Delight Your Inner Naturalist

See Lake Tahoe from New Heights

Hike up glacier-carved granite slopes, find hidden waterfalls, top out on summit peaks, and discover alpine meadows painted with wildflowers. South Lake Tahoe boasts an extensive network of backcountry hiking trails that is sure to lead to your happy place.

Hikers enjoying the view on the top of Mt Tallac EmeralHikers enjoying the views of Emerald Bayd Bay Lake Tahoe Hikers on Van Sickle Trail


Hiking in South Lake Tahoe

Whether your spirit animal is more Instagram influencer than John Muir, you’ll find your perfect hike in South Lake Tahoe.

Spend a week backpacking through Desolation Wilderness, or just go day-tripping with a picnic on a short trail that leads to a killer view. Lake Tahoe has hiking trails for the hardcore and weekend warrior alike, from spring wildflowers to fall colors. Looking for something more? Get your forest cowboy on, with miles of equestrian-friendly trails, including the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail.

In winter, show the cold who’s boss by strapping on some snowshoes and clambering up the same trails. You’ll be rewarded with snowy solitude and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at its most serene.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

John Muir

It’s a cold cloudy day. ⛅
The temperature is 34°F.
Ready to bundle up & play?

Recreate Responsibly

It’s hard to deny that this is an amazingly breathtaking [insert your superlative of choice here] place. Part of what makes it so spectacular is its pristine beauty. But the only way it can stay that way is if you take care. That means pack out your trash (including that tissue that fell out of your pocket), leave no trace (that means plastic water bottles, too), and remember that other folks want to enjoy the same stunning trails, views, and vistas that you do.

Sunrise from Eagle Fall Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

Top 5 Waterfalls Around South Lake Tahoe

If you’re not the type to listen to TLC, then read on. Lake Tahoe is home to a multitude of dramatic waterfalls that are at their best during the spring and summer. .


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