Explore the most popular camping 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.

Went to Lake of the Woods then Lake Aloha. Fantastic day hike. Took the water taxi both ways so it was only 7.3 miles. I've seen most of the eastern part of Desolation Wilderness and this was as good a day hike as I've done. Beautiful lakes, views, wild flowers. Highly recommend it.

hiking
2 days ago

This challenging, yet doable trail left me and my girlfriend feeling accomplished and well worked! We started at 6:50am, summitted 3.5 hours later, took an hour at the top, and took 2.5 hours to get down. Bring 3 liters per person for hot day hikes, sunscreen, and some bug spray. The best part was relaxing in the lake afterwards staring up at the mountain and thinking, “we hiked that!”

Challenging but invigorating hike, with an incredible reward at the top! I took my 9 and 13 year old kids with me and they did very well. Loved all the other hikers cheering them along the way. We got up to the summit in four hours (including one 30 minute break at Cathedral Lake). The trail was clear the whole way. There were also enough people on the trails so you never felt isolated—but it also didn’t feel crowded. It was a test in endurance as the climbing rarely lets up. But hearing how incredible the summit is from all the hikers coming down was motivating. As others said, the right equipment helps. We took polls with us (very helpful), enough water and we all wore boots. We left the summit at 12:30 and I never felt we were boiling on the way down even though it was an 80 degree day. It took a lot longer to get down then I thought due to the rocks. My feet would’ve been stumps without the boots! Definitely a challenging hike but don’t be afraid to try it. Its not that it is unusually steep or anything, it’s just that you are climbing with no let up on a lot of rocks. Start early—tons of cars in the parking lot already by 7:30am on a Thursday. I think many. people start this hike even earlier.

hiking
3 days ago

An absolutely gorgeous trail that has magnificent views of Tahoe and Eagle Lakes and neat seeing Cali and Nevada from here. From the parking lot to the peak is more like 12 miles, but don't let that stop you. Prepare for it to last the whole day, definitely took my two friends and I longer than we expected, and pack more food than you think you'll need. And once you get to the top of the rock piles, you have about an hour left, don't listen to the lies.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views! I’m decently fit in my mid-20s and found this hike to be on the easier end of moderate. We started the hike at Vikingsholm and did an out and back to the end of the trail. The hardest part of the trek is the walk up the Vikingsholm access trail. Emerald Bay is easily accessible off trail and made for a refreshing dip at the end of the hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! Worth the hype for the sense of accomplishment and views. I was nervous about it (weekend warrior type, decently in shape mid-20s) and I’m glad I went. The hike took 7 hours. Left at 6:50am, arrived at summit by 10:00, spent an hour there and then returned to the car by 1:50. Get an early start, because the sun is hot and the summit would be crowded about 1-1.5 hours after I was there. I drank 2.5L of water and could have had another L more. The rock face after the second lake is tough! Good boots with ankle support are important here, though we passed someone doing the hike in Vans. Save some gas in the tank for the trek down! There are lots of rocks and it would be easy to slip if exhausted.

This hike was insane! The view from the top was completely worth the steep trek. Be careful if you bring dogs on this trail because the granite can blister their paws(happened to my pup). Took us about seven hours with almost an hour break at the summit. Definitely recommend this hike!

Went clockwise: correct choice! It ends with some crazy downhill. Great meadows and variety of views across the trial, there's no one view that stands above the rest

Started our hike around 6:40 this morning. Only a few cars already there. Glad we started early because the sun was brutal on our way down. Took us about 3 hours going up, 20-30 minutes taking in the amazing views at the top, and a little over 2 hours coming down. Difficult hike, but worth the experience and views. Bring lots of water and sunscreen.

This hike is superb - well worth the beautiful drive from South Lake Tahoe. Mid July wildflowers were off the hook - as were the views. Loved hiking up through an aspen grove at the start, then up and over a ridge with spectacular 360 views. Beautiful creeks, meadows, snow capped mountains peaks, iris fields, waist high lupine, endless awesomeness.

The instructions shown for parking for this hike are odd - just park at the well marked Meiss Trailhead lot. Follow the pct to showers lake. $5 day use - self pay post at the trailhead.

hiking
7 days ago

This trail took my mother, son (8 years old) and I about 10 hours to complete. We started at 8:45 mainly because we wanted to be around people as we hiked (for safety reasons) and we took about an hour worth of breaks in all. My mother exercises moderately and I exercise 5 days a week with weights, high intensity work outs, and long distance running. Still, it was difficult because of the terrain.

I recommend hiking boots with ankle support. I hiked up in Solomon running hike shoes which usually do well over gravel but for this trail in particular I would bring some with ankle support. I would also bring more than 2 liters per person as some people recommended prior. We were down to our last bottle going down. We didn’t run out of water but got close!

It was a wonderful hike with spectacular views. Well worth it! I only wish we could have stayed at the peak longer!

