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.

backpacking
1 day ago

Amazing views, great trail. We hiked this from Carson pass and it was about 12-14 miles total. Even in the middle of summer, there were snow here and there and it got pretty cold at night. During the day it was great and people were coming up to fish in the lake. Beautiful spot, we will be going back

Awesome.. but it kicked my butt!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Thanks Patrick. I didn’t make it to the top as I was ill-equipped for the deep snow (I only had my mud-boots and no poles). Maybe I was just wimpy. I did make it quite close to the top. I think it’s better to go with a partner for the first time.

The road to the TH is closed so park on west side of 89 or on road. They ticket if you park on the east side. 1 mile walk west on road to TH.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this today and it was beautiful! Cool on the trail so dress in layers. Not too many people but enough to make it fun! The only bummer is you have to park at the top of the park and hike down to the trail head. Not bad when you are heading out but an uphill trek at the end.

Excellent hike. Micro spikes would help a lot.

I've hiked this trail many times and love it more each time. You pass two alpine lakes, the second lake your halfway to the peak distance wise but still have a lot of elevation to hike up. The views are worth it!

Great but heaven wind

My husband and I hiked up Tallac October 28, 2017. It was a warm day with a high of 70F. We started kind of late just before 10am. It was nice and cool at the beginning of the hike and very flat for the first couple of miles. After that, the trail gets very rocky and gains elevation quickly. It was around noon or so when we made it to the top. The views were great as it was a clear day, but the summit was so crowded with people. One person brought up a folding chair and was sitting at the very top, so I had to climb around him to touch the summit. Another person was flying a drone. It was crazy. There were people ahead and behind us on the trail the entire time. I knew that going into it that the trail would be rocky and crowded. It was a Saturday, so that’s just how it is. I was told the trail is much more quiet this time of year. Overall the trail was pretty and there are nice views much of the way. It took us almost 6 hours round trip including an hour break on the summit. If I’d do it again, I’d go that same time of year but on a weekday.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on a beautiful late October day. Trailhead was all to myself departing at 7:30 am on Friday. Easy forested hike until just past the second small lake (cathedral). The trail through the scree field after that was remarkably good, but steep and tiring until I reached the ridge. The scenery after then changes from lake vie to mountain valley as you hike up the backside to the peak. Reaching the ridge again just below offers spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. The summit view could only be matched by a helicopter. Overall a challenging but doable day hike. Recommend departing early for the solitude, sturdy boots for almost never ending broken granite and bring plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views

hiking
2 months ago

The gorgeous views that are the destination of many hikes are with you the entire time!

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful hike. But make sure you have strong ankles. At less 90 percent hiking on loose rocks. Too rocky for me but I did it

Took us about 7 hours — a bit longer than we thought. The view was totally worth it though! Be careful as there are a few areas in which it’s easy to lose sight of the trail.

I would recommend this to the Mount Ralston hike, as its prettier all along the route to the top. On a still day the reflection of the mountain on the ponds is postcard perfect.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike. Beautiful views. Took off a star because most of the trail is on some form of gravel. Going up is not noticeable but by the time you’re coming down it is hard on the knees and ankles! Make sure you are wearing proper footwear and up for the challenge. If you are - you won’t be disappointed. Beauty around every turn.

Took us over 7 hours to complete the hike (This is taking our time, stopping for a snack a couple of times, etc). Just be sure you allow plenty of time before you run out of daylight.

We had fun taking our 10 year old boys up the mountain! Weather was gorgeous at the end of October!

hiking
2 months ago

This mountain kicked my butt. Which made the view from the top even more worth it. It is a really rocky trail for most of the way and there are parts where you have to scramble over large rocks. At one point it looks like you are getting to the summit but don’t get your hopes up, you still have a ways to go.
The view from the top is breathtaking.
Be sure to bring lots of water!!!

One of the most beautiful Lakes in Desolation. A favorite destination. Climb the peak at the north end of the lake with the lone pine tree on top for a spectacular view of Lake Aloha and Lake of the Woods.

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