Top 10 Beautiful Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails to do this Fall

Top 10 Beautiful Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails to do this Fall

By: Ellen Arnold Comments: 2

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe from Eagle Falls TrailName: DL Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay (the Rubicon Trail)

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 7.3

Dog Friendly: No

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 1,158 ft

Location: South Lake Tahoe | Google Map

Description: This well-maintained trail connects DL Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay State Park offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. The terrain is relatively flat, making it a great hike for kids. Note that dogs are not allowed on this trail.

More Info: DL Bliss California Parks Page

Desolation Wilderness HikesName: Desolation Wilderness-Middle Velma Lake Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 8.2

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 2,263 ft

Location: South Lake Tahoe | Desolation Wilderness Google Map

Description: This is a pleasant hike with a picturesque alpine lake setting. The trail starts out with great views of Eagle Falls and mountain terrain.

More Info: Desolation Wilderness All Trails Info

Mount Rose HikesName: Mt Rose

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 10.6

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 2,444

Location: North Lake Tahoe | Mt Rose Google Map

Description: Despite its 2,400 foot elevation gain, the hike to the summit of Mt Rose is relatively moderate and quite pleasant in the fall. After crossing Galena Creek the hike becomes a bit more challenging but it's well worth the views from the top.

More Info: Mt Rose All Trails Info

Mt Judah TrailName: Mt Judah

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 5.1

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Loop

Elevation Gain: 1,312 ft

Location: Near Truckee, CA | Mt Judah Google Map

Description: This moderately difficult loop trail is a good mix of gentle grades with a few steep sections and offers great views of Donner Lake and surrounding peaks, as well as gorgeous wildflowers.

More Info: Donner Summit Historical Society

Mt Lola TrailName: Mt Lola

Difficulty: Difficult

Miles: 12.3

Dog Friendly: YES

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 2,555 ft

Location: Near Sierraville, CA | Mt Lola Google Map

Description: This hike is a moderate climb upward through trees and beautiful meadows of wildflowers, along Cold Stream to the top of Mt Lola (the highest peak in the Tahoe National Forest). Stunning views of the Sierra Divide can be taken in from the summit.

More Info: Mt Lola Forest Service Info

Watson Lake TrailName: Brockway Summit to Watson Lake (Watson Lake Trail)

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 13.4

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 1,450

Location: North Lake Tahoe | Brockway Summit Google Map

Description: This section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is a challenging climb with areas of steep terrain. There are great lookout points to take in the beauty of Lake Tahoe. As you pass through fields of wildflowers and by several streams you will be met with breathtaking views

More Info: Tahoe Rim Trail

Cold Stream TrailName: Upper Coldstream Canyon Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 4.6

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 734

Location: Near Truckee, CA at Donner Memorial State Park | Google Map

Description: This rather relaxing hike is short and sweet, perfect for a quick afternoon hike. It's a popular cross-country ski trail when the snow hits.

More Info: Coldstream Canyon Info

Mt Tallac TrailName: Mt Tallac

Difficulty: Easy from trailhead to Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake (approx 3.5 miles) from there to the summit is rated as difficult

Miles: 10.2

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 3,418

Location: South Lake Tahoe | Mt Tallac Google Map

Description: Mt Tallac is Lake Tahoe’s highest peak and the summit is the very best spot to take in panoramic views of the Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, Desolation Wilderness and surrounding peaks. It is a favorite among hikers. with terrain that is quite challenging in some areas, but well worth every strenuous step.

More Info: Mt Tallac Forest Service Info

Five Lakes TrailName: Five Lakes Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Miles: 4.7

Dog Friendly: Yes

Route Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 1,151

Location: Near Alpine Meadows, CA | Five Lakes Trail Google Map

Description: The Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness, so it tends to be busy. But don’t let that deter you from exploring the beautiful terrain and a relaxing lake.

More Info: Five Lakes Trail Info

Stateline Fire Lookout TrailName: Stateline Fire Lookout

Difficulty: Easy

Miles: 1.5

Dog Friendly: YES

Route Type: Loop

Elevation Gain: 301 ft

Location: South Lake Tahoe | Stateline Fire Lookout Google Map

Description:  Once a fire lookout, this short, easy hike offers beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. There are some side trails to explore, a granite patio, free telescopes and benches to enjoy the view, as well as a short self-guided nature trail located near the lookout.

More Info: Stateline Forest Lookout Forest Service Info

Comments (2)

Posted on 2023-12-07 13:09:41
Your curated list of the top 10 hiking trails around Lake Tahoe for the fall season is a nature lover's dream! The vibrant foliage and crisp air make these trails even more enticing. Thanks for sharing these beautiful recommendations!
Dulce Bautista
Posted on 2019-10-16 13:58:33
Great pics and article. Which trail is the one for the landscape photo at the top?
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