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Tahoe Trails Overview

An overview of Tahoe Trail Guide and the trails it features

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Lake Tahoe Summer Trails

Hiking Trails at Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe Winter Trails

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails at Lake Tahoe

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Backcountry Trip Planning

Articles that will help you plan your next backcountry trip

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Backcountry Trip Documenting

Articles that feature interesting ways of documenting your backcountry experience

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Cross-Country Skiing Explained

Articles and videos about the art of cross-country skiing

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Snowshoeing Basics

Articles and videos about the basics of snowshoeing

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Tahoe Natural History

Articles about Lake Tahoe's plant life and wildlife

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Tahoe Local History

Articles about Lake Tahoe's local history

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Tahoe Trail Guide Store

Buy Tahoe Swag from the Tahoe Trail Guide Store

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Update: Coronavirus & Wildfire

Please note that in the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic environment, traveling into the backcountry is risky. Backcountry travel has the potential to place great and unnecessary strains on emergency medical services. Thru-hikers and other backcountry travelers who happen to be carriers of COVID-19 could pass along the virus to smaller, trail towns that have limited medical services. Also note that most Lake Tahoe businesses and recreation locations are operating under modified conditions (mask wearing requirements, social distancing, take-out only restaurants…). Know before you go (i.e. search online or call) to determine whether or not your intended destination is closed or operating under alternative procedures.

 

The Caldor fire reached Echo Summit on August 29, and entered the Lake Tahoe Basin on August 30th. I was evacuated from my home in Meyers (very close to Echo Summit) on August 29 (until September 11), as well as residents of Christmas Valley. Residents of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline were evacuated in the following days (most of them on August 30). Many of those residents from the Nevada side of Tahoe and those who live in the city limits of South Lake Tahoe were able to start repopulating by September 5. I wasn’t able to go home until September 11. And, Christmas Valley residents were allowed to go back on September 12.

 

As of September 15, the Caldor Fire is at 69% containment, with much of the south shore still in evacuation warning status. Highway 50 is closed, and will continue to be so for a long time. Also, all Forest Service lands and California State Parks (Tahoe) are currently closed due to extreme wildfire risk. So I recommend that you avoid traveling to or through Lake Tahoe right now. Wait until this fire is extinguished completely before visiting. Here’s a list of links regarding the current state of wildfire threat in the Lake Tahoe Basin:

 

Tahoe Trails Overview

Lake Tahoe, on a global scale, is considered a single location. However, we locals refer to places around Lake Tahoe as being on one of the four shores (north, south, east, or west). Believe it or not, you can spend between 3-4 hours driving around the 72-mile circumference of Lake Tahoe depending on traffic, weather, construction, and special events.

So, I’ve categorized all of the hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails as being located in one of those four cardinal categories. See the map on the official Tahoe Trails Overview page for how I’ve defined those areas, as well as how I’ve categorized and tagged the trails featured on this site.