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
snow
3 days ago

I did this as a bike and hike on 5/20, from the Ski Run Marina to the trailhead, up and around Floating Island Lake and return. Total 24.6 miles, 7 of that hiking on the trail. South Lake Tahoe has marked bike paths, and near the junction of highways 50 and 89, you will have a fine path, passing the Richardson Resort and Store (food, coffee, supplies) as well Pope and Baldwin beaches. The trailhead access road is opposite the entrance to Baldwin beach. It is a climb up to the trailhead, but you are rewarded with a great ride down after the hike. The access gate happened to be open on this Monday even before Memorial Day, but there were few cars at the trailhead. There is no provision for bike parking. Bring a cable to lock to a tree. Vistas along the narrow ridge never fail to amaze. Manzanita was in full bloom with its touch of green, white, pink, and deep red. At the first big snow slope, I followed foot tracks all the way to the top, but I realized later that to stay on the trail I should have followed another set of tracks that split off to the right about halfway up. As it was I made a detour too high, and then with the help of the GPS and AllTrails cut back to find the dotted line. Glad to have a snow basket on the hiking pole. You come upon Floating Island Lake suddenly, right after the sign for Desolation Wilderness. It is a pretty little lake, and this day I had it all to myself. A thin sheet of ice covered part of the surface, with nice lighting, photogenic. I broke path around the lake before heading back. Lots of rabbit tracks in the snow. The lower end is marshy, but not far down there is easy crossing by a leaning tree. I didn’t run into a soul on the way back down, although there was one car in the trailhead parking. Back on the bike for that fast downhill ride.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Awesome hike. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
6 days ago

pretty easy definitely bring a windbreaker jacket to be very windy and a camera set the black and white cuz they have some spectacular up rooted trees to take photos with

hiking
7 days ago

We went up on 5/19/19 and it snowed the night before, so the trail was non-existent 1-2 miles in. The hike is beautiful as you pass by Fallen Leaf Lake. There are a few small lakes along the hike. Cathedral Lake is frozen over but the ice is thinning. Once you make a right at Cathedral Lake it's essentially straight up to the next two miles (one of the grades was about 48 degrees). We lost the trail several times, but with the snow we just made a stairway all the way up. Once we got to the ridge the wind was blowing up from the southwest making it hard to see. The snow was very deep and we didn't carry snow shoes so we decided to stay along the ridge where the snow was thinner and the rocks were exposed. We went up to the summit from the south and scrambled up the rocks. While the snow is still around definitely bring a GPS or fine tune your orienteering skills.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
7 days ago

Snow flurries while hiking and snow melt made the trail a bit of a muddy hike but fun to avoid the puddles of water by jumping from rock to rock(also able to walk around puddles). Fairly easy trail. Had to hike over about 3 patches of snow still covering the trail which were all an easy short trek. Beautiful view of Eagle Lake at the end of the trail.

hiking
8 days ago

We loved this hike. Just right for us. Taylor Creek is beautiful and we were next to it most of the time. It is hard to follow trail on the east side but we navigated close to the gps trail shown and found our own way by staying close to creek. Well worth it. Crossing over the dam the trail is very easy to follow. Well worth it.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
9 days ago

Nice hike, our conditions were not terrible (fog, snow / rain, wind) but in better conditions it must be top. Very easy hike.

I love this trail. It begins the ascent into desolation wilderness, it’s a fairly easy hike and the lake is so clear and peaceful. I have been here many times and even with many folks hiking around everyone seems to find their own peaceful spot.

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Could only get a mile and a half up without special snow gear. Was a gorgeous hike though. Hey

on Eagle Lake Trail

rocky
snow
11 days ago

Such beautiful views! I am a beginner at hiking and although it was very steep, this was a decent hike for me. There are still large patches of snow to cross over but most of it is just dirt and rocks. im sure in a few weeks the snow will have mostly gone along the path.

off road driving
11 days ago

Update... Land Management dude went up and cleared trail. Official opening is 5/15 but we just went up. No snow super fun. This damn gate is closed too!!!!! WTF

hiking
12 days ago

We have hiked this trail from the parking lot in the past. There is now a trail that parallels the entire road called the Angora Ridge Trail. The Ridge trail is 3 miles to the parking lot for the Lakes trail. Nice views. Currently covered in snow from the Angora Fire Lookout to the lakes so we didn't get all the way to the lakes. I hope Alltrails will add Angora Ridge Trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Flat and short trail for a great view of the lake. Marshlands are located along the route.

