Best Hikes Around Lake Tahoe

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HIKING LAKE TAHOE

This week from Gemme Group Studios we touch base on our favorite hikes all around Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada. Below is our top recommended hikes and if you have a favorite that we should add, comment below!

Tahoe Rim Trail (all)

  • Difficulty Level: Hard
  • 169.4-mile loop

Explore this 169.4-mile loop trail near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 77 h 40 min to complete. This is a popular trail for backpacking, camping, and hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The best times to visit this trail are July through September. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. More Details   Stanford Rock

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • 10.6-mile loop

Explore this 10.6-mile loop trail near Tahoe City, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 9 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. More Details  

Eagle Rock

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • 0.7-mile out & back

Get to know this 0.7-mile out-and-back trail near Homewood, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 26 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details  

Fire Lookout

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • 1.7-mile loop

Try this 1.7-mile loop trail near Crystal Bay, Nevada. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 48 min to complete. This is a very popular area for trail running and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are May through October. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details  

Mount Rose

  • Difficulty Level: Hard
  • 10.7-mile loop

Get to know this 10.7-mile loop trail near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 35 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, horseback riding, and snowshoeing, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are May through October. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details

WATERFALL HIKES

Shirley Canyon

  • Difficulty Level: Hard
  • 5.8-mile out and back

Experience this 5.8-mile out-and-back trail near Olympic Valley, California. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 44 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are June through October. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details  

Eagle Falls

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • 0.6-mile loop

Head out on this 0.6-mile loop trail near South Lake Tahoe, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 19 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are May through September. More Details  

Cascade Lake

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • 1.4-mile out & back

Head out on this 1.4-mile out-and-back trail near South Lake Tahoe, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 40 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are May through September. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. More Details

ALPINE LAKE HIKES

Marlette Lake

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • 5.8-mile loop

o Head out on this 5.8-mile out-and-back trail near Carson City, Nevada. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 22 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and mountain biking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are June through October. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details  

Five Lakes

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • 5.0-mile out & back

Enjoy this 5.0-mile out-and-back trail near Olympic Valley, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 36 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and horseback riding, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are June through October. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details  

Lake Aloha

  • Difficulty Level: Hard
  • 12.5-mile out & back

Check out this 12.5-mile out-and-back trail near Echo Lake, California. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 33 min to complete. This is a very popular area for backpacking, camping, and fishing, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are June through October. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. More Details  

Fallen Leaf

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • 3.6-mile out & back

Get to know this 3.6-mile out-and-back trail near South Lake Tahoe, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 10 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, snowshoeing, and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. More Details  

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