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.
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.
Dardanelles Lake is a popular, relatively easy hiking and backpacking destination with multiple camping spots only minutes away from South Lake Tahoe.
Weather (Stateline, NV)
- 2:58 PM PST on February 19, 2017
- 4:00 PM PST on February 21, 2017
- 3:30 PM PST on February 19, 2017
- 10:00 AM PST on February 21, 2017
Monday 02/20 100%
Cloudy with rain and snow. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Tuesday 02/21 100%
Cloudy with snow. High 36F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Wednesday 02/22 20%
Mostly sunny skies. High 31F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 02/23 10%
Partly to mostly cloudy. High 28F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 02/24 20%
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 31F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 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)