I was recently in South Lake Tahoe for 3 days (two half days with one full day in the middle) and I made good use of the time with three great hikes in the area. The first day I went to Eagle Lake, and that took a couple of hours and was a bit less than 6 miles. It could have been shorter, around 3.8 miles, but at the lake I took a walk around part of the perimeter. Here is a gallery from that day's hike.

The second day, which was my full day, I hiked to the summit of Mount Tallac, which is one of the tallest peaks in Tahoe, and there is outstanding scenery along the whole trail. I was feeling the burn on the way up, and in my knees on the way down, but the view from the top was worth the pain. It was truly incredible. A 360 degree view of Eagle Lake to the north, Lake Tahoe to the east, and Fallen Leaf Lake to the south. I couldn't take enough panoramic photos. It's 4.8 miles up, and 4.8 miles down, and it took just under six hours. Here are pictures from that hike.

The third day I wanted to do a flat and easy hike since my legs and knees were still very sore, and I found a great one by Fallen Leaf Lake trail, with the trailhead a quarter-mile west of the Fallen Leaf Lake campground. It was about a mile to get to the lake, and it took about an hour and a half total, including relaxing for a few minutes by the lake. Here are pictures from around the Fallen Leaf Lake.

Overall, it was a really good trip with amazing views all three days. It was so good to get into nature, and breathe in the fresh air.

Also, some things that I found to be useful to have while hiking:
- Sunscreen
- Plenty of water
- Snacks
- Good hiking shoes
- Thick socks
- Hat
- Bug spray (if there are bugs)
- First aid kit

Published by Jonah Schrogin