Mount Tallac Trail

HARD 964 reviews

Mount Tallac Trail is a 10.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,290 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

The jewel in the crown of mountains which ring Lake Tahoe, Mount Tallac promises unparalleled views from its summit 9,735ft above sea level. Unparalleled vistas await the Tahoe hiker on a memorable journey to the lake's tallest peak. This route takes you to the top via the most direct summer route through lush forest, along scenic ridgelines, past small alpine lakes and across blazingly colorful wildflower strewn high-altitude meadows. Sure the 3,500ft elevation gain is greater than you might experience on most day hikes, but both the journey and the destination are worth every single thigh-burning step.

6 hours ago

Challenging hike but well worth it for the views! Good hiking shoes are a must and be prepared for all sorts of terrain. It took us around 7 hours and we did not encounter too many other hikers on the trail.

18 hours ago

This trail was amazing. Quite challenging to complete but the views from the top make the effort absolutely worth it. I wouldn’t recommend this trail for those who are unsure of their footing. My friends and I completed the trail in about 7 hours with many photo breaks and an extended lunch at the top.

1 day ago

Great view at the end! Really enjoyed the scenery along certain sections of the hike mainly at the start. After you reach the rock boulders, it just becomes more of a slog to summit. Was overall quite manageable and steady ascent. It does get windy at the top so bring layers. Was quite busy hike.

2 days ago

Started the hike early which was a great choice. Not going to lie, it was tough. But man was it worth it!

hiking
2 days ago

I thought this was more of a death march than a hike as you are basically rock jumping for 2 miles up and down which one wrong step is an injury for sure. It takes strategy, balance, and mindfulness to get up and down this mountain. Beautiful views for sure, but you have to stop to enjoy them.

hiking
3 days ago

Did this hike 9/9 and it was absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t find it to be too difficult. The toughest part was scrambling through some rocks combined with the elevation gain, but soon enough you make it back on to a trail. Drove straight from the Reno airport and started the hike around 1530 and ended around 1930. Took about a 20 min break at the lake and another 20 min break once we got to the top before descending.

3 days ago

Worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

Absolutely stunning! Great hike on many levels. Fun watching top of airplanes as they flew by. Hiked via Glen Alpine trail/Gilmore lake. Really need good boots as the trail is mostly loose rocks. Next time i will definitely eat a big breakfast before hand. you will need all the calories you can get. 100% worth it!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful views! Great walking day, not too hard not too easy. Just right !

5 days ago

Beautiful trail. Did it yesterday but the views were largely hidden by smoke form nearby first fires. digging is rough but there are shady parts throughout the hike. we left at 10:00 but wished we had left earlier when it would have been cooler.

hiking
9 days ago

Fantastic views

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail with great views. September 2018.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike if you really wanna get a workout in. My husband and I went with our 2 dogs. I definitely recommend starting your hike earlier- we got there at 8:30am on a Sunday morning, by the time we left at 1:30pm the whole parking lot was full. Gorgeous views, lots of rocks...like LOTS of rocks, you’re basically walking on rocks the whole time, so wear good hiking shoes/boots!

hiking
11 days ago

It was amazing! Definitely a little difficult due to the lose rocks walking on, don’t look down you’ll trip. But beautiful views and totally worth it

hiking
12 days ago

Difficult hike, not for the distance but for the elevation gain and the lack on solid ground (hiking on shale for a good portion) but one the most beautiful and rewarding hikes in Tahoe! 10/10 would do again

hiking
14 days ago

Very nice and beautiful trail. Need to do it in a good weather to explore the best views. If you don’t have enough time, you can finish at the cathedral lake and then return.

18 days ago

amazing!

hiking
18 days ago

Hardest hike I have ever done, but well worth the struggle. Views from the stop are outstanding! Reminds you how good it is a be alive.

19 days ago

Oh

21 days ago

killer hike. this hike Always put you in your place as a hiker. Mother Nature is in charge from start to finish. DON'T TURN AROUND!!! FINISH THE HIKE.

22 days ago

Beautiful scenery. Was a bit of a hike but totally worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

Intense hiking over rocks with great views of Lake Tahoe and many other lakes. The 360 view from the top was amazingly spectacular and totally worth the effort!
Took my boyfriend and I 8 hours, and we are in very good shape. There were some people hiking faster than us, so I bet most people take ~7-9 hours to do this hike.

23 days ago

It’s a great hike , we did this hike on long weekend(Labor Day) but unfortunately we lost our cockatiel(pet bird) when we were almost reaching the top most point . If anyone finds please ping us 832-454-2772

26 days ago

fantastic views await you at the top

hiking
29 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!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Bring lots of water!!!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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!

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