Looking for a great trail near South Lake Tahoe, California? AllTrails has 82 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 Emerald Bay State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Thomas F Regan Memor or Bijou Community Park. Ready for some activity? There are 47 moderate trails in South Lake Tahoe ranging from 1.8 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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hiking
15 hours ago

Great trail with great views! You have to climb over some rocks, but the views from the trail are amazing.

hiking
17 hours ago

amazing views

This trail is accurately rated as moderate. We did the loop clockwise, and most of the time it was a gentle climb uphill. Near the end, the incline intensified, but that portion of the trail does not last for too long before you reach the meadow. Once you get there, you have fantastic views of Freel and Jobs Sister. My only negatives were the amount of mountain bikers we had to side step for and the descent, which is just walking down a Jeep road -not nearly as scenic or enjoyable as going up next to the creek.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

yes you're right, the trail gets lost to a bunch of fallen trees and rocks and stuff, but we felt we went too far to turn back and so we made our way over the fallen trees with our nimble feet and kept going. it gets crazy for a min there. also, steep and sheer granite rock sides afterwards too.. just run up them, it's faster. then there will be a beautiful waterfall on some rocks where you can cool down and get a fresh drink of some of the best water on earth, seriously. then you'll finally make it to Azure Lake. it's so damn beautiful.... you just gotta trust that you're gonna find the trail again- because it does pick up again. it's not that hard to find the trail again after the crossing of the fallen trees. then leave the lake by heading over Maggies peak and back to the parking lot.. not as easy task as this sounds though after the slog from earlier lol.. I highly recommend this hike though. there was no one there during our four hrs there swimming around and eating. and the lake was incredibly gorgeous.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy stroll along the lake. Lots of trail runners out. Fairly crowded so best to get an early start.

Hiked 6-9-19. Still lots of snow on the top half of the hike. Crampons would have helped on a few sections. Check the wind forecast online to best be prepared for the conditions at the peak. Watch out for loose, falling rock on the steep sections. Awesome views of both the lake and desolation wilderness.

Stunning high meadow after a good hard climb. Blown away by the beauty at the top. The s curvy stream was amazing with the mountains in the backdrop.

Beautiful trail. A bit more steep than expected, we had to take a break in the middle. But the views of the lakes are worth it. Even saw some families with younger kids on the trail. We went Wed morning and it was not crowded. We drove through Angora Ridge Road to get to the parking lot, but looking at the map I recommend just hiking at Angora lake trail off Fallen Leaf to get there instead. The road was bumpy and narrow at most parts, at at some point you end up driving along the edge of a very high mountain. It is also a 2 way road so you may run into cars going the opposite direction.

loved this hike through the pines. The hike takes you along a pretty creek which is nice to hear the entire time. The smell of the pines is intoxicating. Very pretty meadow at the end. Heavily trafficked trail with bikers and hikers is only downfall. took us 4 hours round-trip.

Nice easy hike with good views of Hope Valley. The trail is muddy in places near the beginning but clear the rest of the way. The lake is very full right now--no stumps visible and very little "beach," and some of the campsites are flooded. Only saw one group camping and a few hikers and bikers. It should be noted that a bunch of the photos that people have uploaded here are not of this trail! This trail is wooded the entire way with periodic views of the valley through the trees. No meadows, no ridges, no exposed sections. The singletrack ends near the lake and you take a jeep road the rest of the way.

Great trail. Goes along the lake and by the museum exhibits. Plenty of parking

hiking
1 day ago

There is a pretty creek/ river, but the path is gravel. It seems like a service road for maintenance. I wouldn’t do it again.

hiking
1 day ago

Horrible trail. Trail heads aren’t marked and there is garbage everywhere. Also has Jurassic mosquitoes so bring bug spray.

on Mount Tallac Trail

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
2 days ago

Still snow on the trail. Be prepared!! Highly recommend extra socks, hiking poles, and shoes that are good for snow/melting snow.

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Wet. Still quite wet. Plan on hopping across several creek run offs. Several bypass footpaths to avoid deeper waters. Snow fields dense at highest elevation. Ended up turning back when waterfall runoff was directly underfoot & felt unsafe. The trek was beautiful however between full waterfalls & the amount of snow on Mt Tallac.

