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.
Webber Lake is rich in history and nature, and was in private hands for 150 years. Recent acquisition by a land trust has just made it open to the public.
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.
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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.
The Granite Lake hike is the shortest excursion into Desolation Wilderness from the Bayview Trail, and offers some amazing views of Lake Tahoe.