Close
Gift Card Welcome Lake Tahoe friend!

Can you help us? We are looking for your thoughts on planning a trip to Lake Tahoe in this brief online survey.

Your feedback will assist us in improving our efforts to better serving you, your family and friends.

By completing the survey, you will be entered to win a $100 American Express Gift Card. Your information will be kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only.

Take the Survey Not now Don't ask again
Blog

Stunning scenery along the trails less traveled

Posted in Hiking+Running | June 12, 2013 | By Tahoe South

From the end of May to September, when the trails around Tahoe have more foot traffic, I look for a route that is less crowded and offers great vistas, challenging inclines and plenty of photo opportunities.

On these trails I usually see things I rarely seen on the more popular trails — yellow frogs, black lizards, golden trout, huge white puffy toadstools — which send me scrambling for my camera.

Here are a handful of trails I enjoy– shhh, don’t tell too many people. I prefer the path less traveled.   

Wonderful views of Lake Tahoe from the top of Castle Rock require a short hike (I like to run with my dog in the early morning) through the trees and a little bit of rock climbing. The reward is magnificent if you're versed in technical climbing skills which are necessary to scale the fourth-class rock and to reach the 7,904 foot summit. There is a lower pinnacle nearby which offers similar views with a little scrambling required. To get there, take Highway 207/Kingsbury Grade to North Benjamin Drive. The road turns into Andria Drive. Continue on it until the road ends in a US Forest Service gate. The trailhead is another Forest Service gate downhill (southeast) from the roads end gate. Park and begin the trek. Tip: Be mindful of mountain bikers as some of the trails do get narrow in sections. 

Round Top Lake Trail is a beautiful hike in subalpine forest with stretches of trail above tree line. And has incredible wildflowers in late spring. Bring a swim suit and bug spray because a dip in the lake is so refreshing after working up a sweat. From Highway 88, take the Woods Lake Campground road. The trailhead parking lot will be before the campground.

Trekkers/Backpackers who don’t mind regaining lost elevation will appreciate the Fourth of July Lake semi-loop trip through the northeast section of Mokelumne Wilderness, which includes four bright lakes along the way set into granite bowls, each with fabulous vistas, and nature’s finest flower gardens combine in this not-to-be-missed excursion. Pick up this trail at Carson Pass. Campsite permits must be obtained from the Carson Pass Information Station before starting the hike. No campfires are permitted.

With numerous waterfalls and creeks all over the place, the Grass Lake hiking trail is full of liquid scenery that makes for great photos. This trek along this mellow hike is suitable for all ages, as it doesn’t require much energy, only the desire to experience nature at its finest. Grass Lake sits among granite slopes at 7,000 feet in the Desolation Wilderness. The hike to Grass Lake passes Lily Lake, crosses Glen Alpine Creek and includes several waterfalls and a swimming hole. Weather conditions can change rapidly.

To access the trailhead to Grass Lake, take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left. Trailhead parking is across from Lily Lake.

Where's your favorite off-the-beaten-track trail? 

Jenn works for Weidinger Public Relations and handles all PR efforts for Tahoe South. As a winter enthusiast (she loves other seasons too), Tahoe is the perfect playground for Jenn to combine work with play. Her work for Tahoe South includes working with regional and national media, assisting with promotions and special events for the destination and coordinating media invites and itineraries.



Search
Keyword:

Avalon Lodge 4th Night Free

Save 25% on stays of 4 or more nights this summer.

Details

Americana Village Special Offer

Stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free.*

Details

See more Tahoe South deals
Activity Tickets

Get instant tickets, reservations and information from ActivityTickets.com

V&T Train RidesSki & SnowTrail: Bike & HikeShows & MusicSpecial EventsGolfToursOn the Water
Email Newsletter

Sign up for Tahoe South news, offers, special announcements and more.

First name*
Last name
Email*
Zip Code*
Thank you for subscribing. We are looking forward to keeping you up to date!
Search The Site

Listen to the #TeamSummer jam!

Play
Stop
Mute
So Bright (Random Rab Remix)
by Vokab Kompany
55° Partly Cloudy
Last updated: 6:52 AM
Webcam feeds across Tahoe South Launch
Videos
Twitter

New Blog: Live at Lakeview 2014: Week Four: Woah!  Tahoe was treated to such a killer set from Texan and Gramm... http://t.co/0TqiaoWCV2

1:27 AM - 23 Jul 2014

Congrats on @ACChampionship win, @MarkRypien! http://t.co/Iw8VGyLmAM

12:45 AM - 23 Jul 2014

Looking for #art in South #LakeTahoe? Jack from @FabulousTahoe shares his highlights... http://t.co/r9T8pL92j7

10:01 PM - 22 Jul 2014