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Project Category: Hiking Trails

Meiss Lake and Meadow

Meiss Lake and Meiss Meadow, a great day trip & place to explore. Meiss Meadow is located off the PCT and TRT in the South Lake Tahoe Region. Referred to as Meiss Country, the Meiss Family used this area as Cattle Farmers and the summer ranch cabin and barn are still standing near the junction of the Tahoe Rim Trail and the PCT. Meiss Lake is a shallow mountain lake that offers a warmer chest deep swimming experience to summer hikers.  Located Just South of Round Lake off the Tahoe Rim Trail. Meiss Lake and Meadow are easily accessed through...

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Showers Lake – A Great Day Hike or Backpack Trip

Showers Lake Recreational Area Showers Lake is described as one of the prettiest Lakes in the Lake Tahoe Basin. It, therefore, is also one of the favorite locations for local backpackers and Lake Tahoe visitors  along with a preferred destination for spring & summer wildflowers hikes Showers Lake can be accessed by three different trail starts but is recommended to be accessed at the Carson Pass Trail Head for the easiest access point. Located on the PCT, Showers lake is a great day hike from Carson Pass at 5.1 miles (feels shorter) this day hike from the Carson pass includes two hills...

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20 Lakes Basin Hike

20 Lakes Basin Location: Located Behind saddlebag Lake off Tioga Pass – elevation 10,ooo plus feet Route:  8 Miles Plus Moderate Rocky trail Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Photography, Backcountry skiing How To Get to 20 Lakes Basin:  Travel up HWY 120  (Tioga Pass out of Lee Vining) about 10 miles, take Saddlebag Lake Recreational turn off North. (Road partly paved, part dirt., Most vehicles can make it back to lake) Park at Saddlebag Lake Recreational Parking. Toilets available, Bear Box Available. West Rout Cross Dam for the trailhead,  Eastern Route follow Road.  1.5 Miles around Saddlebag Lake to the 20 Lakes...

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Exploring PG&E Recreational Lakes Near Blue Lakes in Alpine County Ca

The Blue Lakes and Blues Lakes Recreational Camping Area off HWY 88 in Alpine County is a very popular destination for local and regional campers in the summer.  In the Winter this area is only accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skiing. This set of PG&E managed lakes/reservoirs are part of the California water & power system but provide some of our favorite day trip recreation in the central Sierra and Lake Tahoe region. A trip down Blue Lakes Hwy, located a few miles south of the Hwy 88 and Hwy 89 interchange headed toward Kirkwood, is a very scenic representation of the...

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Hiking To Marlette Lake From Chimney Beach in Lake Tahoe

A Sierra Rec Magazine Adventure Guide –  Hiking to Marlette Lake There are three main routes to get to Marlette Lake. Marlette Lake – is Located on the East Side of Lake Tahoe adn sits at approx 7800′ in the Sierra Range betweeen Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Marlette Lake is one of two natural lakes (the other is Incline Lake near the Tahoe Meadows) that were deepened via small dams in the late 1800s to increase their depth. Their water was them run along flumes to Tunnel Creek to send timber through the Carson Range to the Carson...

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Placer Big Trees Grove

Placer Big Trees grove is the most northerly stand of naturally occurring Giant Sequoias, Sequoiadendron giganteum, and is found 22 miles east of Foresthill overlooking the Middle Fork American River. This area has been designated as a Botanical Special Interest Area by the Forest Service. The trees have been a popular tourist attraction since the 1800s and each bears the name of a prominent American. A nature trail and picnic area offer visitors a nice lunch or rest stop. This is a great day trip out of Reno, Carson City or Sacramento area. Here is a review from a local writer in the...

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The Best Waterfall Hikes Near Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is no slouch when it comes to beautiful waterfalls in the Sierra.  Up and down the Sierra and throughout the Sierra National Parks there are some amazing waterfall features.  These short Day hike experiences near Lake Tahoe will not disappoint when looking for a great waterfall visit. Alpine Falls – Fallen Leaf Lake  Popular Hike on the backside of Fallen Leaf Lake. Beautiful Cascade of water and easy access to get you up close and personal. Eagle Falls – Emerald Bay Located just off Hwy 89. Parking can sometimes be tough, but a beautiful waterfall that can...

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Chickadee Ridge – Lake Tahoe Adventure

Discover Chickadee Ridge – A Lake Tahoe Adventure Chickadee Ridge 39.2923910, -119.9177925 Instagram Facebook Pinterest “Plates for Powder” is Back: Buy A Tahoe License Plate And Ski For Free by Sierra REC magazine - Charlie Pankey ~ Publisher | November 2, 2017 | Family REC, Industry News, Lake Tahoe, National Forest, News and Events, Reno, Skiing | 0 Comments Support The Lifestyle And Ski Free TAHOE CITY, Calif. and INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – November 1, 2017  Ski season is almost here, and with it returns the popular “Plates for Powder” program.  Individuals who purchase a new Lake Tahoe license plate in either...

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