Summer is here, and we’re ready for longer days and more hiking options! Tahoe has hundreds of miles of trails winding around the lake and through the forest. You’re sure to find something for every age and ability level.
Make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water, snacks, extra layers for sudden weather changes, and an emergency first-aid kit. We love this comprehensive, printable day hiking checklist from REI. And don’t hesitate to ask your front desk agent for additional trail recommendations.
Martis Creek Trail
Easy, 4 Mile Loop near Truckee
This family-friendly hike takes you through a wildlife viewing area, where you’re likely to spot native birds nesting May 1 through July 15. Bikers should start at the Tompkins Memorial Trail about halfway down the access road. Just look for the parking area next to route 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach.
Tahoe Rim Trail
Varied, 165-Mile Loop around Lake Tahoe
No, we aren’t suggesting you complete the entire loop during your stay! The Tahoe Rim Trail actually consists of five separate trails that circle Lake Tahoe. The single-track trail is open to hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking (most areas). Visit www.tahoerimtrail.org for maps.
Donner Memorial State Park
Easy, 2.5-Mile Loop near Truckee
Take a leisurely stroll around the lake. When you’re done, stop by the Donner Visitor Center, which features exhibits on Native American history, the ill-fated Donner Party, and the Chinese immigrants who built the nearby railway. The park entrance is located just east of Donner Lake off the I-80.