Hiking and Backcountry Skiing
around Lake Tahoe
The hiking in the Tahoe Basin
and nearby is some of the best in the world. Peaks are plentiful for
the bagging, but the destination may also be one of the many lakes or
waterfalls that dot the landscape. Here are links to some of the more
popular hikes, as well as some of my favorites.
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Carson Pass/Highway 88 Area
Top/Carson Pass area - Huge wilderness area off Highway 88.
Spur to Thunder Mountain - Nice trail to great scenery off
- Also an entry point to the Round Top/Mokelumne Wilderness
Peak - Great scenic skiing.
Lake Peak - Easy access from highway 88
on the Edge - Back side of Round Top/Sisters
Peak - The shortest of the Ten Grand club.
Basin/Melissa Coray Peak From Kirkwood.
Bowl to Silver Lake - From Kirkwood.
- Unique swimming holes. Great for
to Echo/Showers Lake - Hike along portions of the Tahoe Rim
Trail and the PCT
West Shore /Desolation Wilderness
Peak - 6,000' from the valley floor to the peak.
Tallac - The old standby on the South Shore.
Lake - Under the shadow of Tallac
Crag - Hike of a dozen lakes
Lake - Beautiful day hike into Desolation Wilderness
Peak - Outstanding Lake Tahoe views on this tour.
Peak - There are no easy options here.
Peak - Nice consistent hike to great views.
- Straight up and up to a nice lake.
Lakes - Short and sweet. Great
Creek - Interpretive trails or rugged hike. Great for Kids!
Leaf Lake - Short hike to the North Shore. Great for Kids!
Truckee River - More information about the river than about
Falls - If Risk=Reward you'll get lots of both here.
Falls - Also takes you to Vikingsholm. Great
Bay - Vikingsholm - Also takes you to lower Eagle Falls. Great
Harbor - Short hike to a secluded east shore beach. Great for Kids!
Alpine Falls - No hiking necessary, but it's there if you
Peak - From Angora Lakes this is a great way to spend a short
Flagpole Peak - Awesome backcountry skiibg and rewarding summer hike.
Carson Range/East Shore
Peak - Tallest on the South Shore.
Sister - A look at a visit from Monument Peak
Peak to Gardnerville - 5,000 foot vertical of untracked.
Peak - A South Shore hidden gem.
Peak - South Shore favorite. Easy access in and out.
Rose - Longish hike from Mount Rose summit (the road).
Peak - Long skin in to not much terrain.
Peak - Easy skin in to a safe tour.
Buttes - North of Truckee off Yuba Pass. Stunning views all
along the hike.
Dana - Hopefully the first of many Yosemite hikes.
Whitney - Wow!!! That's all I can say.
Mount Conness - Beautiful area on the edge of Yosemite. Accessed from
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