Looking for a great trail near South Lake Tahoe, California? AllTrails has 83 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 Van Sickle Bi-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 49 moderate trails in South Lake Tahoe ranging from 1.2 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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fishing

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Absolutely amazing. If backpacking, be sure to get a permit online first

hiking
2 days ago

Arrive early. Parking is rough depending on time of day/day of week. The trail itself is very easy to navigate through and read. It’s a very short and easy day hike if you want something to do in a few hours. The lake is gorgeous, the waterfall before the lake is very “flow-ie”. Pack a snack for the lake and then head back. Not my first choice of a short hike in Tahoe due to the crowd factor. Definitely recommend for a one time deal.

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rocky
2 days ago

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2 days ago

Good short trail. I would consider it more more difficult than just 'easy'. Parking is $10 for all day. Get there early because it got really packed around noon.

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3 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I have been to. The views are wonderful and the trail is good under foot. I hiked Oct 12, the day before the parking area closes. The distant views were a bit hazy from the forest fire south of Tahoe but overall a great hike....from the D L Bliss parking area to Vikingsholm and back. I agree with the moderate rating.

Breathtaking views and challenging terrain. A perfect hike, but the trail is tough to follow. Got off trail quite a bit. Make sure you start early in the day. We started midday and ended up hiking the last two miles in the dark.

So... an entire segment of this trail does not exist. Interestingly enough you can see this on the map if you look carefully – a little before the "Viewpoint of river" waypoint, if you zoom in you'll see that the black dotted line indicating "Scott's Lake Road" ends but the red line of the trail continues. Well, the trail ends right there where the dotted line stops. It resumes where the red line hits Old Luther Pass Road. In between, we had to trek through dense forest and tall grasses for about an hour. Whoever created this loop just made up that segment of the trail out of thin air. Other than that, the trail is beautiful, especially the part up to the lake. Just make it an out-and-back.

10/12/2019, 1:00-4:00pm After trying to find parking around Lake Tahoe, we finally conceded and decide to grab lunch and rethink our plan. With 2 dogs in tow and being moderately in-shape, we decided to try this trail out. I’m so happy we did! The parking for the trail is on the other side of the highway. You have to cross the highway to get to the trailhead. It had very light traffic which we appreciated and we often found ourselves alone. The trail has some steep areas and rocky terrain at times. There were a few points where stopped and thought about turning back because we were only half way there. I encourage you to pack a sandwich and fill your canteen and do this trek. When you reach the end of the trail it is literally breathtaking. It took us about 2 hours to get there and we stopped a few times. Two-thirds of the way there is uphill, which makes the trek tiring. However, the way back was a breeze and only took us an hour because it was mostly downhill. There are so many other beautiful, lake trails around Tahoe and away from it. I recommend not going with the tourists and traveling a path less popular.

This was an epic, but very challenging, three summit journey. The “trail” between the peaks is quite steep and poorly maintained. At times, I felt like I was scree skiing.

Well marked. Looked great for biking. A lot of the trees were marked with spray paint so it didn’t feel secluded. No parking lot, but there was easy street parking nearby in mid October.

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rocky
3 days ago

Great hike!! Trail is perfectly maintained. The lake is well worth the hike up; peaceful and quiet.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome trail. Absolutely breathtaking views for miles. Challenging but not difficult. Love love loved it!

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rocky
4 days ago

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rocky
4 days ago

Good 5-6 hr hike at a medium pace. Long approach and lots of cut backs. I wouldn’t say this is a “hard” hike. No scrambling is necessary. Great views from The summit.

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4 days ago

Walk in the middle of the pine forest along the fallen leaf lake, friendly but with little interest compared to all the other hikes available around. Good for families because easy and flat

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4 days ago

Nice walk in the middle of the trees so most of the time in the shade. Rides especially at the start and after the path is flatter. Suitable for families and dogs. The lake is very beautiful by its transparency

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rocky
5 days ago

Fun starter hike in Tahoe, with pretty steep elevation and a rocky trail - but nothing you can't overcome. For a real challenge and AMAZING views, hike another .5 miles towards Velma and take in all the views. Nobody was on that stretch, but it is worth every extra step.

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5 days ago

Easy trail, but very educational and worth the stop (free!) Visit in October to see the salmon spawn and hope to catch a bear.

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5 days ago

great hike for kids. Easy Parking after September anywhere in the park.

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blowdown
over grown
6 days ago

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rocky
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

A lot of up hill but Echo Peak views were beautiful.

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7 days ago

This the first hike, in my travels through Washington, Oregon and California, so far, that compares with the Mt Baker National Forest in Whatcom County Washington. It was challenging but certainly not insurmountable. The prize at the top is worth the work. The bouldering portion that people complained about was the most fun to me. Definitely not for the faint of heart or tourists that want a simple day hike. Loved it.

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blowdown
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

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8 days ago

Beautiful hike and easy enough for a 15-year old pup.

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