The Best Hikes in Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is known for its beauty and outdoor activities, and when it comes to hiking, you get to take advantage of both! Tahoe has A LOT of hikes to choose from, and really there is something for every level, style and region. After living in Tahoe for 10+ years, we’ve hiked a ton and compiled the best of the best. Here are our top hikes to check out this summer and fall:
This is a classic, and definitely not a hidden gem, but it’s a popular one for a reason. The quick 1,200 foot elevation gain is steep, but it’s incredibly quick, with a big reward at the end. You’ll get uninterrupted views of the East Shore and South Shore. We highly recommend this quick and easy hike for kids! They’ll love the short distance and rugged lava rock features along the way.
Tahoe Rim Trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail actually lines the entire perimeter of the lake and is compromised of 8 sections that make up the full 165 trail system. These trails are definitely for the serious hiker. With 20+ mile sections, you cover a lot of ground. Springtime is a great to time try one of these trails out. The wildflowers are in full bloom and the trails can be fairly quiet. One of our favorite sections is Tahoe City to Brockway Summit. You can take a break and swim in Watson Lake, check out teh cinder cones and beautiful views of the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe.
Another Tahoe Classic is Eagle Falls. A trip to Tahoe would not be complete unless you see the infamous Emerald Bay, so when you drive down, hop out of your car and take a hike up to Eagle Falls. Since this is a popular one, we recommend hitting this during non-peak times like a midweek day or early morning for easy access to parking.
Ellis Peak is a moderate rated hike that starts out steep and starts to even out after a few miles. Start this hike at the top of Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore for BIG views of Lake Tahoe and stellar wildflower sightings. Brings the pups on this hike! They’ll love to take a dip in the lake at the top.