There is an encyclopedic number of Tahoe South trails, but we list four that fit a wide range of fitness levels, scenery desires and convenience. Please remember there are no trash services. If you pack something in; pack it out! Dogs can accompany you on some trails as long as they are on a leash. There are no dog waste monitors so please don’t wrap your dog’s muck in plastic.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park is an easy walk from many Stateline area properties and offers a variety of options that fit different ages, fitness levels and goals. There are a limited number of free parking spots available and improved toilets. There’s a fun photo op on the official “stateline” between California and Nevada on the paved road up to the trailhead. Many of the trails have beautiful Lake Tahoe views. One that offers especially good views is only about 20 minutes up the trail, a top huge boulders left over from the last glacial period. The reward for walking 45 minutes over switchbacks is rewarded with a small waterfall and for those that want the big up and down, Van Sickle is a connector to the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Mt. Tallac the signature peak of the South Shore, offers the most unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe outside of the Heavenly Gondola and mid-station observation deck. Getting to the summit and back to your car can be a challenging all day event, but even going part of the way offers rewarding adventures, incredible views, wildflowers, small mountain lakes and lots of interesting geologic formations. Out and back is almost 11 miles and the elevation gain is over 3,000 feet. The trailhead and parking is located off Hwy 89 across from the Baldwin Beach entrance.
The hike to Round Lake via Big Meadow has a short, steep entry and then is flat and rolling with loads of wild flowers. The entry is short enough that smaller children can be carried and the meadow offers awesome child adventures with small trout in the creeks, dragon flies buzzing about and loads and loads of wild flowers. There are big boulders at Round Lake to flop on and enjoy a picnic. The total distance to Round Lake and back is about 6 miles and the elevation gain is about 1200 feet. There are designated parking spaces along Hwy 89.
Walking the Lam Watah Nature Trail offers the opportunity to follow the historic footpath of the Washoe People who lived at Lake Tahoe during summer for thousands of years. It’s an easy, flat walk of just under 3 miles out and back. Strollers and wheelchairs with all terrain tires can traverse it, too. The reward at the end is you’ll find yourself in the sand at Nevada Beach with terrific views of Mt. Tallac and loads of blooming lupines along the way. There are also interpretative signs along the trails with interesting details about the area. Parking is at Kahle Drive off Hwy 50 in Stateline. There are improved toilets available at the parking area.
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