When you’ve settled into your room at The Ridge Tahoe, you might wish to do some exploring of the South Lake Tahoe area. And there’s no better way than to put on a pair of hiking shoes, pack plenty of water, and set out for some trail exploring.
The South Lake Tahoe region is crossed with an extensive network of back-country trails that will lead you to a happy place. You can also check with the staff of Ridge Tahoe to see if there are any organized hikes planned during your stay.
Heavenly Mountain Resort: If what you want is a hike with a view, then Heavenly is where it’s at. You can take the Gondola and Tamarack Express chair up 9,800 feet to access some of Tahoe’s most scenic and highest hiking trails. Heavenly offers trail options from beginner to expert, so you can’t go wrong.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from the Ridge Tahoe, the park allows for nearby hiking with some great views. You can take this easy to moderate hike up to a small waterfall in about 20 to 30 minutes at a moderate pace. The lower level of the trail is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings. The hike gets a steeper and becomes more of a moderate hike about 10 minutes into the hike. You will see views of Mt. Tallac, the South Lake Tahoe casinos, Edgewood Tahoe golf course on up to the Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance. If you are ready for a longer hike then continue beyond the waterfall and head up to the Tahoe Rim Trail. It is a 3.6 mile hike from the start of the trail head to where it meets up with the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Glen Alpine Trail head: Glen Alpine is a great trail head with lots of options depending on your time constraints or fitness level. There is a waterfall (better in spring – think melting snow), more than a few alpine lakes, and you really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere pretty quickly. In fact, you kind of are – they don’t call it Desolation Wilderness for nothing. Fill out a permit and attach it to your backpack – it lets the Forest Service know how traveled our trails are.
Mt. Tallac: Providing a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Desolation Wilderness, this strenuous hike is well worth the effort. It’s recommended you head out early to allow plenty of time for your trip. This is a popular hike so you will see other hikers during the peak season of summer.
A wilderness permit is required. Day hikers, pick up your permit at the self-serve area at the trail head Overnight hikers will need an overnight permit for Desolation Wilderness. This permit must be purchased before you get to the Mt. Tallac trail head.
What’s your favorite Lake Tahoe hike?