hiking
off trail
snow
13 days ago

THIS IS A SNOW TREK WITH AMAZING VIEWS!!! HIGHLIGHTS: - partially frozen alpine lakes and streams - awesome snowy hillsides and peaks to trek up, slide/fall down - Expansive views of lakes - and we saw a F*****g EAGLE!!! BLOCKERS: - Parking: Add an extra mile hike to the Tallac trailhead. The gate is closed (til Memorial day) but there’s a small lot and roadside parking - NO TRAIL (YOU NEED GPS!!!): - there is about 2 miles of actual trail and after that it’s all trekking through snow - you will use a combo of GPS, following tracks - snow shoes are prob best but snow boots and micro-spikes will get you to the summit. If you don’t have the right equipment you will and should turn when you hit the snow. - Bring trekking poles with snow baskets DANGERS: 1. No clearly marked trail after the first couple miles (buried under several feet of snow) getting lost is VERY EASY if you don’t have/are impatient with GPS 2. Falling through snow which is extra dangerous near the large, sharp rocks and snowed over streams. 3. Frozen feet if you don’t have good boots (not a joke or exaggeration, it’s a snow trek) 4. Falling down hillsides (potentially, into sharp rock)

hiking
closed
muddy
rocky
washed out
14 days ago

I had to park further up 89 and hike down to the trail, mid point. Went down as far as I could go but there was a big tree trunk in the trail. Ran into a jogger who said she saw a bear so turned around and went the other way. Went all the way to emerald bay and around, beautiful day, and a great hike if I could give ten stars I would, great trail!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike around Tahoe Mountain Loop today with beautiful panorama views over the area. Against what was told in the hotel, the 7 mile trail was in an excellent condition except for a few short parts where we needed to cross over a small snow patch. A coiple of large tree trees also still fallen accross the trail, should be maintained by now! And please do mark the trails better, more signs needed!! But we can highly recommend this!!!

Good hike! There was intermittent snow throughout most of the hike but it wasn’t really a problem.

hiking
no shade
14 days ago

Sunny, very little shaded flat walk near the Tahoe Keys. Fairly crowded especially in the beach area. Dogs allowed. Nice afternoon stroll.

on Glen Alpine Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful views, many waterfalls and a lot of water. We walked on May 11, 2019, all the feet were wet, as the snow only hides and all the paths are completely in the water, it is difficult to bypass them, therefore, waterproof boots are necessary. They did not reach the lake because of the snow. Having traveled 1.4 miles, every trail ended and all the rubble was snow, we were not prepared for this, so we turned back and forth. When the water comes down and the snow is back :)

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome views and great conditions for us. Snow on ground and wearing shorts

hiked on 5/9 and hardly any snow till the lakes. walked the road down to the cars instead of the trail and it was covered in snow most of the way. good hike. steady slow up hill.

I go all the time in the white mountains etc. and rarely have difficulty with a trail of any length. I did most of this trail today with my small dog. A few things: snow is melting and soft so crampons and spikes really dont help that much till the very top. Coming down is a bit treacherous. Second, come with full and back up batteries. After the first lake, there isnt really a trail anymore so I relied heavily on GPS. Third, brown bears definitely out. Saw 2 on the trail at different points. The only reason I didnt finish was the pup was done after we got to the last loop. But at least re today's conditions was a least mildly dangerous. Come prepared!! All that said, GORGEOUS trail.

hiking
muddy
snow
16 days ago

Nice trail. Well maintained. Lots of water and a bit of snow. Could not get past the falls so we didn't get to enjoy the view from the summit. Will go back. Probably a good hike on a hot day as it is very well forested. Checked around at the beaver ponds near the trailhead but didn't see any beavers, just lots of evidence like dams and cut trees.

I go all the time in the white mountains etc. and rarely have difficulty with a trail of any length. I did most of this trail today with my small dog. A few things: snow is melting and soft so crampons and spikes really dont help that much till the very top. Coming down is a bit treacherous. Second, come with full and back up batteries. After the first lake, there isnt really a trail anymore so I relied heavily on GPS. Third, brown bears definitely out. Saw 2 on the trail at different points. The only reason I didnt finish was the pup was done after we got to the last loop. But at least re today's conditions was a least mildly dangerous. Come prepared!! All that said, GORGEOUS trail.

We really enjoyed hiking this trail. The lower trail is in great shape. The upper part has some snow cover in places that we either walked over or found a way around. One large downed tree made us have to scramble up around it. The high meadows was mostly snow covered but we spotted a fox hunting on it.

hiking
18 days ago

If I can give this trail 100 stars I would. This hike was probably one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. I took my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it as well. The views are spectacular, the smell of pine and birds chirping is what every nature lover strives for. Words can’t explain the beauty of this place its literally heaven on earth. I would recommend this trail to anyone you won’t regret it.

Amazing ride. Perfect conditions and not many people on Monday. Had a great time and just hard enough to really enjoy.... and it’s beautiful there.

hiking
20 days ago

We started atDL Bliss entry as camp ground not open went to beach awesome hike make sure to divert and check out the light house some snow still on trail close to Eagle Falls trailhead but certainly manageable. Awesome hike keep an eye out for eagle nests between Vikingsholm and Eagle falls we saw 3 nests. Awesome day

hiking
20 days ago

We started atDL Bliss entry as camp ground not open went to beach awesome hike make sure to divert and check out the light house some snow still on trail close to Eagle Falls trailhead but certainly manageable. Awesome hike keep an eye out for eagle nests between Vikingsholm and Eagle falls we saw 3 nests. Awesome day

hiking
closed
snow
21 days ago

Trail was beautiful except for snow

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