Top Trails Lake Tahoe
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
© 2015 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
level 3, 8.2 mi, +800/-25 elev gain, 8600'at highest
nice trail - lots of soft earth in the tall pines, gets rocky and hilly at the end - bring bug spray for sure! the trail goes the length of Caples lake so there was plenty of water for the dog, crossed and followed some streams too. towards the end the trail climbs over a ridge, but not too high - def less shade though. Emigrant lake isn't very shaded, but the cool air up there was wonderful! and there was a good breeze coming off caples lake, so really the rocky climbing part was the only hot part of the day. it was about 9 miles all done. with it in the 100s at home, we stayed at the 81* parking lot and had a few beers waiting for the heat of the day to pass before heading home! Good hike - not too hard, not too hot, nice destination, pretty along the way!
— in Kirkwood, CA
This was a great trip though it was 100 degree weather and that made the trail tougher. Plenty of water but with the heat came plenty of rattlesnakes. Saw many deer, even a buck standing in our trail and had one bear sighting. Emerald lake is beautiful but very little shade offered. It took us 5 hours to get to the first campsite past the meadow. Fishing was not great, though we did have a sample of rainbow trout for a dinner!
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