Trip Advice: Tahoe Region

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Trip Advice: Tahoe Region

Post by scottg1178 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:12 pm


The family and I are taking a trip up to Tahoe this summer and since we are avid hikers we will be doing plenty of hiking. We are staying in Tahoe Donner where there are numerous small trails that we hike every year but this year we would like to explore some other areas. There are two types of hikes I am looking for: 1) Family Oriented hike (two young children) and 2) one of longer distance with my wife.

Level: Both of us are in great shape and hike on a regular basis

Family Hike (easy-moderate) 4-6 miles round trip.
Adult Hike (easy-strenuous) 7-10 miles round trip


Trail Hiking
River crossing ok

Main Interest:


Hiking to or around a lake is a big interest.. A loop would be ideal but not always neccesary. I like to fish so somewhere to throw my pole in would be helpful. I am trying to avoid a long drive to the trailhead so nothing to far out of the way please.

I'm looking in the areas such as South Lake Tahoe, West Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe, Donner, and the Truckee/Tahoe City area.

Thanks in advance for your help,


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Re: Trip Advice: Tahoe Region

Post by balzaccom » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:31 am

We have a list of hikes on our website under destinations: a whole section of highway 80 and one on Highway 50. From Tahoe, you can easily access the hikes around DOnner Pass...but I would look at Velma Lake/Eagle Falls. If you drive to Carson Pass you can also enjoy Winnemucca Lake and that area, or Granite Lake...those are shorter.

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Re: Trip Advice: Tahoe Region

Post by TahoeJeff » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:20 am

I would take a look at Five Lakes in Granite Chief Wilderness accessed from the Alpine Meadows area. Farther south are Lake Genevieve, Crag Lake, etc. out of Meeks Bay. There are also a couple of great little lakes in the Emerald Bay area: Eagle Lake from the Eagle Falls TH and Granite form Bayview TH.
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Re: Trip Advice: Tahoe Region

Post by Tollermom » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:09 pm

I'm fond of Dardanelles Lake on Luther Pass and as mentioned before Winnemucca Lake off Carson Pass for nice easy hikes.

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Re: Trip Advice: Tahoe Region

Post by sierraholic » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:14 am

I second the hikes off Luther Pass (Dardanelles and Round Lakes) and Carson Pass (Winn. and Round Top Lakes). Also, the various hikes in Desolation Wilderness out of Echo Lakes and Glen Alpine trailheads are awesome (could be crowded; to be expected around Tahoe). Since these are both out and back type trailheads, you can shorten or lengthen your trip to suit your group. You can hit lakes like Ralston or Grass Lake quickly, or trek to Lake of the Woods, Aloha, Susie, Gilmore, etc. for a long adult hike. Have fun!
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