Lake Tahoe Hikes
(my latest project, started April 2015)
Hiking icon indicates day hike, tent icon indicates overnighters or day hikes best done as overnighters, and blue snowshoeing icon is for winter hikes.
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Recommended trail map: Lake Tahoe Basin Trail Map
Waterproof, tear proof, and highly detailed. $11.99. Covers Fourth of July Lake to the south, and all the way north to Stampede Reservoir. Always in my pocket.
Grass Lake, near Luther Pass, is one of the easiest snowshoe trails near South Lake Tahoe. You can make it as long, as short, or as flat as you like.
Hiking to the Velma Lakes is one of the more popular destinations in the Desolation Wilderness. Here’s how you can find Upper, Middle, and Lower Velma.
Weather (Stateline, NV)
- 4:09 AM PST on January 19, 2017
- 10:00 AM PST on January 19, 2017
Thursday 01/19 60%
Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 31F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snowfall around one inch.
Friday 01/20 100%
Periods of snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches. Much stronger wind gusts expected over ridges.
Saturday 01/21 50%
Snow showers early. Peeks of sunshine later. High 31F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Sunday 01/22 100%
Cloudy with snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 5 to 8 inches of snow expected.
Monday 01/23 20%
Mostly cloudy skies. High 27F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Hikes by Distance
Chimney Beach (0.7 miles)
Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop (1.3 miles)
Eagle Falls & Eagle Lake (1.5 miles)
Cascade Falls (2 miles)
Spooner Lake Loop (2 miles)
Glen Alpine Springs (2 miles)
Skunk Harbor (3 miles)
Five Lakes Trail (4 miles)
Round Top & Winnemucca Lakes Loop (4.5 miles)
Mount Judah Loop (4.6 miles)
Dardanelles Lake (7.8 miles)
Loch Leven Lakes (8 miles)
Ophir Creek to Price Lake (8 miles)
Marlette Lake via N. Canyon (9 miles)
Castle Peak (9.6 miles)
Mt. Rose Summit (10 miles)
Tahoe Rim Trail: Spooner to South Camp Peak (10 miles)
Velma Lakes (10.2 miles)
Star Lake (11.2 miles)
Freel Peak (14.2 miles)
Marlette Lake via Tunnel Creek (15 miles)
Hikes by Difficulty
Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop (Easy)
Chimney Beach (Easy)
Cascade Falls (Easy)
Eagle Falls & Eagle Lake (Easy)
Spooner Lake Loop (Easy)
Glen Alpine Springs (Easy)
Skunk Harbor (Moderate)
Five Lakes Trail (Moderate)
Dardanelles Lake (Moderate)
Mount Judah Loop (Moderate)
Round Top & Winnemucca Lakes Loop (Moderate)
Tahoe Rim Trail: Spooner to South Camp Peak (Moderate)
Marlette Lake via N. Canyon (Moderate)
Star Lake (Moderate)
Ophir Creek to Price Lake (Moderate)
Mt. Rose Summit (Moderate)
Loch Leven Lakes (Moderate)
Marlette Lake via Tunnel Creek (Moderate)
Velma Lakes (Moderate)
Freel Peak (Moderate to Difficult)
Castle Peak (Difficult)