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592 mi 952 km of trail 26 Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 32 Trails Intermediate Trails 101 Trails Hard Trails 23 Trails
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Gems in Tahoe National Forest - 3

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gem Favorite Sundown at Penner Lake, Tahoe National Forest.

Penner Lake

(7) Downiev…, CA
gem Favorite Lower Glen Alpine Falls early morning, just off the road before the trailhead. Popular tourist spot.

Lower Glen Alpine Falls

(3) South L…, CA
gem Favorite Ropi Lake Sunset

Ropi Lake

(2) South L…, CA

Hikes in Tahoe National Forest - 26

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Favorite Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Difficult

Mount Tallac

9.9 mi 16.0 km • Out and Back • 3,266 ft Ascent 995.6 m Ascent

(51) South L…, CA
Favorite Pyramid Peak with Lake Aloha in the foreground.
Intermediate

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

12.8 mi 20.7 km • Loop • 1,434 ft Ascent 437.09 m Ascent

(29) South L…, CA
Favorite Spectacular view and you might see two or three others.
Difficult

Pyramid Peak - Rocky Canyon Trail

6.5 mi 10.5 km • Loop • 3,915 ft Ascent 1193.24 m Ascent

(21) South L…, CA
Favorite Stream crossings during extremely high water level period. Waterfall flowed down from Peak 8417 and flooded forest.
Intermediate/Difficult

Horsetail Falls

3.3 mi 5.4 km • Out and Back • 682 ft Ascent 207.94 m Ascent

(22) South L…, CA
Favorite New sign installed to alert hikers to the challenge ahead.
Difficult

Shirley Canyon Trail

5.8 mi 9.4 km • Out and Back • 1,899 ft Ascent 578.74 m Ascent

(19) Sunnysi…, CA
Favorite The summit of Rubicon Peak offers phenomenal views out over Lake Tahoe!
Difficult

Rubicon Peak

3.6 mi 5.9 km • Loop • 2,087 ft Ascent 636.21 m Ascent

(8) Tahoma, CA
Favorite You have to go thru this to get to the loop.
Intermediate

Mt. Judah Loop

5.6 mi 9.1 km • Loop • 1,228 ft Ascent 374.37 m Ascent

(19) Truckee, CA
Favorite Love Mt. Ralston, 90% dirt trail, lots of shade, well marked and maintained route. Lots of back for the buck on this hike a  surprisingly spectacular view. You won't be disappointed.
Difficult

Ralston Peak

5.8 mi 9.3 km • Loop • 2,617 ft Ascent 797.59 m Ascent

(17) South L…, CA

Trails in Tahoe National Forest - 130

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65.2 mi 104.9 km #1PCT: Echo Lake to Highway 80 (Donner Summit)
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
65.2 mi 104.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.5 mi 4.0 km #2Eagle Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
2.5 mi 4.0 km South Lake Tahoe, CA 18 
7.8 mi 12.5 km #3DLRT (Donner Lake Rim Trail): Castle Valley to Donner Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
7.8 mi 12.5 km Truckee, CA
4.9 mi 7.9 km #4Star Lake Trail
Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Difficult
4.9 mi 7.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #5Glacier Lake Trail
Intermediate
Downieville, CA
Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.9 km Downieville, CA
6.5 mi 10.4 km #6Floating Island / Mount Tallac Trail (17E33)
Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Difficult
6.5 mi 10.4 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
5.6 mi 9.0 km #7Western States Trail
Difficult
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
Difficult
5.6 mi 9.0 km Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Martis Peak Road (16N92)
Intermediate
Kings Beach, CA
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Kings Beach, CA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #9Lower Eagle Falls Trail
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.3 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
8.2 mi 13.2 km #10Hole In The Ground Trail
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
8.2 mi 13.2 km Truckee, CA
4.9 mi 7.8 km #11Armstrong Pass Trail
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
4.9 mi 7.8 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.8 mi 4.5 km #12Wrights Lake Bypass
Very Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Very Difficult
2.8 mi 4.5 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #13Stanford Rock Summit
Difficult
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
3.2 mi 5.2 km #14Twin Lakes Trail #16E12
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
3.2 mi 5.2 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
23.0 mi 37.1 km #15TRT: Kingsbury to Big Meadow
Intermediate
Kingsbury, NV
Intermediate
23.0 mi 37.1 km Kingsbury, NV
10.4 mi 16.8 km #16TYT: Meeks Bay Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tahoma, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
10.4 mi 16.8 km Tahoma, CA
18.1 mi 29.1 km #17TRT: Big Meadow to Echo Lake
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
18.1 mi 29.1 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #18Cascade Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km South Lake Tahoe, CA 11 
9.8 mi 15.8 km #19Grouse Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
9.8 mi 15.8 km Truckee, CA
32.8 mi 52.9 km #20TRT: Echo Lakes to Barker Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
32.8 mi 52.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA

Photos of Tahoe National Forest - 378

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Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Oct 28, 2015 near South L…, CA
Top of Mount Tallac. One of my all-time favorites. Spectacular view I think it's the best in the Tahoe basin
Aug 8, 2019 near South L…, CA
Spectacular view and you might see two or three others.
Aug 8, 2019 near South L…, CA
The final scramble up Pyramid Peak is a doozy.
Jan 8, 2017 near South L…, CA
On trail to Showers Lake with views of Big Meadow Creek area and South Lake Tahoe!
Feb 4, 2016 near South L…, CA
Pyramid Peak with Lake Aloha in the foreground.
Sep 10, 2017 near South L…, CA
Stream crossings during extremely high water level period. Waterfall flowed down from Peak 8417 and flooded forest.
Apr 8, 2018 near South L…, CA
Love Mt. Ralston, 90% dirt trail, lots of shade, well marked and maintained route. Lots of back for the buck on this hike a  surprisingly spectacular view. You won't be disappointed.
Aug 18, 2019 near South L…, CA