Beautiful views! When I did this hike it was still early spring and it started snowing when we got to the end and we were eating lunch. We had to pack up quick cuz we were losing the trail. Got back safely but be careful of when u hike this trail! We did not expect snow. Luckily we were very prepared.

hiking
rocky
snow
2 days ago

on Glen Alpine Trail

hiking
2 days ago

We left around 11 AM, beautiful day and headed to Grass Lake. Views are great, trails could use some maintenance in places and there is still a lot of water. If you hike this trail your feet are getting wet, no real way to avoid it. The turnoff to Grass Lake required a river crossing in some fairly swift and deep (over our boots) water. Several places where the trail is more of a stream and you are walking ankle deep. Still fun and more adventurous than some trails. The last five miles to the trailhead are rough and narrow single lane so it takes some time and caution to get through and avoid the cars. Lightly trafficked, saw less than 10 groups on a Saturday afternoon.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Made it almost to Cathedral Lake before mid-afternoon thunderstorms coming over the summit made us turn around. Large snow patches above 7,000 feet. Terrific views in all directions.

Took this hike today because we wanted something on the short and easy side. This would be it. It is a bit noisy at times with the airplanes that fly in and out of the airport next to it. Completely flat but the left side of the trail that runs along the creek is under water currently in most spots so you can really only use the right side until it reaches the turn back point in the meadow. You can go off trail in certain spots and venture down to the creek, and you will find small chunks of the trail that isn’t under water but they only go for short distances. Would do this hike again. Kid friendly for sure.

hiking
scramble
snow
4 days ago

Hiked on June 14th. Still a lot of snow but not difficult to stay (nearly) on trail. At minimum, I would recommend hiking poles. Traction devices would be useful. Incredible views all the way up and especially at the summit. Awesome hike.

In some spots of the trail it was still covered with 6 to 8 feet of snow along the path of the trail. Although the trail was somewhat hard to keep up with, my husband and I made it to the lake which was still partially iced! Be prepared to wade through cold water along the trail in the meadow. All in all it was a beautiful hike!

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

Beautiful sights and sounds of the falls the entire way with pristine Eagle Lake to dip in at the top of the climb. You may want to pair this home with volksholm and lower falls trail to experience all of Eagle falls.

hiking
scramble
snow
5 days ago

Really pretty ridge view but really buggy. make sure you have bug spray.

Fun little gem super close to South Lake Tahoe. I ran it in an open diff Jeep Cherokee on 35s and it was all easy (definitely eye balling those cool rock gardens that have been built though! Both are really technical and would take lockers, armor, and aired down tires). Buddy ran it in a Tacoma with a locked rear and 31s no problem as well. Overall, just a fun trail that can be down in about an hour up and back but you’re gonna want to enjoy the incredible views at the top! Only reason this wasn’t a 5 star rating is because there’s really nothing up top but a spot to turn around. The views are definitely incredible though and you can pretty much make it as difficult a ride as you want!

backpacking
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

backpacked to Tamarack last weekend. lake is still frozen and under snow. we camped on ridge above on snow. need poles and crampons/yaktraxs . snow still covers much of the trail and snow bridges are melting and flooding the trail fast. hard to tell where the trail is except for footprints.

We did this trail trying to find an alternate route to Aloha Lake cause we couldn't reach it past echo lakes. The trail was good for three miles then it turned to complete snow about .5 mile before the junction to Aloha Lake. We saw a couple who said they were turning back so we decided just to try and make it to the junction and go back. Then we saw a family of hikers and their two dogs that said they made it, to just follow their footsteps so that encouraged us to finish. The whole way was hard in the snow with the hot blistering heat. There was no trail so I just used geography and every now and then I found the footsteps. It was hard wandering in the snow but we made it over the crest to the lake. I'm sure it would be easier if we actually followed a trail but it was hard! On the way back we still had enough in the tank to go up the Grass lake trail to the lake before heading back to fallen leaf.

We had been wanting to do echo lakes since last year but now we did. The goal was to get to Lake Aloha but the snow made it impossible, we only made it to Tamarack lake cause we were just wandering through the snow there was no trail before getting to Tamarack lake. The echo lakes area is beautiful but the trail is like whatever. The trail follows the mountain side so all the snow melting falls on the trail and most of the trail was flooded. I have water resistant boots but my feet were soaked by the time we reached upper echo lake which was mostly frozen and couldn't really get a good view. Then you pass a junction on the way to Tamarack lake where it turns to complete snow and the trail is gone! We wandared for a while through the snow trying to find some signs of a trail after like an hour we just turned back and called it quits, dissapointing we couldnt get to Aloha Lake!

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