Cross-country skiing at Big Meadow is totally rewarding when the conditions are right. The loop around Big Meadow is approximately 1.5 miles (depending on how far into the woods you want to ski), the terrain is flat, and the area is… Read More
For similar reasons that I enjoy hiking to Red Lake Peak during the warmer months, I love cross-country skiing to Red Lake Peak in the winter. Those reasons include: ease of access via the north lot of the Carson Pass Sno-Park;… Read More
Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the backcountry adventure you’ve been planning for months or possibly years. But keep in mind that, for better or worse, you’re about to go on a roller coaster ride. Getting off of that ride can… Read More
Tahoe Trail Guide is your online resource for hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the Lake Tahoe region
As an artist, writer, and outdoor enthusiast, I’ve (Jared Manninen) designed Tahoe Trail Guide to be a dynamic, comprehensive, and user-friendly information hub to assist you when planning your hikes, backpacking trips, cross-country ski tours, and snowshoe excursions at Lake Tahoe. I’ve lived at Lake Tahoe since 2005 and, although I don’t know everything about Lake Tahoe, what I do know is quality and comes from direct experience. I agree that there are numerous websites offering suggestions for hiking at Lake Tahoe, but many seem (to me) uninspired, poorly organized, anonymously created, and rely too much on user-generated reviews. These factors, coupled with the lack of sites focusing specifically on lessons about backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe, compelled me to create Tahoe Trail Guide. Some engaging aspects of Tahoe Trail Guide include:
- Trail data that’s organized in a logical manner and easily searchable
- Educational blogs that feature backpacking knowledge, etiquette, and trip planning recommendations
- Articles highlighting the local and natural history of the Lake Tahoe Region
- Inspiring photos and relevant information about the Lake Tahoe Region
- Stories about backcountry experiences by Tahoe locals
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!
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.
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.
My name is Jared “Schoolboy” Manninen, and I’ve hiked thousands of miles and have spent many days and nights outdoors. Some of my more memorable backpacking adventures include thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1999 (southbound), completing a…
The multi-day hikes featured on Tahoe Trail Guide will generally be longer than 12 miles. Most people can cover more ground in a day, but 12 miles in one day is usually plenty for the average hiker and backpacker. Therefore, anything longer than 12 miles will be considered part of a multi-day hike.
These day hikes are between 5-12 miles long. The average hiker doesn’t usually plan to hike more than a dozen miles in one day. Depending on circumstances such as elevation gain, weather, and snow pack some of the longer family fun hikes could be considered day hikes as well. Since the Tahoe region is located in the...
“Where’s a good place to go hiking?” was the most common question Jared was asked while working for a few years 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...
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