Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe  by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre

Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe Guide Book

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe  by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
Take a Hike! Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Here are forty-five of the best hikes, nearly all of them within an hour’s drive of Reno and Lake Tahoe—from hikes featuring gorgeous waterfalls and great lake views to treks in the deep woods. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe" Guide Book
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Pack your towels and bring the kids: The Angora Lakes Trail is short, sweet, and the perfect introduction to hiking in the mountains around Lake Tahoe.
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Remnants of Nevada’s ranching heritage are preserved in this large suburban park. The trail begins next to a charming one-room schoolhouse, rides for a stretch atop a wooden flume, and meanders among ...
Reno, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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A brief walk through nicely spaced evergreens is a peaceful preamble to the rocky path and raucous creek at the end of the trail to Cascade Falls. Views of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe add to the hike’ ...
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Mount Tallac, at more than 9,700 feet in elevation, dominates nearly every South Lake Tahoe vista. It’s also a powerful presence on the hike to Cathedral Lake, a peaceful tarn cupped among jumbled roc ...
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
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If dead men could enjoy great views, they’d love the overlook at the apex of this loop. Fortunately this hike isn’t hard enough to suck the life out of anyone, and from the gazebo at the high point, s ...
Carson City, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
The Truckee River flows right through the glitz of downtown Reno, and the town has dressed up the promenade along its banks with colorful landscaping, sculpture, artificial waterfalls, bridges, and a ...
Reno, NV - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2
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Dark and clear, Eagle Lake sits in a small basin bordered by steep granite aprons and great black-streaked cliffs. The classic Sierran setting and relative ease of access ensures this trail as one of ...
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
All the work you’ll do climbing onto the ridge above Blackwood Canyon is more than rewarded by the views from the top, where you’ll look down onto Lake Tahoe in one direction and onto the polished gra ...
Tahoe City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Follow Evans Creek through a steep-sided canyon, venturing into a cleft of high desert landscape embedded in suburban Reno.
Reno, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
This superlative loop meanders along the lower slopes of Jobs Peak in the Carson River valley, passing from pristine highland desert scrub into shady montane forest and back again.
Carson City, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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In the summertime, the bare rock underpinnings of ski slopes are revealed—and become hikeable. The climb to Five Lakes offers access (not lift-served) to the slopes near Alpine Meadows, and then mello ...
Tahoe City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
Galena Creek begins, as most mountain streams do, as a trickle in the snow-packed heights. But by the time it reaches the lowland park that shares its name, it’s a rumbling, tumbling, defining waterco ...
Carson City, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
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Walk in the footsteps (or ski tracks) of Olympic biathletes as you follow peaceful General Creek into Sugar Pine Point State Park’s wooded backcountry.
Tahoe City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
Pass the remnants of Glen Alpine, once Lake Tahoe’s premier resort, then climb into the rocky reaches of the Desolation Wilderness. Gilmore Lake, cupped in a bowl on the west side of Mount Tallac, is ...
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
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A narrow, deceptively strenuous trail ascends from dry desert to a waterfall on Hunter Creek that remains vigorous into the dry months of late summer and fall. To begin, the route climbs with deceptiv ...
Reno, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
This long trail loop links two steep creek drainages at the foot of Mount Rose. On both the long traverse along the lower slopes separating Jones and Whites Creeks and the top of the ridge between the ...
Carson City, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.4
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This scenic loop links the natural history of Lake Tahoe to its human history, from the wild creatures that inhabit the Taylor Creek marsh to turn-of-the-twentieth-century resort owners and their spec ...
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Deep blue Donner Lake hosts a wonderful interpretive trail focused on both the lake’s spectacular alpine setting and on the history of the infamous pass that shares its name.
Truckee, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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High and dry, the Huffaker Hills open on expansive views across the Truckee Meadows to the summits of Mount Rose and Slide Mountain. An easy trail rambles through these distinctive formations in the f ...
Reno, NV - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
Wind through alternating meadow and open Jeffrey pine forest from Stateline’s busy casino district to sunny Nevada Beach. Artifacts of the Washoe Indians lend the trail its name: “Lam” refers to the g ...
Camp Richardson, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
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