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Overview:  The Lake Tahoe area presents hikers and backpackers with a wide range of outdoor opportunities.  The Tahoe backcountry is easily accessed from major highways, is dotted with scenic lakes and moderate summits, and affords incredible panoramas from its high points. 


Here are a few hiking suggestions for the Tahoe area.

  • Emerald Bay Hikes.  Two nice day hikes out of Emerald Bay.  The first, Granite Lake/Maggies Peaks, offers quick access to a nice backcountry lake and an opportunity to bag a couple of panoramic peaks on the edge of Lake Tahoe.  The second, to Eagle, Velma and Fontanillis Lakes, is a longer journey to a series of backcountry lakes below Dicks Peak.

  • Mt. Tallac.  A steep day hike to a rocky summit offering the best views in the entire Tahoe region.

  • Dicks & Jacks Peaks.  Two more remote and challenging summits, with unbelievable views.

  • Pyramid Peak.  A long dayhike (or good multiday trip) to the highest summit in the Desolation Wilderness.

  • Mt. Price & Mt. Agassiz.  Killer views and an airy traverse make a visit to these two remote peaks a must-do for the Desolation peakbagger.

  • Silver Peak from Squaw Valley.  A quick dayhike to a fine vista to escape the crowds at Squallywood.

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