Mount Tallac Trail
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For the brave and adventurous! The most popular hike in South Lake Tahoe. Beautiful and vigorous
Mount Tallac Trail is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There is parking alongside the street. A wilderness permit is required. You must purchase the permit before arriving to the Mt. Tallac Trailhead. Day hikers may pick up the permit at the self-service area. The jewel in the crown of mountains which ring Lake Tahoe, Mount Tallac promises unparalleled views from its summit 9,735ft above sea level. Unparalleled vistas await the Tahoe hiker on a memorable journey to this beautiful peak. This route takes you to the top via the most direct summer route through lush forest, along scenic ridgelines, past small alpine lakes and across blazingly colorful wildflower strewn high-altitude meadows. Sure the 3,500ft elevation gain is greater than you might experience on most day hikes, but both the journey and the destination are worth every single thigh-burning step. The summit is very rocky and can be confusing. Make sure you have a good understanding of your whereabouts so you can easily find your way back down. Sunscreen is a MUST. Totally exposed for long sections. alltrails.com/trail/us/california/mt-tallac-trail
Mount Tallac Trail is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be ke…
One of the most challenging hikes in Lake Tahoe Takes you to the summit of the tallest mountain in the Tahoe basin 10 miles roundtrip Elevation change of 3,225 feet
This is a full day hike to complete the loop. Best to start early in the morning since it takes half a day to reach the top of trail head. Can be modified (turn around early) if you don’t have time for the full loop.
The centerpiece of the Tahoe skyline, Tallac beckons when viewed from the east shore. It's no joke - you need to be fit and prepared - but the views are world-class from the summit. The trail starts steep and pretty much stays steep. Buy a map (or download one to your phone), bring layers, plenty of water, and a hat. And start early!