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Best trails in South Lake Tahoe

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Looking for a great trail near South Lake Tahoe, California? AllTrails has 89 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. If you're looking for the best trails around D. L. Bliss State Park or Van Sickle Bi-State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spooner Lake Management Area or Davis Creek County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 48 moderate trails in South Lake Tahoe ranging from 1.2 to 18.5 miles and from 6,253 to 9,717 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in South Lake Tahoe
Top trails (89)
#1 - Mount Tallac Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 43 m
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 Show more
#2 - Eagle Lake Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Leading into the heart of Desolation Wilderness (a permit is required), the Eagle Lake trail offers forest, lake and far reaching views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra high country. At the Eagle Falls trShow more
#3 - Rubicon Trail
D. L. Bliss State Park
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Length: 16.4 mi • Est. 8 h 10 m
D.L. Bliss State Park is CLOSED to vehicular traffic for the winter (approximately mid-October). When the park gate is closed, pedestrians may park at the Visitor's Center near highway 89 and access tShow more
#4 - Echo Lakes Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
This is a great trail for anyone that is looking for a moderately challenging, incredibly scenic, and dog-friendly hike in South Lake Tahoe. During the winter, it makes for a wonderful snowshoe trip. Show more
#5 - Tamarack Lake
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Delightful secluded lake on Tahoe Rim Trail. Trail is short, but the climb is rocky. There is often a water taxi available at Echo Lake for some of the journey back. Please note that the water taxi doShow more
#6 - Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, and Eagle Lake Loop
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
A trek through Lake Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness past several lakes including Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, Fontanillis Lake, and Eagle Lake. This hike provides a great tour of some of the Show more
#7 - Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primShow more
#8 - Glen Alpine Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Glen Alpine Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#9 - Angora Lakes Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m
Although you can drive into the lake itself, this small out-and-back hike will give you more reason to relax in the cool water of Angora Lake once you arrive. $10 parking feeShow more
#10 - Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
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