Best Tahoe Hiking Trails for Beginners
You’ve made it to Tahoe and you’ve checked into the Ridge Tahoe. Now, your first stop may be taking a nap or grabbing food at the Bistro, but your next step should be snagging a map for a local hike! You’ll find an abundance of trails for hikers of all experience levels that’ll take you up granite slopes, near hidden waterfalls and through alpine meadows. Tahoe is truly a hiker’s dream, but for those visitors unaccustomed to strenuous treks, we’ve compiled a few of the best hiking trails for beginners.
A personal favorite of ours is the Castle Rock Trail. It’s two miles round-trip and offers a steady incline throughout the trail. Hikers will take in gorgeous views of the Tahoe region and views of the Ridge Tahoe emerge in the distance. Once hikers reach the appropriately named peak, they’ll experience panoramic views of the lake and its surrounding valleys.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Rim Trail has everything an adventurer could want to be packed in a 6.6-mile round-trip hike. From views of the valley to the lake and towering pine trees, this trail has much to offer novices of any age. It is a great hike for beginners and those seeking a general hike conveniently located in the center of the South Shore.
Hiking in Van Sickle Rim Trail is accompanied by beautiful views. Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
There are numerous small lakes that are accessible via relaxed trails. A favorite lake of many locals and visitors alike is Fallen Leaf Lake. Catch a glimpse of this peaceful lake on the 8.1-mile round-trip loop around the lake. This is also a dog accessible hike, so bring your favorite hiking buddy – but please leave him or her on a leash!
Two well-loved trails in the South shore are Cascade Falls and Eagle Falls . Both trails begin near Emerald Bay with Eagle Falls visible from the highway. These are must-do hikes in the region due to a large amount of snowfall this past year generating literal tons of runoff water.
Eagle Falls pictured during after a very active snow season. Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
If hikers are interested in a leisurely stroll through a blooming meadow, check out the Lam Watah Nature Trail. This trail has a low level of difficulty but offers magnificent views of the Tahoe’s meadows. It also takes you right up along the lake to Nevada Beach for a relaxing and scenic pit stop.
These are just a few of the trails you can experience while staying at the Ridge Tahoe. If you are seeking more adventure and difficulty, download the All Trails app on your phone or find more posts about our favorite hikes in the area. Happy trails!