Lake Tahoe has a way of getting into your blood, under your skin and pervading every part of your body. From easy to strenuous, Lake Tahoe boasts some of the best hikes in North America. This list of hikes is what we would consider a list of day hikes. Day hikes are defined as, short to medium walks in rural areas. Well, this certainly qualifies. With some of the less strenuous “hikes” Lake Tahoe has to offer, TrailsTV offers a perfect look at just a few of the trails available. With all of our lists, these are in no particular order. The trail you determine is really based on your family, how much you hike and the time you have to spend hiking. So have a look, keep us honest we love to be wrong!
The Rainbow Trail
The Rainbow Trail is a great, easy, hike in South Lake Tahoe. The Rainbow Trail takes visitors from the Taylor Creek Visitor Center to the Stream Profile Chamber. The 1/4 mile trail that goes from the Visitor Center to the Stream Profile Chamber winds through the meadow and marsh by Taylor Creek. The path is marked along the way!
This short flat trail is a way to touristy on summer days, but a beautiful hike is a beautiful hike. The graded dirt and paved road, known as Angora Ridge Road, is suitable for passenger vehicles and passes a variety of spectacular scenery. It begins near Fallen Leaf Lake and travels gradually onto Angora Ridge.
The Tahoe Rim Trail – Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
The Tahoe Rim Trail has hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails. Some of the easier trail heads to find are located at Spooner Summit on the west shore, Big Meadow in South Lake Tahoe and the main trail in Tahoe City. These trails are mostly flat on a dirtish road with lots of foliage. These are high altitude hikes, so make sure you take necessary precautions with your kids and animals. TrailsTV is collecting them as we speak, so stay tuned.
Vikingsholm and Emerald Point
Vikingsholm is great, my family has been there a bunch of times. This is straight from their site,
Vikingsholm is located at the head of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California. This magnificent “castle” is a unique blend of Nature’s spectacular beauty and man’s architectural ingenuity.
Vikingsholm, situated majestically among towering pines and cedars, was built as a summer home by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight in 1929.
Go… You won’t be dissatisfied.
Grass Lake sits among granite slopes at 7,000 feet in the Desolation Wilderness. The hike to Grass Lake passes Lily Lake, crosses Glen Alpine Creek and includes several waterfalls and a swimming hole. Remember in a wilderness area you aren’t allowed to have motorized vehicles. Always take what you brought, we love our wilderness spaces, you should too.
White Cloud Falls
The quiet hike is in stark contrast to the waterfall at the end of the hike. Cascade Creek feeds both the swift falls and Cascade Lake, a dark, still pool that is surrounded by private property and off-limits to hikers. Respect the wilderness and private property signs.
Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop
It’s a hundred degrees in Reno and the mountains look appealing, actually so does that lake on the other side. Along SR 431 that winds around Mount Rose on it’s way to Incline Village, just past the Mount Rose peak is a small turn off to the left. It’s well marked, just look for the large restroom building and turn down, parking near the bottom.
Five Lake Trail
Probably the most difficult of the day hikes, Five Lake Trail offers three different types of hiking in this medium hike. The most difficult part of the climb is at the beginning.
Pacific Crest Trail at Echo Lakes
This trip follows a seldom-used section of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails. What little traffic this section does receive, other than from through-hikers bound for Canada, is from day-trippers headed to Benwood Meadow, which is only three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead.
Keep us honest… Are you partial to your neck of the woods? Let us know, we love to be wrong…