Hiking at Squaw Valley – Shirley Canyon – 1HR or 4HRS (Walk)
You can stop at the river only 15 minutes in, or go a full 3 hours to Squaw’s High Camp. Starting at an elevation of 8,200 feet, hikers will enjoy ancient rock formations, meandering streams and waterfalls that tumble to the valley floor below. Hikers have access to all trails including Shirley Canyon, the Western States Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. After the lake, hikers can either hike back up to High Camp and ride the Aerial Tram back down to Squaw Village.
Eagle Rock Lookout – 1HR (Walk)
This hike down on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe is one of the shortest to most rewarding hikes available. In only about 30 minutes, you will have reached the top where you have 180 degree Lake Tahoe Views!
Stateline Fire Lookout Trail – 1HR (Walk)
Another good, short hike for kids, this trail on the North Shore starts out as a fire road and then turns into a paved road at the top of the lookout. The lookout area has informational placards about the Tahoe area and views of the entire North Shore. Ask any local as the trail head is difficult to find. From Crystal Bay, turn up Reservoir Road near the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge then turn right at the firehouse. Continue up the hill until you reach a point where a steeper U.S. Forest Service road doubles back to the left above you. Follow this for a quarter mile beyond the green metal gate to the parking lot.
Five Lakes – 5HRS (Walk)
You will find the entrance about a mile or so up on the right side of the road after turning off 89 to head toward Alpine Ski Resort. Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness so you’re unlikely to have this trail to yourself. Don’t be disheartened if the trail is busy however, as the lakes themselves allow for plenty of chances for quiet and solitude.
Castle Peak – 5HRS (Walk)
As you approach Donner Pass from the west on I-80, you can’t miss Castle Peak on the left.
To get to the trailhead, take the Boreal exit (between Soda Springs and Donner Lake.) From the Boreal parking lot go under the freeway and follow the road up to the right and find a place to park. If you have a 4WD with high clearance, you could follow the dirt road and shorten the hike by a mile or two.
Tahoe Rim Trail- Various
is a 165-mile (266 km) long-distance hiking trail that forms a loop around Lake Tahoe Basin the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges of California and Nevada. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet (1,900 m) at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet (3,151 m) at Relay in Nevada. More information can be found at https://tahoerimtrail.org/