Monday, September 10, 2012

Hiking Lake Tahoe :: Mount Tallac

While most Americans were enjoying football on Sunday a few friends and I decided to hike Mount Tallac. This wasn't your average Sunday stroll through the woods. Nope we were hiking up to the peak, 9,735ft above sea level to be exact. This is the best stairmaster workout complete with breathe taking views of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, Emerald bay, Desolation wilderness and a few others. 

Sunday was a early start - 8 a.m. at the trailhead. Three hours, five miles and 3,500ft (from 6,400 - 9735ft) in elevation gain later we were on top of the world! The hike was a total of 9.5 miles! Yes I'm sore but it was worth every single thigh-burning step.

 Remember to register for a free Desolation Wilderness permit available at the trail sign, which must be filled out before hitting the trail.
  June to October is the best time to hike Tallac.
I recommend starting early -- pack a lunch, snacks and  plenty of water.  

Getting There:
The  trailhead is located on the southwestern side of Lake Tahoe, between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson. From SLT take HWY 89 towards Emerald Bay, not to far after Camp Richardson turn left at Mt. Tallac Road and follow the well-signed route to the parking lot. The trailhead is located at the end of the parking lot. (Glen Alpine Trail is an alternative route to the summit of Tallac and popular with backpackers camping in the Desolation Wilderness.)

and now for your viewing pleasure......

Adam filling out our permit.

Mount Tallac from the Trail

Cathedral Lake - One of the Alpine Lakes we crossed. The dogs went for a swim.

Views from the top of Tallac.

Lake Tahoe on the left and Fallen Lake on the right.

On top of the world with Roxy.

The Crew -- We made it.

Roxy checking out the views.


  1. What gorgeous views!! I am always so impressed with your hiking trips!

  2. wow beautiful views!! i need to visit tahoe some time and my dogs would certainly love all the hiking