Sunrise at Lake TahoeOsprey at Emerald BaySunset at South Camp PeakCross-Country Skiing ExplainedGiant Red PaintbrushCastle Rock at DuskSunrise from Cascade FallsFreel Peak Bathed in Alpen GlowWashoe Meadows State ParkXC Skiing in South Lake Tahoe

Sunrise at Lake Tahoe

Hike the "Tahoe Trifecta" of Freel Peak, Jobs Sister, and Jobs Peak

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Osprey at Emerald Bay

Hike to the Eagle Point Overlook and see osprey flying along the way

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Sunset at South Camp Peak

Hike south of Spooner Summit to South Camp Peak to see amazing panoramic views of Lake Tahoe

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Cross-Country Skiing Explained

Articles explaining various aspects of cross-country skiing for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers

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Giant Red Paintbrush

Articles about finding and identifying Sierra Nevada Wildflowers and other flora of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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Castle Rock at Dusk

Hike the relatively easy trail to Castle Rock, which offers stunning panoramic views of Lake Tahoe

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Sunrise from Cascade Falls

Hike to Cascade Falls to see breathtaking views of Cascade Falls, Cascade Lake, and Lake Tahoe

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Freel Peak Bathed in Alpen Glow

Articles and food for thought about planning your next outdoor adventure

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Washoe Meadows State Park

Hike around 600 acres of wild land in Washoe Meadows State Park

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XC Skiing in South Lake Tahoe

Articles featuring locations in which to cross-country ski on the south shore of Lake Tahoe

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Tahoe Trails


Family Fun Hikes
“Where’s a good place to go hiking?” was the most common question I was asked while working at a backpacking store in South Lake Tahoe. This isn’t surprising, but it could be a challenge to answer when the person asking was standing beside their eight year old son and 80 year old mother. For this reason, I’ve compiled a series of short, family fun hikes to accommodate hikers of all ages. Generally, these short hikes will be five miles or less and will feature 500′ or less of elevation gain. When you’re limited in how far you can hike or how high you can climb or just plain short on time, choose a Family Fun Hike!


Day Hikes
These day hikes are between 5-12 miles long. In my experience, the average hiker doesn’t plan to hike more than a dozen miles in one day.


Multi-day Hikes
The multi-day hikes featured on TahoeTrailGuide.com will generally be longer than 12 miles. I realize that many people, particularly those who are athletically prepared or are used to thru-hikes, can and will cover much more ground in a day. However, for most average hikers and backpackers, 12 miles is considered more than enough for a single day’s worth of hike, so anything longer than that will be categorized on this site as multi-day.




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