Hard hike but breathtaking views. Strongly recommend good hiking boots with angle support.

Amazing wildflowers today. Just stunning! Highly recommend this gem of a hike!

A perfect hike with popsicles at the end! We started up at the day parking area near the campgrounds. Loved the varying terrain and vegetation. Absolutely gorgeous views of Emerald Bay. It was warm so we stopped to swim on the way down and back up from Vikingsholm. We saw at least four Osprey nests throughout the hike as well.
And for the bonus round...once we got down to the Vikingsholm park center they had snacks and popsicles for sale! Sweet. After our snacks we took the extra .2 mile hop up to see Lower Eagle Falls, do not miss it!

on Mount Tallac Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing views! Start early to beat the heat and crowds. Bring 2-3 liters of water and lots of sunscreen! Poles def helped!

Beautiful hike. Wildflowers everywhere and they smelled wonderful. Pretty good incline at the end before arriving to the lake. Some spots of shade along trail but lots of exposed areas.

hiking
8 days ago

Epic views from the top!

Really great hike! Came in with a lot of fear/excitement after my brother who summited last year around this time said he did so in 85°,had to trudge through snow to get to the top, and ran out of the 120 ounces of water he brought. So taking his advice, I began at 5:15am with 200 (yes, 200!) ounces of water. Halfway to the top and having only drank 20 ounces, I ended up dumping 100 ounces so I wasn’t carrying as much weight. With ample breaks, I made it to the top in 3 hours, and took a 30 minute break at the top before beginning my descent. It took 6 hours and 15 minutes total. For a 21 year old female who is active with running and yoga, it wasn’t bad at all!

trail running
8 days ago

I have run this trail many times in the past,but today was the first time for this year.It was a great run-hike up to the 'false summit'
and back down.Incredible views along the whole trail,great wild life,and many friendly people on the trail.I left the parking lot at 6:30 and made it back at 9:45.To any trail runners who haven't ran this before I would highly recommend it,you just have to keep in mind before you get on the trail that there is many sections that are runnable,and a couple sections especially the last rocky hill portion that is not.Its a technical trail I would rate it as hard because of how technical it is with the rocks,but very very fun!Take it easy,enjoy the beauty ,start early as parking is limited at the trail head.As for hydration I wore a 2 liter pack and it was more than enough,I probably could have carried 1 liter and would have been fine.Keep in mind I started early and finished early so if you start latter when it's hotter 2 liter would be a safer bet. ENJOY!!!

Wildflowers! A great hike for July! Mile 1-2 and 4-5 is uphill, but doable even for me. So beautiful the entire time. About 8 tiny streams that you can hop over. Showers Lake is picturesque.
When you arrive, there is Carson Pass trailhead with bathrooms and a ranger station. It’s better to park across the street and pick up trail there.

This hike was incredible. Tough, but doable (I went slow and took a lot of breaks). I recommend hitting the trail early; I started at 6:15 am. This way you can avoid the heat and some of the crowds. It took me about 4 hours to get up and 3 to get down (it was very rocky). I brought a lot of water and snacks. And my hiking poles! But the views on the way up are incredible and the summit is breathtaking. I definitely would like to do this again.

This was a gorgeous hike! Meadows with lots of wildflowers and many lakes to look at along the way. It’s a rocky trail for the most part with narrow passings. Lots of overnight backpackers on the trail. Recommend really good hiking boots.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous view. Round trip about 5 hours. Took me about 2 liters water

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Lots of interval climbing, super fun...super exhausting.

the most beautiful wildflower hike i’ve ever done anywhere in the world. Acres of lupine, angelica, corn flowers, paint brush, Jacobs Ladder, valerian, mariposa and more. Many reaching heights of 4’. The peak is now and it won’t last so go.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous views, wild flowers. Definitely worth the time. And it doesn't take a lot of time.

Started from echo lakes, past lake aloha, up mosquito pass and over to lake Clyde. Stayed the night here and it was gorgeous, no one around. FYI a few trees have fallen, blocking the trail down to the lake, but you can walk over them. Bring bug spray!! It was really bad down at the lake.

backpacking
9 days ago

The most beautiful hike! Not too difficult even with the full pack on, but it pushes you. The wild flowers are everywhere and there is still snow on the peaks... makes for incredible views the entire way. . Camped at Showers Lake, more amazing views off the rock cliffs overlooking Tahoe. Beautiful sunset/sunrise. The mosquitos are out in full force though. Bug spray even on my clothes and they still got me everywhere! Plan on doing this hike again it was beautiful!

I'm super average for hiking shape and this hike took me about 7 hours. Left at 8am, back by 3 pm. It's a tough hike in the exposed area with very rocky terrain so you need to watch your steps carefully and if you have poles it helps. Plan on drinking at least two liters of water or more. Weekend warriors like myself should plan on finishing with sore everything!

Awesome hike, some of the most outstanding wildflowers I’ve ever seen!

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