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Lake Tahoe Day Hikes


Lake Tahoe Day Hikes

Lake Tahoe day hikes are some of the best anywhere! There are Tahoe hiking trails for everyone, as our region is packed with well-trekked routes as well as hidden gems that see very little traffic. This page is not intended to be an all inclusive Tahoe hiking guide, but to provide a few recommendations since one of the most common questions asked here at the shop is: Where is a good place to go for a short hike?

Below are a few of our favorite Lake Tahoe day hikes. You can always stop by the shop for more information or to pick up a Lake Tahoe hiking map, a lightweight daypack or a new pair of hiking shoes or boots before you head out on the trail. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place for a hike, but its not without danger. Hikers should not head out on the trail without being prepared and knowing your risks - see our Disclaimer. Also be sure to let someone know your planned route and when you expect to be back just in case. Now get out there and enjoy these easy Tahoe hikes!

You're going to want a Tahoe Trail Map for the miles of trails near and around Lake Tahoe, and we have many useful guides to choose from:

Best Easy Day Hikes - Lake Tahoe
Top Trails Lake Tahoe
Best Easy Day Hiking Guide and Trail Map Bundle
Lake Tahoe Basin Adventure Map
Moon Tahoe Camping & Hiking Guide Book
5 Star Trails Around Lake Tahoe Book
Best Easy Day Hikes - Northern Sierra
National Geographic Lake Tahoe Basin Map
Afoot and Afield Reno Tahoe - A Comprehensive Hiking Guide
Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map and Guide
Tahoe Rim Trail Guide Book - 3rd Edition
Outdoor Family Guide to Lake Tahoe


Echo Lakes Trail An easy, beautiful trail along alpine lakes with an option to cut your hike in half via a boat taxi.
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Skunk Harbor - Lake Tahoe East Shore This is a great short hike that will take you down to a secluded bay on Lake Tahoe's undeveloped East Shore.
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Five Lakes Trail - Alpine Meadows The Five Lakes Trail winds its way up the north side of the Alpine Meadows valley to the beautiful Five Lakes basin.
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Tahoe Rim Trail - Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit The section of the Tahoe Rim Trail from Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit is one of the gems of the Tahoe area.
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Eagle Lake Trail Eagle Lake is a small alpine lake one mile from Emerald Bay.
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Vikingsholm and Emerald Bay This easy hike takes you along Tahoe's most famous bay, Emerald Bay, and to the historic Vikingsholm castle.
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Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake This is a great half day hike that takes you through beautiful alpine meadows and lakes surrounded by 10,000 foot peaks.
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Tahoe Rim Trail - Route 267 to Picnic Rock Right up the street from Tahoe Mountain Sports, the Tahoe Rim Trail crosses route 267 providing easy access to this great trail.
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Pyramid Creek Trail (AKA Horsetail Falls) to Avalanche Lake This hike is not easy, and involves off-trail travel. Well worth the trouble, however. The crowds thin out dramatically the further you go, to the point where you very well could have the lake all to yourself.
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Mt. Rose Trail to Galena Falls All the best parts of hiking Mt. Rose, except the Summit. Skip the extra five miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain to focus on the wildflowers, which are the best part of the hike anyways, when in bloom.
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Ellis Peak via Ellis Lake The Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake trail offers great views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding wilderness. It's not easy, but not the most difficult, either. Hike info here.
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Castle Peak Castle Peak offers beautiful views of multiple alpine lakes, the town of Truckee and the Tahoe Basin. This 5+ mile day hike is a great way to view them.
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