Dardanelles Lake

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain390ft
Trailhead Elevation7,822ft
Elevation Min/Max7661/7823ft
Elevation Start/End7822/7822ft

Dardanelles Lake

Dardanelles Lake is a hiking and biking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 7,822 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 390 feet. This trail connects with the following: Christmas Valley Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"Hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) means an outstanding trail and even better scenery. Begin with Big Meadow itself, a broad, flower-filled meadow where flowers, grasses, and trees are visibly and audibly alive with insects, birds, and small mammals. End with a refreshing dip in a beautiful mountain swimming hole."
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"This hike takes you through expansive meadows, across clear streams, and past numerous wildflowers to visit two magnificent, cliff-bordered lakes that offer good swimming and camping. You must obtain a permit for this hike. Call Eldorado National Forest Information Center for more information."

Dardanelles Lake Trip Reports

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We packed in on a friday from the Big Meadow trailhead, at least 30 people were already at this beautiful lake, although there were a lot of othewr groups there,our campsite wasnt affected.I will definetly return.
Fishing was good,view is unbelievable

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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District, 209-295-4251, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado; US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu
Local Contacts
Lake Tahoe Basin (Trails Illustrated 803)
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