Day Hiking in South Lake Tahoe

21st September, 2017

The Best of Lake Tahoe Hiking

South Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to go hunting for views-whether it be mountains, lakes or waterfalls, find the best day hikes in the area here!

Lake Tahoe hiking is plentiful in the fall.  From easy to expert, we have the best hikes in Lake Tahoe.  Whether you want a challenge, a waterfall or a fun family hike here are three of the best South Lake Tahoe hikes to choose from.

Fallen Leaf Lake (Easy) 

Photo: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Fun with friends or family, plus fresh air, that is what we call the perfect day hike.  Whether you want to pick wild flowers or take in majestic views of Mt.Tallac.  Falling Leaf Lake is the perfect place to picnic, explore, and enjoy the great outdoors.  This day hike is around one to three miles round trip and is located between Historic Camp Richardson and Emerald Bay.  Grab your gear and head out on this adventure.

Eagle Falls Trail hike up to Eagle Lake and hike into Desolation Wildnerness (Moderate)

Photo: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Waterfalls, wilderness, and Emerald Bay, no way!  According to TripAdvisor, Eagle Falls Trail is ranked #5 out of ALL the things to do in South Lake Tahoe.  This moderate day hike is less than 2 miles and features Emerald Bay as the backdrop.  This amazing day hike may take your breath away, but only once you see the view from above.  Two words to describe this hike: Pure Bliss.

Mt. Tallac (Hard)

Photo: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

You will have to pack lots and lots of water; plus lots and lots of snacks for this all day hike.  Almost 10 miles out and back, this hike will leave you breathless, seriously!  Once you reach the top, you will feel like you have reached heaven, almost.  According to Tahoe South this is “one of the most challenging hikes at Lake Tahoe, this trail takes you to the summit of the tallest mountain in the Tahoe basin (9,735’).”

Don’t forget your WILDERNESS PERMIT and DO NOT FORGET: WATER, snacks, bug spray, sun block, warm hiking gear and apparel, a first aid kit, A HAT, and your CAMERA.

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