Hoof it in the hills: Where to hike around the Ridge Tahoe
Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to cleanse your lungs with clean mountain air, it’s hiking time at Lake Tahoe.
Make plans this spring and summer to stay The Ridge Tahoe and then spend a few days hiking into the back country along dozens of Lake Tahoe area trail systems. The South Lake Tahoe region is crossed with an extensive network of back country trails that are sure to lead you to your happy place. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe to see if there are any organized hikes planned during your stay.
Here are our top three nearby hikes:
- Heavenly Mountain Resort: 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 down Kingsbury Grade, 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 park is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. There is parking for horse trailers at the day use/parking lot area. This is the only park that crosses into two states, 575 acres of the park is within Nevada and 150 acres in California. The California-side area has accessible wheel chair parking, restrooms, trailhead and picnic tables. The hike gets a steeper and becomes more of a moderate hike about 10 minutes in. You will see views of Mt. Tallac, the South Lake Tahoe casinos, Edgewood Tahoe golf course, to the Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.
- If you are ready for a longer hike then continue beyond the waterfall from the Van Sickle trail and head up to catch the intersecting The Tahoe Rim Trail. This is an extension of the 165-mile long-distance hiking trail which forms a loop around Lake Tahoe. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles of trail above the lake’s west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail. Bring your camera, download some maps, and prepare to spend the day taking in one of Tahoe’s hidden gems.
Where will you hike during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe?