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12 hours ago

Drove to the end of fallen lake road to get to the TH. Used the trailhead that is right by the fire station (This was where the fighter fighter directed me). Was not able to get to the lakes due to snow. Ventured through the snow as far as possible after losing the trail and got pretty close but had kids with and wouldn't have been able to get them up the rock edge. Not sure where the previous person who reviewed this trail went but would love to know. Plan to do this hike again once this snow has had more time to melt. I'm sure it's beautiful.

12 hours ago

Drove to the end of fallen lake road to get to the TH. Used the trailhead that is right by the fire station (This was where the fire fighter directed me). Was not able to get to the lakes due to snow. Ventured through the snow as far as possible after losing the trail and got pretty close but had kids with and wouldn't have been able to get them up the rock edge. Not sure where the previous person who reviewed this trail went but would love to know. Plan to do this hike again once this snow has had more time to melt. I'm sure it's beautiful.

backpacking
13 hours ago

Didn't expect the snow, it covered the trail but thanks to AllTrails we were able to make to the lake and back.

Great hike! Not too long and the lake is gorgeous! My girls loved it too!

backpacking
16 hours ago

Really gorgeous views!

Really pretty. Lots of steps. May be difficult for little kids. Super crowded on the holiday weekend. Get there early if you want to find parking

Great hike near Ski Run blvd. Great views. Up and down rolling hills none too difficult. I would hike it again.

Definitely a hard, sandy trail. Also, I tracked the hike as being 6.85 miles total. I did this with a buddy in mid-Aug 2016. The first 1.5 miles of the ascent were smooth, but--until we hit the TRT around 9,600 ft.-- the journey upward was a sandy struggle. Having to constantly stop to dump decomposed granite out of my shoes every few mins until we hit TRT, it took us about 3 hours to get to the peak. Conversely, our descent was ONLY a 50 min slide down the same sandy slope. The views are well worth the hellish struggle up to the "saddle."

Be sure to bring at least 2 liters of water and a hat. There's not much tree cover towards the peak.

Note: There's a muddy section of the trail about 1 mile in... I suggest wearing waterproof boots. I made the mistake of wearing running shoes and had to deal with wet shoes (but, I guess, the sandy section of the trail did dry them up quickly).

Probably my favorite hike in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Hiking Mt. Tallac ("Great Mountain") is a moderate day hike. The hike provides beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, Freel Peak, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Desolation Wilderness. At a leisurely pace, stopping at both Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes and with 35 mins of lunch at the peak, it's taken me about 5.25 hrs total.

Recommendations:
- Bring lots of water (at least 2.5 liters; once past Cathedral Lake, there's really no tree cover);
- Dress in layers (can be windy at peak);
- Bring a good hat and shades;
- Hiking in running shoes can get uncomfortable toward the peak because of the shale rock; I suggest trail running shoes or hiking boots;
-Sacramento Valley Dwellers, like me, take the hike a comfortable pace. Hiking up to 9,700+ ft. can be a challenge when coming from 0-60 ft. in elev.

The peak is flooded with adorable chipmunks. I've also seen black bears 2/3 times I've hiked this trail. Be sure to fill out a permit tag at the trailhead.

Gorgeous lake views! Trekking along the shore for mostly all the hike. I would highly recommend. Very easy hike.

Such an amazing hike!!!!

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike today. Some wet spots but very doable with the family.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy hike. On a paved road most of the way. Best when the road is closed. Don't forget to stop and take a picture at the Angora fire lookout. Be prepared for snow on the ground the last mile to the actual lakes. Worth walking around the first lake to the 2nd lake where there was 10+ waterfalls visible.

hiking
1 day ago