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Mount Tallac Trail

HARD 1568 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,290 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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 area. 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. The summit is very rocky and can be confusing. Make sure you have a good understanding of your whereabouts so you can easily find your way back down. Sunscreen is a MUST. Totally exposed for long sections.

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

It's breath taking. Best views in the Tahoe area.

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snow
7 days ago

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rocky
scramble
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Worth the view, very steep and rocky even at the beginning. If you make 1 mile past cathedral you have to keep going, easy/not much left after the post to alpine

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over grown
20 days ago

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rocky
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

A must do, start early to avoid trail traffic. A 100% common sense trail, just follow it and enjoy!

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rocky
scramble
30 days ago

This will kill you but it is worth it!! Hardest hike I’ve ever done, also the most rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic views on this trail. Have not hiked too many others to compare but I will say they are amazing. My wife and I only made it to the base of the MT. Where the rocks level off and there are no trees. Once you come to the second pond (KEEP GOING) despite looking up at what your about to climb. 90% of the trail is up hill and again once you make it past the second pond it’s straight rocks. Highly recommend boots. Took us about 2 hours just to the base and probably another 1.5 hours to the peak. We were moving at a very steady pace. Good news is it’s almost all down hill on the way back. well worth the agony haha.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Views are incredible. Kicked my ass. The last mile was rough but worth it. Bring water !

rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hard hike lots of rocks after the last lake i have hiked alot of peaks around Tahoe i think this hike is a little harder than others but the pay off is big i think it's got the closest and best views of Tahoe

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rocky
1 month ago

One of the bests in California with huge elevation and rocky way trail. The scene you get from lake Tahoe and Fallen leaf lake together is beautiful.

rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Was the first one on the trail this morning. Lots of rocks so would advise wearing boots (although saw others with trail runners). Scrambling to get to summit and lots of wind. Completed in 4:45 but pushed pretty hard. View from summit is spectacular!

hiking
1 month ago

We started at 1:30pm and it took us about 4 hours up and 3 hours down. I definitely recommend starting earlier so you don't have to make your way down in the dark like we did. The trail is extremely Rocky from miles 2.5 to 4 so make sure you bring good hiking or trail running shoes. We saw lots of people with dogs but I wouldnt really call this trail 'dog friendly'. Overall the trail is gorgeous if you have a clear day with beautiful vistas of Tahoe, the Sierras and many other alpine lakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Lose rock but amazing hike

hiking
1 month ago

Super nooice.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great views of course. Took about 7 hours with stops and lunch at the top. Very rocky and hard on the knees and ankles. Our 20lb dog did it no problem but we had boots on him which he got holes from the sharp granite. Lots of dogs but I can't stress enough to take care of their paws and know their ability. Pack out trash and poop bags please!

hiking
1 month ago

The perfect day hike! I went in mid-October starting around 1:00. Finished before sundown, but I had a pretty quick pace. Bring a light jacket for the hike down, but at this time of year it isn't necessary going up. Loads of variety from trees, to boulders (look at the map, you can easily lose the trail), and a windy peak. There are a bunch of (harmless) mountain spiders and it's really something to see their web spinning through the air after you've summited.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail. First half is pretty straightforward. As you approach the incline toward the summit it gets windy so in fall/winter be prepared for cold weather!

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rocky
1 month ago

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