Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
1 day ago

nice hike, uphill, theres a cute bridge for pictures & leads you to the lake

great view, kids and dog friendly, the lake is an amazing meditation place

on Echo Lakes Trail

hiking
2 days ago

This was such a wonderful easy hike. Great for families with kids. Our 8 year old did it with a little help on the way back.

Great hike, little busy, beautiful views

Very nice well marked trail. Pretty much all uphill on-way but nothing too hard. Very pleasant scenery. Would be awesome around october because of all the aspen trees. Although I hiked it, it would be a nice beginner MTB trail. Some rocks at the beginning you could walk but a good trail without death cliffs. :)

It wonderful trail. Took us about 45 mins walk wonderful view the lake

Nice easy to moderate hike with lovely views. A little busy on a Sunday but it was also a holiday weekend. Try to go early! No smoke from fires when we went today (11/11/2018)

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike

hiking
11 days ago

Loved this trail, went during the off season and was able to have the trail to ourselves. Easy walk, beautiful views. Took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the furthest lake and around 3 hours (with side hikes) to complete. You can get this trail done in 2 hours if you go straight there and back.

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked to Grass Lake. Quiet trail - only saw a few other hikers on the path. Extremely rocky which can slow the pace. Definitely recommend keep the map with you because the trail can be a little hard to follow at times. Grass Lake was peaceful - light breeze but relaxing.

gorgeous hike and the lake is amazing! might have been because I went on a Saturday, but it was incredibly crowded all the way up and down. Still a good one!

on Eagle Lake Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful lake, fairly easy hike. The falls were dry so not much to see. Pleasant place to stop for lunch.

hiking
19 days ago

Pay attention to the trail on the app - easy to get on the wrong road. We went late October and unfortunately missed the leaves.

hiking
19 days ago

The road to the trailhead at DL Bliss is closed for the winter but you can park and walk a mile down the road to the Rubicon trailhead. I hiked from DL Bliss past Vikingsholm almost to Eagle Point Campground and back. It was a long hike but not difficult. The views are out of this world! So beautiful, it's hard to describe. Fall leaf colors are bright yellow, and the lake in the morning has a surreal green/blue tinge. Don't miss this one during your next visit to Tahoe!

Great hike and lunch spot at lake.

22 days ago

Absolute treasure for the under 5 crowd. Beautiful fall colors. Easy to traverse, for all ages.
Great day hike sight

I agree that the trail is poorly marked in areas. We went clockwise around the lake, and the first half had a fairly easy to follow, level trail that stayed close to the lake. We did not mind the walk on the paved one lane road as the drivers waved or exchanged kind words with us. One spoke to our dog! hahah. Stanford Sierra Camp has some benches and swings that you can sit on for a picnic lunch with a beautiful view. Makes me wish we could camp there, but alas neither my husband nor I attended Stanford. From there, the trail got a whole lot harder! There were some very rocky ups and downs. I had to send my husband ahead to make sure the trail was appropriate for our lab. I would have enjoyed this part of the trail more if it was not as rocky and long as it was (45 minutes to an hour of walking). The views of the lake were great, but the rocks cut my dog's feet. We reached a fork in the trail with a sign that read "Public trail" and pointed upward. My husband and I debated which fork to take; I thought we needed to head back toward the lake, but we ended up following the public tail which was the wrong path to take. This path had a lot more rocks and also was very overgrown with prickly, scratchy plants. After realizing that we were no longer on the trail we needed to be on, we course corrected and ended up by the firehouse. The trail was once again level and easy to follow. About a mile before the trail head, we found an adorable beach with a picnic table. This would have been a much better place to let our dog swim than the other rockier shorelines we found earlier in the hike. Somehow, we took another wrong turn and got off the trail again. This time my husband decided that the new trail may take us to our car (it didn't), and we ended up having to backtrack quite a ways to get back on the trail. I definitely agree that you should bring a fully charged phone and use the GPS map to ensure you stay on the trail at any fork. All in all with our detour(s), we probably turned this 8 mile hike into 10 miles. Our lab was dragging by the end, and so were we! Bring plenty of water and food!

Although not as immediately grand as Lake Aloha or Clyde Lake, Lake of the Woods is really just as beautiful and has the added bonus of feeling even more secluded and peaceful. Plus you can always add Lake Aloha to this hike as it isn't much further.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail. Rocky and flat in the beginning. Beautiful views at Grass Lake. Quick easy hike that one can finish within a few hours.

hiking
24 days ago

easy, accessible, rewarding hike around emerald bay; not terribly crowded on a fall weekday with nice fall foliage around the bay
parking/trailhead: dl bliss entrance closed at entrance, could park and walk down to trail but we parked at the other end of emerald bay on the road and didn't pay; $10 at vikingsholm
trail: wilderness highway, well maintained, mostly packed dirt
scenery: beautiful views of the bay and surrounding area, fall colors

Great moderate hike for anyone looking to go for a non-technical walk in the mountains. At 52 and living at 682’ above sea level, I had to pace myself on the steeper parts, but had no trouble accomplishing the hike. Uphill at the beginning and then a nice break walking across the beautiful big meadow, you continue a climb up and over to proceed to the lake. Dardanelles Lake is not on the marked post, but Round Lake is. Go right at the post that says Round Lake and then a few hundred yards down the trail go left at the next post to get to the lake. The little lake is very pretty and if you have time stroll around it. Nice prize to see for the walk to it. Since most of the climb occurs at the front of the hike, it’s a nice downhill back to your car. Aspens were still brilliantly colorful! Enjoy your day!!

Beautiful hike, not thrilled about dodging mountain bikers. Will hike it again in the spring when the creek is running hard.

Hiked from DL Bliss to Vikingsholm. Very pretty hike! We completed this section in 2 hours.

30 days ago

One of my favorites, a gorgeous hike! We started out at the trailhead at D. L. Bliss, the campground was closed and the parking at the front was full, but we found parking along the street. We only hiked to Vikingsholm and then turned around, next time we’ll continue the hike into Emerald Bay , with stopping to eat our lunch, and taking pictures, it took us 5 Hrs. Next time and that’s if we get an early start because of parking, we might try starting at Vikingsholm, hike into Emerald Bay, back to Vikingsholm, and continue towards D. L. Bliss for a ways, and back to Vikingsholm, it is a long hike , and my husband and I are feeling the soreness the next day, but it’s a good soreness! Love this hike, I highly recommend, especially in October when the crowds were minimal and the aspens scattered randomly along the hike were so beautiful.

hiking
30 days ago

The best Fall hike! Bring the family.

The lake is breathtaking! The only caveat was that the hike is short but you can add on, and the crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

Competed on 10/20, The fall colors in the meadow were pretty. However, the trail is less of a trail and more of a dirt road with some vehicle traffic. If you have an appropriate vehicle you should just drive down. Overall, it was a mellow stroll

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views! $10 parking fee cash or credit.

IMPORTANT EDIT:

"To get to the trail you can start at the Fountain Place Trailhead and follow the Armstrong Pass Connector trail to Armstrong Pass, then take a LEFT (not a right) on the Tahoe Rim Trail to begin the ascent of Freel Peak."

Prettythe whole way up and down with great views at the lake

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