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.
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.
The Granite Lake hike is the shortest excursion into Desolation Wilderness from the Bayview Trail, and offers some amazing views of Lake Tahoe.
Just because Lake Tahoe had a historic winter doesn’t mean you can’t do any hiking in the springtime. These hiking trails are usually the first to melt.
Grass Lake, near Luther Pass, is one of the easiest snowshoe trails near South Lake Tahoe. You can make it as long, as short, or as flat as you like.
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.