Mount Tallac Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Climb mighty Mount Tallac when it’s snow-clad, and you’ll be sitting on top of a special world, one with hawk’s-eye views down on Lake Tahoe Basin’s most spectacular scenery. After all the sweat equity and grunting involved with trudging gradually up its northeast face, you’ll be gasping and gawking at everything from Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake to Ralston, Angora, and Echo Peaks. For most snowshoers, Mount Tallac is the area’s cardinal peak, and getting to the top is the region’s premier achievement. But only advanced snowshoers, fit folks, and crazed souls should sign up. For starters, Mount Tallac is infamous for avalanche danger on its high-angle slopes (call ahead for a report) and lightning during thunderstorms (don’t get caught atop the peak in one). Second, the route’s constantly steep rise straight up the mountain is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to ask yourself during the journey why you talked yourself into this arduous ascent. If you snowboard, the 3,300-foot thrill ride back down the mountain blows away anything you could get from a ski lift.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

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Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

Climb mighty Mount Tallac when it’s snow-clad, and you’ll be sitting on top of a special world, one with hawk’s-eye views down on Lake Tahoe Basin’s most spectacular scenery. After all the sweat equity and grunting involved with trudging gradually up its northeast face, you’ll be gasping and gawking at everything from Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake to Ralston, Angora, and Echo Peaks. For most snowshoers, Mount Tallac is the area’s cardinal peak, and getting to the top is the region’s premier achievement. But only advanced snowshoers, fit folks, and crazed souls should sign up. For starters, Mount Tallac is infamous for avalanche danger on its high-angle slopes (call ahead for a report) and lightning during thunderstorms (don’t get caught atop the peak in one). Second, the route’s constantly steep rise straight up the mountain is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to ask yourself during the journey why you talked yourself into this arduous ascent. If you snowboard, the 3,300-foot thrill ride back down the mountain blows away anything you could get from a ski lift.

©  Marc J. Soares/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7–11 hours
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Maps: USGS Emerald Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Tallac Trail

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