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Hiking trails in Lake Tahoe draw serious and casual hikers to the Sierra Nevada wilderness with extraordinary scenery and a wide variety of hiking options. Lake Tahoe hiking offers everything from a casual outing with the kids to backcountry expeditions.

Hiking the Sierra Nevada by Barry Parr is a popular paperback guide.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a highlight for hiking in Lake Tahoe. This 165-mile loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin has earned a reputation for offering some of the greatest scenery in the country. For information on planning a rim trail hike and choosing from among the five trailhead locations, visit the Tahoe Rim Trail Association site.

The Eagle Falls Trail is rated moderate to strenuous, but the steep sections are worth it once you get into the Desolation Wilderness and take a swim in Eagle Lake to wash off the trail dust. Popular day hike. Wilderness permit is required.

The Mt. Judah Loop Trail puts you on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail with a 4.6 mile loop that offers excellent viewpoints with a moderate difficulty rating. Access is off of Old Highway 40, east of Donner Ski Ranch.

These are just a few to get you started. Other popular hikes include Page Meadows, Rubicon Peak and Shirley Canyon. For details on these and other popular hiking options, see this list of North Lake Tahoe hiking trails, with descriptions of terrain and difficulty.

Enjoy the spectacular views while exploring the miles of hiking trails available in the Lake Tahoe Basin and reward yourself at the end of your trip by coming back to relax in a Lake Tahoe cabin or condo from Goldfish Properties.

Have fun and be safe. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind before setting out on your hike.

10 Tips for Safe Hiking

  • Respect our beautiful and fragile Sierra environment by observing all signs and staying on designated trails and roads. Please do not cut switchbacks. Stay out of any construction or roped off areas.
  • No smoking, please! The fire danger in this area is very high during the summer.
  • Carry along plenty of clean water and a snack or energy bar. Never drink directly from a stream, unless you are proficient with water purification methods.
  • Always bring an extra layer of clothing. Peaks are often cold and windy even on a sunny day, and Sierra Nevada weather is always subject to change.
  • Beware that even on cloudy days it is important to wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses for protection from the high altitude rays.
  • Always let someone know where you are hiking ahead of time and bring a cell phone for emergencies. Never hike alone if you can avoid it.
  • Make sure to check dog regulations ahead of time when bringing your pet hiking with you.
  • Keep an eye out for mountain bikers and horseback riders. Move to the side and let them pass, as you are the most mobile on feet.
  • Please stay off chairlifts and towers. During summer maintenance, lifts may be started without warning.
  • Seek shelter during thunderstorms. Stay off ridge tops and away from tall trees, lift towers, and large rock outcroppings, as they can attract lightning strikes.
  • Leave no trace. Pack out what you packed in.

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