One of the most fascinating areas to explore near Donner Pass is the old railroad tunnels. It’s great for history buffs, archaeologists, and photographers.
A popular hiking trail near South Lake Tahoe is Horsetail Falls. An easy loop takes you along Pyramid Creek and the adventurous can continue to the falls.
If you can’t get a wilderness camping permit, check out the Big Meadow Trailhead. There are multiple camping opportunities, including Round Lake.
The Hay Meadow trailhead offers some great hiking near Lassen National Park – it will take you past dozens of small, beautiful hidden lakes!
Floating Island & Cathedral Lakes are a great intermediate stop to Mt Tallac, or just a final destination for a short South Lake Tahoe hiking trail.
The Twin Lakes hiking trail near Incline Village is a must-do hike after good winters, when these shallow lakes are full of crystal clear emerald water.
The 10-mile Lake Sylvia hike near South Lake Tahoe is a great option for an overnighter, secluded at a scenic lake in Desolation Wilderness.