Explore the most popular trails near South Lake Tahoe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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I will never forget this as it was my first ever and favorite hike. It was breathtaking every step of the way!

Beautiful hike. A bit icy in parts making some parts a bit treacherous. I guess that's one (only) advantage of a dry December that you can get to experience this area. Once it starts snowing the road can be closed. Amazing views on Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, and this entrance to the Desolation Wilderness. Hockey players were enjoying the lake in the am but right now I wouldn't go out on the ice after midday.

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3 days ago

It was a beautiful hike. Great inclines and breathtaking views. Definitely would hike here again.

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4 days ago

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6 days ago

Great hike. There are some icy parts now (mid Dec) - but the extra caution in those areas is well worth taking for the view of the lake. Ice skaters were enjoying the lake as well. Don’t be put off by the numerous cars - most visitors don’t go beyond the entry to the park.

Some snow and ice on the trail but totally manageable with shoes that have good traction. Excellent views of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake! A great way to spend a sunny and warm December day. You park at the intersection of the road so there is an extra mile of walking before you get to the actual trailhead.

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8 days ago

Perfect for our 6 & 9 year olds!

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