Lake Tahoe Tour:
Tahoe City, Truckee
(lodge-based walking/hiking tour)
Visit: Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Donner, Truckee
Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate
Lake Tahoe is a jewel amid one of the most spectacular regions of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, the famously blue waters of Lake Tahoe form an unforgettable backdrop to many gorgeous hikes in the surrounding Sierra mountains. You know it's a big lake, but when you see Tahoe it will take your breath away. We've teamed with the Cedar House Lodge, locals in this region and our local outfitter, to offer this beautiful tour linking a pair of luxurious lodges in true Alpinehikers style.
After a short shuttle ride from the airport in Reno, our hiking tour starts along the rugged west shore of Lake Tahoe at the lakefront Sunnyside Resort. Measuring 22 miles long from north to south and 12 miles wide, 191-square mile Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. We'll jump right in with a beautiful six mile hike along the west shore of Lake Tahoe from D.L. Bliss State Park on the Rubicon Trail to Emerald Bay and a visit to Vikingsholm Castle, a Scandinavian inspired summer home completed in 1929 and now part of the Emerald Bay State Park. On our next day, we can opt for a moderate hike up nearby Ellis peak, or we might visit Squaw Valley, the home of the 1960 winter Olympics, with an energetic climb summiting Granite Chief, almost 3000' above the valley floor.
After 2 days along the lake, our tour will move north to Truckee, California, a picturesque small town near Donner Lake. Our home here for the next three nights is the exquisite Cedar House in Martis Valley minutes from historic downtown Truckee. From Truckee, we can visit Donner Summit, and hike a portion of the Pacific Crest trail, which links Canada and Mexico, An option for our final day can take us to the summit of Mt. Lola. Formed from an ancient volcano, this summit offers possibly the finest views of the northern Sierra region, where the Sierra's meet the Cascade Range, and south to the Crystal Range and Desolation Wilderness along the southwest edge of Lake Tahoe.
Our days will start with breakfast at our hotel or a local restaurant, giving us the energy needed for the day ahead. Then we'll be out on the trail, exploring the wonderful landscapes of the surrounding Sierras. Each morning, you'll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we'll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches - making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax at the hotel, or perhaps do a bit of sightseeing on your own. Later, we'll enjoy delicious dinners together at our hotel or another local restaurant. There are many great restaurants to choose from, and our dinners will all feature fabulous food.
You can also combine your Tahoe trip with a visit to nearby Yosemite National Park. Ask about extending your trip with a private tour to Yosemite!
Day 1 Arrive in Reno and transfer by a short one hour shuttle to our meeting point at the Sunnyside Resort on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. You'll enjoy gorgeous views of the lake on the way in, and also from the outdoor patio of the Sunnyside Resort. Meet, talk about the trip to come, and enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner at the inn, and then enjoy the fragrant fresh air and abundant stars of the Tahoe night sky. (Sunnyside Resort)
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