PLEASE NOTE: Due to the temporary closure of local National Forest Lands, many hikes including the Granite Chief and Shirley Canyon trails based in Squaw Valley are currently closed.
Top 5 Hikes in North Lake Tahoe
As the winter season winds down, we’re looking forward to warm summer days complete with exciting hiking terrain and beautiful views. North Lake Tahoe has some of the region’s best hiking, and most of the trails are right in our backyard! Scroll through to read about our top 5 Lake Tahoe hiking trails.
Shirley Canyon Trail (3.6 miles. 2,109′ elevation gain/loss)
Hike beside waterfalls, granite boulders, and breathtaking views of Squaw Valley. The trailhead is located at the end of Squaw Peak road. If you hike up to High Camp, you can take the Aerial Tram back down for free. This trail is strenuous, so hiking boots are recommended.
Eagle Rock (0.7 miles. 239′ elevation gain/loss)
If you’re looking for a short hike with spectacular views, this is the hike for you. You’ll ascend a steep but well-traveled trail to the top of Eagle Rock, where you’ll have an incredible view of Lake Tahoe. Don’t wander too close to the edge, as there is quite a large dropoff.
Five Lakes Trail (5.0 miles. 1,118′ elevation gain/loss)
Located in Alpine Meadows, this popular 5-mile hike is a moderate level of difficulty. Be prepared for some exposed switchbacks in the beginning and cool off with a swim in one of the lakes!
Stateline Lookout (1.5 miles. 400′ elevation gain/loss)
Cross over into Nevada for a hike that is friendly for all skill levels. This 1.5 mile hike takes you up to a fire lookout with a stunning view of Lake Tahoe. This trail is a great option for families (and dogs are welcome, too!)
Pinedrop Trail (1.5 miles; minimal elevation gain/loss)
Head to the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista to access several hiking & biking trails, as well as a playground, sports fields, and a dog park. The Pinedrop Trail is an easy, beautiful option with a paved path if you’d like to accommodate a stroller or wheelchair.