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Gems in Tahoe National Forest - 4

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gem Favorite Sundown at Penner Lake, Tahoe National Forest.

Penner Lake

(8) Downiev…, CA
gem Favorite Lake Tahoe from the summit of Freel Peak.

Freel Peak Summit

(1) South L…, 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

(4) South L…, CA

Recommended Routes in Tahoe National Forest - 9

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Favorite Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Difficult Difficult

Mount Tallac

9.9 mi 16.0 km 3,266' Up 995.6 m Up 3,266' Down 995.58 m Down

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

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

12.8 mi 20.7 km 1,434' Up 437.09 m Up 1,436' Down 437.71 m Down

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

Horsetail Falls

3.3 mi 5.3 km 646' Up 196.81 m Up 645' Down 196.71 m Down

South L…, CA
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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 Difficult

Ralston Peak

5.7 mi 9.1 km 2,560' Up 780.34 m Up 2,560' Down 780.18 m Down

South L…, CA
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Favorite High Loch Leven Lake in August.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Loch Leven Trail

7.4 mi 12.0 km 1,490' Up 454.09 m Up 1,490' Down 454.2 m Down

Truckee, CA
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Favorite Glen Alpine Falls during near-peak flow with the southwest face of Mount Tallac in the background.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Glen Alpine to Lake Aloha Out and Back

11.9 mi 19.2 km 1,845' Up 562.29 m Up 1,845' Down 562.22 m Down

South L…, CA
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Favorite Enjoy beautiful woodlands along the Crooked Lakes Trail heading toward Penner Lake.
Intermediate Intermediate

Penner Lake

6.4 mi 10.3 km 718' Up 218.86 m Up 719' Down 219.07 m Down

Downiev…, CA
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Favorite Clouds rolling in at Island Lake, Carr/Feely trailhead. Tahoe N.F.
Intermediate Intermediate

Five Lakes Basin

11.5 mi 18.5 km 1,205' Up 367.36 m Up 1,205' Down 367.32 m Down

Downiev…, CA
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Favorite Sunset at Leland Lakes
Difficult Difficult

China Flat to Leland Lakes

8.3 mi 13.4 km 1,424' Up 434.18 m Up 785' Down 239.28 m Down

South L…, CA
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Tahoe National Forest Hiking

  • 257 Miles 414 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 9 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 47 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 19 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Tahoe National Forest - 66

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65.2 mi 104.9 km #1PCT: Echo Lake to Highway 80 (Donner Summit)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
6.5 mi 10.4 km #2Floating Island / Mount Tallac Trail (17E33)
Difficult Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Difficult Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #3Lake of the Woods Trail (#17E11)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
32.8 mi 52.9 km #4TRT: Echo Lakes to Barker Pass
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #5Glacier Lake Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Downieville, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Downieville, CA
2.5 mi 4.1 km #6Sagehen Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
9.8 mi 15.8 km #7Grouse Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
9.1 mi 14.7 km #8Mount Lola Trail #14E08
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
4.7 mi 7.5 km #9Ralston Peak Trail (17E41)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
3.4 mi 5.4 km #10Euchre Bar Trail
Difficult Difficult
Foresthill, CA
Difficult Difficult
Foresthill, CA

Photos of Tahoe National Forest - 465

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Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Oct 28, 2015 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
The final scramble up Pyramid Peak is a doozy.
Jan 8, 2017 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
Spectacular view and you might see two or three others.
Aug 8, 2019 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
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
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