Hiking in Lake Tahoe

Surrounding the Lake Tahoe Basin are hundreds of miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, that branch off into unspoiled wilderness area, monitored by the U.S. Forest Service. As in all wilderness areas, weather conditions may change rapidly, be prepared even if only day hiking.

In our Trails by Region section you will find trail guides for the North & East Shores, South Shore, West Shore, Meiss County, Sugar Pine State park and the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Our guide to popular short hikes includes Eagle Falls/Eagle Lake, Emerald Bay/Vikingsholm, Glacier Meadow Loop, Loch Leven Lakes, Lower Lola Montez Lake, Marlette Lake, Rubicon Trail, Shirley Lake, Summit Lake, and Tunnel Creek Station. Heavenly and Squaw Valley USA round out the lineup.

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Learn to backpack this summer by backpacking! Discover your abilities in Backpacking 101! Click here for more information!

Hiking in Tahoe is one thing but if you've wanted to try backpacking but weren't quite sure how to get started then please join the TRTA for our Backpacking 101 class. Led by our seasoned guides and stellar Snowcamping 101 instructors, Wayne McClelland and Jordan Summers, this class will go over all the basics of backpacking from what to bring and how to pack to choosing a campsite and cooking your meals.

Our Horseback Trail coverage includes Bayview Trail, Big Meadows to Kingsbury, Brockway Summit to Tahoe City, Carson Pass to Highway 50, Meeks Bay Trail, Spooner Summit to Kingsbury, Spooner Summit to Tunnel Creek, and some Horseback Camping Tips. You will find information on  horseback riding stables and boarding facilities in Tahoe's Best 'Places to Go' guide.

Hungry for more? We offer Backpacking Equipment Tips, Backcountry Safety Tips and tell you what to do if you meet up with a Black Bear! And for those extreme hikers we offer complete coverage of Desolation Wilderness, Granite Chief Wilderness, Mokelumne Wilderness, Mount Rose Wilderness, Emerald Bay Area, Fallen Leaf Lake Area, and the Meiss Country Area plus a list of who to contact for more information.

The Trail BookYou will also find many informative maps right out of the pages of our favorite trail book, rendered as scalable pdf files.

That's just the beginning. Hiking in Lake Tahoe is part of Lake Tahoe's biggest online information source - Tahoe's Best.

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Tahoe Wilderness Adventures gets everything ready for an outdoor adventure in Lake Tahoe.
North & West Shore (CA)

Sugar Pine Point State Park is a Camper's Dream!

Address: Hwy. 89, West Shore Lake Tahoe Tahoma, , CA 96142
South Shore (CA)

Eagle Falls Tahoe Offers Gorgeous Backcountry Views 

Address: Hwy 89  South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150