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.

Disclaimer: These Lake Tahoe hiking guides are not intended to be technical in nature.  I am making them to assist you in finding the best Lake Tahoe hikes that fit your ability level, geographic location, and time constraints, and I hope the pictures speak for the trails.  For more technical details about each hike, refer to the “Further Reading” link provided with each hike.


How can I make this guide better?  Do you have any ideas for content, organization, and so on, while we’re in the early stages?  Please use the contact form below.  Thanks!

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.

Latest Additions

California: Middle Velma Lake via Bayview

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)

Winter Weather Advisory

4:09 AM PST on January 19, 2017
10:00 AM PST on January 19, 2017
Snow Showers
Thursday 01/19 60%
Snow Showers
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.
Snow Showers
Saturday 01/21 50%
Snow Showers
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.
Mostly Cloudy
Monday 01/23 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies. High 27F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.


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