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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rocky
21 hours ago

The views were 5 star but the trail surface was so rocky I spent a lot of time looking down. The rocks were as big as my hand or bigger, loose and sharp. On the return trip I heard several hikers complain of sore feet so wear appropriate shoes. I was disappointed Echo Lakes weren't easier to access from the trail. Good reflection of Ralston Peak on the surface of Tamarack Lake.

Super nooice.

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rocky
1 day ago

Great views or course. Took about 7 hours with stops and lunch at the top. Very rocky and hard of the knees and ankles. Our 20lb dog did it no problem but we had boots on him which he got holes from the sharp granite. Lots of dogs but I can't stress enough to take care of their paws and know their ability. Pack out trash and poop bags please!

hiking
1 day ago

Lovely trail, parking lot was full, but lots of parking on road. First 3/4 mile is uphill. Then flat on a ridge with Fallen Leaf Lake to the left and Tahoe behind. The trail them veers into the forest and clumbs up. Floating Lake is at 2 miles with Cathedral Lake another 1/3 mile. Very nice scenary. Enough people so we were not alone without being crowded.

hiking
1 day ago

The perfect day hike! I went in mid-October starting around 1:00. Finished before sundown, but I had a pretty quick pace. Bring a light jacket for the hike down, but at this time of year it isn't necessary going up. Loads of variety from trees, to boulders (look at the map, you can easily lose the trail), and a windy peak. There are a bunch of (harmless) mountain spiders and it's really something to see their web spinning through the air after you've summited.

One of my favorite hikes in Tahoe.

Amazing hike! just beware... there are flying spiders!

hiking
1 day ago

Not a hike but rather a beautiful stroll in the fall amongst all the trees changing colors and the Kokanee swimming in the creek. A great experience for all ages and abilities.

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rocky
2 days ago

Great trail. First half is pretty straightforward. As you approach the incline toward the summit it gets windy so in fall/winter be prepared for cold weather!

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over grown
2 days ago

Part of trail was great then lost trail and had to billy goat my way back to trail. But beautiful hike and several people hiking to Scott’s lake

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rocky
2 days ago

Great trail. Wish it was longer. Completed in my stock 2019 Tacoma trd off-road. Had to bypass the two more difficult obstacles. Need a lift and better tires. Had a blast though.

hiking
3 days ago

You can see a nice view just in the 0,7 miles.

hiking
4 days ago

As many have already mentioned, this is not really a trail, but asphalt. Good sights, easy going walk. Restaurant on the south side of the lake can be a nice little reward

Ran into a stubborn bear and turned back.

on Rainbow Trail

walking
5 days ago

Off Hwy 89. An easy stop and well worth it. It starts at the visitors" center. Paved, good place to see Salmon swimming and the Aspens changing colour.

hiking
5 days ago

Did this on 10/12/19. This is one my favorite trails. What’s not to love about Tahoe and Emerald Bay. The weather was pleasant with a bit of cloud. D.L Bliss state park is beautiful and the Rubicon trail provided great views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. Once you enter D..L Bliss State Park, park your vehicle at the lot closest to the ranger station. There is a trailhead close by (check the map). The trails are well marked and plenty of shade. There are a few spots where you can get into the water. Will come back again next summer.

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rocky
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Did this the same day after Echo Lakes. We were there early Oct on a weekday. Saw a couple hikers on the way up. When we got to the lake, we had it to ourselves for 30 minutes. Beautiful lake. Worth the hike if you want to fit a short one into other activities. As others have mentioned, parking is tight if you hit popular times.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked this a couple weeks ago right after an early 2” snowfall. Beautiful hike. Relatively easy or very low end moderate hike. Went early and didn’t see anyone else until 2/3rds of the way back.

I’m going to start by saying that the Tamarack Trail was one of the most technically challenging trails I have ever backpacked. I bush whack a lot and this trail was harder than most of my routes. This trail will kick your ass, I couldn’t imagine attempting this in the dark, but it offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Tahoe Basin. Any skilled mountaineer should give this trail plenty of daylight, no large pack , and a machete. Didn’t do the route as listed, added Clyde Lake on the first day, and because the water level on the lake was so low, we followed the shore to 50 waterfalls camp. The waterfalls were mostly frozen, but the views we had from our camp on the ridge were breathtaking. On the last day, we cut through what we usually be Lake Aloha because the water was very low.

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rocky
7 days ago

Beautiful hike! We caught the Aspen change at the perfect time and the glow was incredible. There were also a couple old growth juniper trees that were super special. The start of the hike was smokey due to the fires but it cleared up as the wind picked up in the afternoon. There was a TON of bird activity: robins, stellar jays, clark’s nutcrackers, juncos, chickadees, and lots of nuthatches. The hike was more than 8 miles, which we weren’t prepared for, but the lake is beautiful and totally worth it. It’s a beautifully maintained trail and there are vault toilets at the parking lot. It was nice not having to pay to park but they have a place where you can drop a donation to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at the trailhead. We brought a golden retriever off leash and had no issues—we did leash her when we crossed paths with other hikers and dogs as well as when the trail crosses the highway. There were no signs saying that dogs were required to be leashed, but if your dog has a strong prey drive I would recommend it due to crazy number of chipmunks and birds on the trail.

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rocky
7 days ago

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

hiking
8 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.

Several glorious aspen stands along the way! There was a sign at the trailhead warning that the lake water might be contaminated by toxic algae, so I returned to my car to get more water --- I wasn't sure what I'd find on the trail. I needn't have worried. There are several stream crossings on the spur trail to Lake Dardanelles and if you didn't bring much water with you, there's the stream in Big Meadow. Lake Dardanelles is a gem --- lots of white granite shelves and a big granite bluff to set it all off. Footing is largely easy --- not many rocky sections. There's only one steep, switchbacking section and it's not very long. And my map has this as 6.4 miles round trip? An easy to moderate hike.

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rocky
8 days ago

hiking
8 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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