Lake Tahoe West Shore Hiking and Camping
    Campgrounds       Contacts
Lists at: HighSierra
State Parks:
Reservations: 1-800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica
(D.L. Bliss, Sugar Pine Point, Emerald Bay, Donner Memorial, Tahoe SRA)
Proposed Burton Creek Near Tahoe City
Forest Service Campgrounds: Reservations 1-800-280-2267
Forest Service Links: Contacts, Permits
Forest Service: Tahoe, Humboldt-Toiyabe, Eldorado and Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU)
Map at ReserveAmerica.
NW & SW Tahoe maps here.
See also Beaches
Meeks Bay
Has Restrooms, Picnic Areas, Firepits, Boat Launch, Sandy Beach
Kaspian Recreation Area
Has Restrooms, Picnic Areas, Firepits, Campsites Across the Highway.
William Kent Campground
Has Restrooms, Picnic Areas, Firepits, Rocky Beach, Sunbathing.
Chambers Lodge/Beach
Sunbathing, swimming, and picnicing.
One mile south of Homewood on Hwy. 89.
Access is limited to foot or bicycle traffic only, no public parking is available.

Bear Etiquette

        Hiking         See Contacts Page for Tel. #s        
Popular Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails at the USFS,
Day Hike List here
Donner Summit Area Trails (and some Tahoe Hikes)
Homewood and Tahoma Recreation Trails
Tahoe Rim Trail at,
Forest Service Links: Contacts, Permits
Sierra Outdoor Recreation
Tahoe Forest trips at GORP
Tahoe Trips at GORP
Lake Tahoe Hiking (West Shore Trails)
Hikes at Vac Guide
Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Natl. Forest at Gorp Pacific Crest Trail Association,

American Trails - Calif. Page,
Guided trips:
Tahoe Trips and Trails

Trail Maps:
Topo (Topographic) maps, originated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps came in several sizes 7.5 min. (1:24,000 - 1" = 0.38 mi. ) (these are more detailed and recommended for hikers) and 15 min. (1:62,500 - 1" = 0.99 mi. & 1:63,360 - 1" - 1mi.)
Other USGS & Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 30 X 60 minute topographic maps maps are available in a 1:100,000 (1" = 1.58 mi.) scale.
Note: minutes refer to the width of the map in minutes of longitude. 7.5 min = 1/8 °

National Forests: Tahoe, Humboldt-Toiyabe, Eldorado and Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU)
How to find topographic maps at the USGS - $6/map + $5 shipping.
Finding and Ordering USGS Topographic Maps
USGS Business Partners for Published Products
Map Link (Has version year)
California Maps Available for Sale at the BLM.

REI printouts from National Geographic TOPO! CD's (1:30,750 1"= 0.49 mi.) $10
Note: They are not as current as USGS maps (e.g. Pacific Crest Trail is missing)

National Geographic Map Store:
804 - Tahoe National Forest - Yuba/American Rivers
- TOPO! Map Software

The Lake Tahoe Trail Map at Adventure Maps ( 15' [1" = .98 mi.] $10 is one of the best.

"The Tahoe Sierra", by Jeff Schaffer from Wilderness Press has very good maps also. Online Maps:
NW Tahoe Back Country,
SW Tahoe/Desolation Wilderness,
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU)
Tahoe Rim Trail
Maps at
Subscribe to Sierra Outdoor Recreation to download maps

Lists of maps:
The League to Save Lake Tahoe, CD-ROM Trail Guides, Order Maps on-line,
Books from REI: California Trail Guides, Lake Tahoe Trail Map, Lake Tahoe Recreation Map, Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map
General Map List here

"The Tahoe Sierra: A Natural History Guide to 112 Hikes", 1998, by Jeffrey P. Schaffer
"Afoot and Afield: Reno-Tahoe: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide",2006, by Mike White
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore, 2000, Heid

Stores - Hiking, Camping, Climbing, XC Skiing Supplies:
xc - Cross country
Back Country (xc) 690 N. Lake Blvd. Tahoe City 581-5861
      11400 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee 582-0909
Alpenglow (xc) 415 N Lake Blvd. Tahoe City 583-6917
Dave's (xc)       620 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 583-6415
Granite Chief 11400 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee 582-0909
Sierra Mountaineer Bridge & Jibboom Truckee 587-2025
Sugar Bowl Ski & Sports 11260 Donner Pass Rd # Truckee, CA (530) 587-1369
Porters Tahoe City 587-2314
West Side Sports (Rentals) Homewood 5395 W Lake Blvd 525-0310
Reference: USFS Wilderness Center (530) 573-2736

Dangers (bears, rattlesnakes, ticks, mountain lions, poison oak)
Bear Etiquette

West Shore Info | Ski Info | Directions | Homewood

last updated 23 Sept 2008