Hike Date: September 9, 2010
Distance: ~ 8 miles
Trail(s): Rainbow Trail, Mt. Tallac Historic Trail, Pope Beach
Where’s it at? Southwest side of Lake Tahoe off hwy 89 (not far from the Y)


Taylor Creek visitor center has a few fairly short but cool trails and is a great stop if you have some time while in South Lake Tahoe. It’s also on the way to Emerald Bay destinations and is close to Camp Richardson.

One neat thing to do here is hike the short Rainbow Trail, which has a Stream Profile Chamber allowing you to view the natural wildlife in the creek including Salmon and trout. The whole trail is very scenic and offers stunning views of Mt. Tallac to the west.

Another great trail is the Tallac Historic Site Trail which takes you through the history of the region and includes a number of neat log cabins and the site of an old Lodging site which was a popular Lake Tahoe destination in it’s early years.

During winter months the parking lot and visitor center are closed and the area serves as a cross country skiing and snowshoeing destination.

Photos from Hiking the Taylor Creek Area (click to enlarge)

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Directions to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center


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