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Mount Tallac

 4.8 (26)

Length


9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


3,266' 996 m

Ascent

-3,266' -996 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

9,712' 2,960 m

High

6,446' 1,965 m

Low

Shared By Mark Bradley

Conditions


Minor Issues 31 days ago
Snowy: One nasty spot around ~8900 feet is in a section that's quite difficult to begin with - be careful coming down! History

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An excellent hike with lots of variety and stunning views.

Mark Bradley

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly The first half of the trail is relatively tame with great views, and it passes by two ponds that are great for swimming.

Overview

The route follows a ridge along the west side of Fallen Leaf Lake, before wrapping around to reach the summit of Mt. Tallac from the south. The trail offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the nearby peaks, a variety of terrain, and two swimming opportunities in small ponds along the way.

Need to Know

The second half of the trail offers very little shade. A day-use permit is required and can be picked up for free from the box at the trailhead.

Description

The trail is well-marked and fairly obvious except for at the very top.

Pick up your permit at the trailhead, and follow the trail along the ridge by Fallen Leaf Lake, enjoying the views of Lake Tahoe and Mt Tallac. The trail will pass Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake, which offer good opportunities for taking breaks and soaking your feet (or whole body!)

After Cathedral Lake, the trail turns west and becomes more exposed. Watch your footing on the switchbacks winding up the scree field, and enjoy the views of Jack's Peak and the surrounding area when you top-out.

The remainder of the trail winds through alpine meadows and eventually ends at the summit. If you stop at the top for lunch, you're sure to make some furry friends, so watch your food! The views from the summit are definitely worth stopping to take in.

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Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Zabel
Jul 6, 2018
Jake Swisher
Jun 19, 2018
Elizabeth O.
Still snowy in a few places, but otherwise glorious! 9.9mi — 7h 30m
Jun 9, 2018
Yuxi Zhang
7.6mi
May 26, 2018
Robert Mahaffey
May 6, 2018
Jessica Mutschler
Mar 31, 2018
Katherine Sjoberg
Dec 23, 2017
Christopher Nicolet
Christmas hike, beginning portion of Tallac trail with views of Fallen Leaf Lake. 4.3mi

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  4.8 from 26 votes

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  4.8 from 26 votes
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