Deep within the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada lies Lake Tahoe—a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Its unspoiled waters, dense woodlands, and breathtaking vistas beckon adventurers from all corners. If you're craving a retreat into nature's embrace, head to one of the PARKIT team’s favorite outdoor playgrounds & check out one of these 3 hikes we think you’ll be stoked to explore.
Granite Lake & Maggie's Peak
Distance: 3.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,778 feet
Difficulty: Hard - A Challenging Climb
The Granite Lake & Maggie's Peak adventure is a hidden treasure tucked away in the Desolation Wilderness. This alpine journey is a true wilderness experience. Begin your out & back hike at the Bayview Trailhead parking area, your gateway to this rugged paradise. Not only is this trail great for hiking but is also often enjoyed for snowshoeing and skiing; pups can come too! Don't forget to pack your PARKIT cooler—it's the guardian of your snacks and drinks, ensuring they stay refreshingly cold, no matter how demanding the trail.
PRO TIP: As you ascend, vistas of Echo Lakes and Lake Tahoe unfurl before you. When you reach Granite Lake, it's the perfect time to pause, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved picnic on its tranquil shores. But the real magic unfolds when you continue to Maggie's Peak. The panoramic views are absolutely breathtaking and the perfect place to crack a cold one.
Emerald Bay via Lighthouse and Rubicon Trail
Distance: 16.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2,339 feet
Difficulty: Medium Hard - Challenging Stroll
Our next expedition takes us to the iconic Emerald Bay State Park via an out-and-back trail that takes an average of 7-hrs to complete. This popular trail is best accomplished between May and October. The Emerald Bay via Lighthouse and Rubicon Trail meanders through a landscape of towering pines and mesmerizing views of Lake Tahoe.
PRO TIP: As you hike, you'll discover historical landmarks such as Vikingsholm Castle and a picturesque lighthouse, all set against the backdrop of the stunning natural world. When you arrive at the lighthouse, it's the perfect spot to unwind and relish the cool breeze from the lake, all while your PARKIT cooler keeps your refreshments in top form. Just a heads up, you'll need to leave pups at home.
Eagle Lake Trail
Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 429 feet
Difficulty: Moderate- A Gentle Stroll
Our final trail takes us to the family-friendly Eagle Lake Trail—a short out & back hike with huge rewards. Despite its brevity, it's a must-do for any Tahoe visit; leashed pups can come too!
The trail leads to the crystalline waters of Eagle Lake, encircled by rugged peaks. It's the ideal spot for a picnic by the lake.
In the heart of the Sierra, Lake Tahoe's raw, unfiltered wilderness beckons the true adventurers. These hikes are your portal to exploring the wild side of Tahoe. As the mountains whisper tales of timeless adventure, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the region. Tahoe is a year-round paradise!