Day Hikes
Quail Lake 1.5 mi. from Homewood, 0.75 mi. from the end of Meadow Rd. Original list from: tahoe.ceres.ca.gov/usfs/trails.html "Popular Hikes" no longer available
Easy 3-5 mi <1,000 ft elevation change, fairly consistent flat footing.
Moderate 6-11 mi. 1,000-1,800 ft elevation change or steep rock scrambling on some sections.
Strenuous 10-12+ mi. 1,800+ ft. elevation change.
Hike Difficulty Stars‡ dist elev Notes
A&A TAS
Cascade Falls 5 1.4 370 mile to top of falls
Vikingsholm Trail 0.8† 400
Rubicon Trail 4 4.6 400 5 miles along Lake Tahoe
Eagle Rock 1.5 250
Meeks Bay Trail Moderate -4.5 mile to Lake Genevieve, 8 miles to Rubicon Lake
Bayview Trail Strenuous - 1 mile to Granite Lake, 5 miles to Fontanillis Lake
Eagle Falls Moderate -    1 mile to Eagle Lake
                          Strenuous - 4.5 miles to Dicks Lake, Velma Lakes,
                                       5 miles to Fontanillis Lake
Page Meadows              Moderate - wonderful wildflower walk

 Balancing Rock (Bliss SP)
Light House Trail (Bliss SP)
* One way
† A&A - Afoot & Afield Reno-Tahoe
  TAS - Tahoe Adventure Sports

‡ Rating 1-5 at Tahoe Adventure Sports
Climbs
 Elevation Maps
Hikestartendgain/
loss
dist.*localGoogle
Quail Lake628068005200.8 mi.map
Homewood Ski Hill6250788016301.5map
Mt. Ellis (behind Hmwd.)6250874024903.3map
Barker Pk. (Blackwood Pass Rd.)816688787121mapgoogle
Watson Lake f/ Tahoe City 63008424220013.4map
Watson Lake f/ Brockway Smt 8500842422006.8map
Crag Lk. (Meeks Bay Tr.)6250750012504.3map
Rubicon Lk. (Meeks Bay Tr.)6250834020907.3map
Mt. Tallac (from Fallen Leaf)
Toughest hike at Tahoe
6460973532754.6map
Gilmore Lk6560830017403.9map
Mt. Tallac (from Gilmore Lk)8300973514351.8map
Hwy 89 to Vikingsholm62404100.5map
Rubicon Pt. (Calawee Cove) to Vikingsholm (Rubicon Trail)4004.6map
Eagle Lake4002.0map
Freel Ridge (near Luther Pass)8390960012103map
Star Lake (via Freel Ridge)8390960012104.9map
Mt Rose8,84010,7781,93010map,
topo
Winnemucca Lake (near Carson Pass)856389804172.2map
* Distance 1-way

See Also:Donner Summit & W Tahoe Hikes
Maps at: TahoeInfo
Donner Summit Area Trails (and some Tahoe Hikes)

Some of the Highest Peaks
Freel
Rose
Monument
Red Lake
Thimble
Tallac
10,881
10,778
10,067
10,063
9,805
9,735
Snow Valley
Genoa
Granite Chief
Twin Peaks
Ellis
Ward
9,214
9,150
9,050
8,878
8,740
8,637

Mt Rose.
Mount Rose is in Nevada, but it’s the third-highest peak in the Lake Tahoe basin, which sits astride the California–Nevada border. The first two miles of the main route to the top is a gradual dirt road, but expect a strenuous final mile and a half to the summit. The view from the ridge was unbelievable though. We looked west across Truckee to Donner Lake and the mountains surrounding Donner Summit, north to see stretches of I-80 and the reservoirs of Prosser Creek, Boca, and Stampede, and southeast to the south end of Washoe Lake. Row after row of the Sierra Nevada stretched out in a mountain-top vista. Only Lake Tahoe was hidden by the end of the ridge, Relay Peak, still 200 feet above us though we were already at 10,100 ft.
Links:
Hiking and Camping Page
West Shore Info | Hiking and Camping
Popular Short Hikes of Lake Tahoe at TahoesBest.com

last updated 22 Oct 2005