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 Storm Warning

2:58 PM PST on February 19, 2017
4:00 PM PST on February 21, 2017

Areal Flood Watch

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.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 02/23 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly cloudy. High 28F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 02/24 20%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 31F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.


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