A great backpacking trip from Glen Alpine Trailhead to Susie Lake, Heather Lake, Lake Aloha, Lake Gilmore and other small lakes in Desolation Wilderness.
This is a nice short hike to Grass Lake from the Glen Alpine Trailhead into Desolation Wilderness with a view of Grass Lake, Lily Lake, the waterfalls into Grass Lake and a few streams that are required to cross.
Fallen Leaf Lake campground offers spacious campsites, great meadows, a great view of Fallen Leaf Lake and a good point to launch from for other adventures in South Lake Tahoe.
A gorgeous hike above Cascade Lake to Cascade Falls. Granite peaks, Lake Tahoe and snow covered mountains make a perfect backdrop for this hike to cascading waterfalls above Cascade Lake.
A brisk winter walk along the beach of Lake Tahoe from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek offers history, wildlife and great scenery.
Snoswhoeing around frozen Spooner Lake in Nevada was a very scenic and fairly easy trek. Spooner Lake is located a little inland from the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.
A simple but scenic 2+ mile hike encircling Spooner Lake in Nevada-Lake Tahoe State Park.
This is a short, easy hike at elevation to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness from the Glen Alpine Trailhead. Time your trip well or you may experience a lot of snow, flooded trail, and several dangerous river crossings.
Camp Richardson is a resort on the Southwest end of Lake Tahoe off Hwy 89 shortly north of the Y in South Lake Tahoe. They have a general store, restaurant/bar, beach access, and offer camping for RVs and tent campers.
Eagle Falls is a scenic set of subalpine waterfalls from Eagle Creek which flows from Eagle Lake above. Probably best in summer but you can go anytime. Be sure to check out the upper and lower sets to take in all the views.
A great snowshoe trip trailblazing the Rubicon Trail in Emerald Bay down to Vikingsholm, through the Eagle Point Campground. A highly recommended snowshoe trip while in South Lake Tahoe.
We took the longer trail from Eagle Point Campground along Emerald Bay and down into Vikingsholm where we took the paid tour. Very scenic and relatively easy hike. Best in summer.
Several nice short but scenic hikes await at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center area, which serves as parking. We hiked on Pope Beach, the Rainbow Trail – which is a trail about the wildlife and plants in the area, and the Mt. Tallac Historic Trail along old log cabins from the first settlers.
Donner Memorial State Park is a beautiful campground with easy walking access to Donner Lake. The campsites on the outskirts are almost perfect.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 150 mile loop along ridges surrounding Lake Tahoe. One of the easier sections is this hike to Spooner Summit with parking right off Hwy 50 in Nevada beyond the south shore state line.
Fallen Leaf Lake is a very scenic lake SW of Lake Tahoe off Hwy 89, not too far beyond the Y. The campsites are fairly large and private with a nice meadow and short hike to the lake.
Truckee River Regional Park is in Truckee, CA off Highway 80 around Donner Lake. Great 18 hole course which includes the infamous Shanker Trail.
18 holes near the North Shore stateline in North Lake Tahoe, not far off 80. This course offers a good hike, lots of hills and unmatched scenery. Great course.
One of several awesome disc golf courses in Lake Tahoe, the Zephyr Cove disc golf course is located just over the south shore state border in Nevada, offering forest, hills and excellent views of Lake Tahoe and Mt. Tallac to the west. 18 holes. One of the author’s favorites.
Another of Lake Tahoe’s gems, the Bijou disc golf course is a lengthy 27 holer on the California side of South Lake Tahoe a little bit after the Y. Gorgeous scenery but all in all a very flat and dusty course with a ton of evergreens to aggravate the champion in all of us.