Hikers looking for trails with or without snow can use their sneaks or strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out in the backcountry. Guided tours are available in and around Lake Tahoe or if you want to stick closer to your room, The Ridge Tahoe offers guided snowshoe tours in winter (check with The Ridge Tahoe concierge).
Here are some of our favorite places:
Historic Camp Richardson Resort: With plenty of fair-weather terrain and gentle slopes and grades that winds through the forest, Camp Rich offers a day’s worth of exercise and scenery. Snowshoe rentals (and cross country ski equipment) are available at the Mountain Sports Center. Check with them about moonlight-guided night adventure tours.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from the Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, the the 150-acre park allows for nearby hikes with some spectacular views. Expect easy, moderate and steep climbs along trails that wind their way up, setting the course for some amazing views of the lake, Mt. Tallac and Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.
Fallen Leaf: The trail begins where the road ends with a moderate 5.5 mile roundtrip walk along Angora Ridge Road. Hikers will find themselves in a gentle but strenuous climb for about two miles along the Angora Ridge Lookout. Breathtaking not only lends itself to the pitches upward, but what one sees once they reach the crescendo about a half-mile past the lookout: an off-trail vista where hikers get a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf. Bring a camera.
Spooner Lake Loop Trail: Slightly more than two miles, this is a family-friendly trail with very little changes in elevation. For the more strenuous, Spooner Lake is also a major trailhead for gaining access to the Spooner Backcountry. The backcountry comprises more than 12,000 acres of forested open space with more than 50 trails.
Sierra-at-Tahoe: Pack your snowshoes along with your skis and snowboard and bring them to Sierra-at-Tahoe. The resort maintains three miles of snowshoe trails that wind through scenic hideaways and pristine alpine terrain. Take a self-guided romp through the woods and enjoy the mountain environment. Trails are open depending on the weather.
Where’s your favorite place to hike in the winter?