Lake Tahoe Travel Guide


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Lake Tahoe Hiking & Nature Walks

Lake Tahoe is home to a number of wonderful areas that are perfect for hiking and nature walks. 

To review our listings of hiking trails and nature walks, please scroll down the page .

For more on Lake Tahoe Parks and Beaches, please scroll down the page or click here >>

For Lake Tahoe Park and Forest Management offices, please click here >>

Lake Tahoe Hiking and Nature Walks

Tahoe Trips & Trails — (Guided Hiking / Backpacking)

P.O. Box 6952, Tahoe City, CA  (530) 583-4506

Tahoe Adventure Company — Guided Summer Adventure Trips

P.O. Box 8536 Tahoe City, CA 96145   (530) 913-9212

They lead high quality adventure travel trips and tours with a focus on experiencing the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, trails and brilliant waters of Lake Tahoe. Some of their specialties include: kayaks, mountain biking, hiking, rock/peak climbing.

Desolation Wilderness Area — Lake Tahoe Area Wilderness Hiking & Camping

United States Forest Service – Eldorado National Forest 100 Forni Rd.,
Placerville, CA 95667  (530) 622-5061

Some of Lake Tahoe’s best day and long distance hiking.  Difficulty levels can vary greatly, so be sure to check out all safety and physical requirements carefully!

Please Visit our Lake Tahoe Camping page and our  Parks and Forests page for more hiking and backpacking information.

Tahoe Rim Trail

Tahoe Rim Trail Association, 948 Incline Way Incline Village, NV 89451    (775)298-0012

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas. This spectacular trail is 165 miles of single-track multiuse trail, winding peak to peak around Lake Tahoe. 

Visit Tahoe Rim Trail’s Web site for excellent resources on day hikes, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  It is by far the best resource for information on the Tahoe Rim Trail. more >>

Parks, Beaches, and Open Space

For more options, please visit our Parks page at by clicking here >>

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

In the winter, the resorts are the ultimate snow skiing destinations, but in the summer, many of the resorts cater to mountain biking, hiking and walks.  more>>

California State Parks Sierra Area Headquarters

Sierra District 530-525-9528 c/o Sierra District PO Box 266

Nevada State Parks Sand Harbor State Park Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

P.O. Box 8867 Incline Village, NV 89452 (775) 831-0494

USDA – Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit  

US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit  35 College Drive  South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150-4500  (530) 543-2600 

USDA – Forest Service El Dorado National Forest  

Supervisor’s Office 100 Forni Road Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-5061 for information   (530) 644-6048

What’s on Tap


Lake Tahoe Festivals & Events:


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival—7/8 – 8/21

North Lake—Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment before you…

Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza—9/4/16 @ 08:30 PM

South Lake—This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes, and designs.

Big Band Jazz Concert at the Sugar Pine Point State Park—9/4/16

West Lake—Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic, low-back chairs, blankets, and be prepared to have fun.

The Great Reno Balloon Race—9/9 – 9/11/16

Reno—This is the 35th year for one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events! It attracts nearly 100 hot air balloons

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.


Top Attractions:

Winter Outdoor Activities  – 2015/16

The ski areas were finally blessed with SNOW! The recent drought took its toll, but finally were seeing some action…

Summer Outdoor Activities – 2016

Lake Tahoe  – In a couple of months, Lake Tahoe will be bursting with outdoor activities!

Desolation Wilderness Area 

Awesome hiking from late spring to late summer. 


For more information on local attractions, click on the Lake Tahoe Attractions or Recreational Activities.



The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. During the summer months, Lake Tahoe is inundated with tourists making driving challenging. Another issue, is the warm summer months are the best to complete road work. This combination can create very long delays in certain sections. Go to to learn about road conditions. 

Yes, It’s Still Water! California’s extreme drought has created some long-term consequences. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing may be impacted. It has also create EXTREME fire conditions, so be sure to check with local authorities about campfire and camp stove regulations.   

The Plague! It sounds medieval, but chipmunks and squirrels around Lake Tahoe can carry the Plague and health officials urge caution. Click here to learn more.

Yellow Jackets! I don’t know why it’s so bad this season, but from Tahoe City south  along the beaches the bees are everywhere! Click here to learn more.


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