areas and rocky terrain at times. There were a few points where stopped and thought about turning back because we were only half way there. I encourage you to pack a sandwich and fill your canteen and do this trek. When you reach the end of the trail it is literally breathtaking. It took us about 2 hours to get there and we stopped a few times. Two-thirds of the way there is uphill, which makes the trek tiring. However, the way back was a breeze and only took us an hour because it was mostly downhill. There are so many other beautiful, lake trails around Tahoe and away from it. I recommend not going with the tourists and traveling a path less popular.

Great hike!! Trail is perfectly maintained. The lake is well worth the hike up; peaceful and quiet.

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rocky
1 day ago

Good 5-6 hr hike at a medium pace. Long approach and lots of cut backs. I wouldn’t say this is a “hard” hike. No scrambling is necessary. Great views from The summit.

This trail was great. Not too cold, wore a thermal and a vest with hat and gloves at the end. Was the right number of layers for a midday hike (left the bottom of the trail to hike up at 1pm). Not a lot of people on the trail, maybe because it’s off season. Also agree with other reviews that at the end the trail is hard to see but it’s not terrible if you just guess, you’ll run back into it!

hiking
2 days ago

Walk in the middle of the pine forest along the fallen leaf lake, friendly but with little interest compared to all the other hikes available around. Good for families because easy and flat

hiking
2 days ago

Small walk that goes up all along but short so relatively easy. Just be careful not to twist your ankles on the rocks at the top. Superb view, suitable for all ages and dogs.

Trail is well built and maintained. Did as a day hike. Phone battery died 5 hours in. Ended up hiking out at Bayview trailhead and walking down the highway to get back to Eagle Falls TH. All told hike was 19 miles and took 8 hours including breaks and 45 minute stop for lunch.

Hiked on 10/10/19. No snow. BEAUTIFUL views. Hands got cold near the summit so wear gloves.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy trail, but very educational and worth the stop (free!) Visit in October to see the salmon spawn and hope to catch a bear.

hiking
5 days ago

This the first hike, in my travels through Washington, Oregon and California, so far, that compares with the Mt Baker National Forest in Whatcom County Washington. It was challenging but certainly not insurmountable. The prize at the top is worth the work. The bouldering portion that people complained about was the most fun to me. Definitely not for the faint of heart or tourists that want a simple day hike. Loved it.

Easy hike/walk with a great view of the lake at the beach!

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blowdown
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike and easy enough for a 15-year old pup.

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rocky
6 days ago

fun trail but tough for kids. unless you have very athletic kids that love climbing rocks. I felt like I was stair stepping the entire hike because we were climbing rocks pretty much. Olaf, our dog,, did excellent and very dog friendly.

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off trail
6 days ago

I recommend hiking to Lake Aloha & going back the way you came, PCT to Glen Alpine Trail. The Tamarack trail was confirmed by El Doarado Search & Rescue, that the Tamarack trial is NOT maintained. I got lost 4 times because the trail straight disappeared. Worst experience hiking, especially trying to navigate in the dark. 11 miles turned into 18.

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muddy
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Beautiful view of lake Tahoe at the top. Pretty easy going until the last mile. It gets pretty steep and the trail was a bit icy in spots, the view is well worth it though. Trail is lightly traveled.

A great hike. There’s a little up and down each way and a beautiful meadow about a third of the way in. There were three minor stream crossings and each called for using rocks that are about 2 feet apart. If you don’t have good balance it could be somewhat challenging. Our 6-yr old grandkids could do it. A 3 or 4 year old may get wet. The hike is 8.3 miles, not 7.3. That’s a long way for someone not used to hiking but if you take it slow, it’s fine. Beautiful to hike in the Fall. No pests other than grass hoppers. We were hoping to do this hike once the Aspens were at peak foliage, but they are probably another week or two away from their light show. We noticed several groves of Aspens that should be awesome soon. If you’re reading this and planning a hike after say October 15th, I would love to see some trail pictures of the trees! The lake is amazing. A great reward for your effort! Cheers!

awesome trail, busy so get there early

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rocky
scramble
6 days ago

I loved this trail. It was EXTREMELY difficult , especially with the loose rock on the trail from time to time, but the views we caught on our breaks made it worth our efforts. Early October weather was perfect. It was well-trafficked and easy to follow, which was also really nice. We plan on going again soon because once wasn’t enough!

Beautiful hike with stunning views at the summit. Hiked up in approx. 3 hours and back down in 2 and a half. Starts out moderate but becomes a bit challenging towards the summit.

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rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Trail is in excellent condition. A lot of sun exposure! Almost always windy on top, be prepared. This is a hard trail that takes on average 4hrs up, 3 hrs down, 1 hr on top enjoying the views. So disappointed with the”prescribed burn” that filled the sky with smoke and ruined our views:(. Lots of people on the trail this Sunday, and also lots of poor puppies. I don’t know why this is listed as a dog trail., it really shouldn’t be, sure they survive, but this trail is mostly rocks! Big rocks, loose rocks, stair stepping rocks! Please consider other trails for your pooch!

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rocky
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Closer to 14 miles for the loop. Do NOT do the second half (Tamarac trail)! Very steep and treacherous and the trail disappears MANY times. Worst trail ever. I would recommend going from Echo lakes to Aloha for a much prettier and maintained trail.

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