Hiking the Trails of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe camping offers some of the most memorable trails and camp spots in the whole world. The fabulous and powerful mountains of the High Sierras surround one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, drawing campers, hikers and bikers from all over the globe to experience this jewel of a vacation spot. Let’s take a brief look at the hiking and camping in the region:

The Lake Tahoe Rim Trails, north and south, both allow views of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. These hikes are both moderate in difficulty, at an elevation of about 8,500 feet.

Marlette Lake is a fish hatchery at an elevation of about 8,000 feet. Hiking up the Spooner Lake Trailhead in the Nevada State Park will take you through lovely, aspen-filled North Canyon to Marlette Lake Dam. This hike is also of moderate difficulty.

The State Lookout hike is an easy one, at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and only a mile roundtrip. The Lookout affords superior lake views through free telescopes and you can take the nature trail which details the history of Lake Tahoe’s famous North Shore. Turn north on Reservoir Drive off off Highway 28.

Another short and easy hike, on Lake Tahoe’s south shore, is the Moraine Trail. Its elevation is about 6,000 feet and the hike is 2 miles roundtrip and fairly flat. It winds through the forest and along the Fallen Leaf Lakeshore and then on into Fallen Leaf Campground. Find it about three miles north of Highway 89 from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Road.

This is just a smattering of trail descriptions for you to see some of Lake Tahoe’s wonderful trails. Don’t forget to research the weather and your permits… and that campfires are not allowed.

Happy hiking!