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Lake Tahoe Tour: Tahoe City, Truckee
(lodge-based walking/hiking tour)
hike along Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada
Visit: Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Donner, Truckee
Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate
2014 Departures:   July 20-25
September 21-26
Tour Cost:   $2695 per person
$650 single supplement
Included:  5 nights hotels
all breakfasts, lunches, dinners
Reno airport transfers
transfers between inns
guided walks daily

Tahoe tour reservation

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.

View from the Sunnyside Lodge on Lake TahoeAfter 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)
Day 2 Our first hike will take us on a Tahoe classic along the lake, with six relatively level miles along the Rubicon Trail to Emerald Bay. Lake Tahoe sits at 6200' above sea level, and it's good to start at a moderate pace. The trail meanders through huge pine trees and granite boulders, with the gorgeous blue backdrop of Lake Tahoe. Hike to Emerald Bay, where you can see Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, and tour the Scandanavian Vikingsholm Castle. For a longer hike, we also have the option to hike above Emerald Bay, past Eagle Lake Falls to Eagle Lake. Return to Sunnyside Resort for a relaxation and a filling dinner at our lakeside location. (Sunnyside Resort)
the Cedar House Lodge - our home in Truckee on our Lake Tahoe TourDay 3 Today we may choose to hike above Squaw Valley, a beautiful and rugged side-valley. Known for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is also a superb summer destination. Hike up along Squaw Creek to a high mountain lake, where you can enjoy a relaxing picnic and beautiful views all around. For a bigger day, continue up to the summit of Granite Chief, where you are rewarded for your hard work with views of the Desolation peaks to the south, the Tahoe Basin, and Castle Peak near Donner to the north. Return by to tram to Squaw and transfer to Truckee to the Cedar House Lodge. (Cedar House Lodge)
Day 4 Today we visit Donner Peak and hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,500 mile trail connecting Mexico to Canada. Choices include hiking an easy 5-mile loop or a longer hike including the Mt. Judah loop. Spectacular views of Donner Lake, Castle Peak and Mount Judah await. Learn about local history including the story of the infamous Donner Party, Midwestern pioneers who attempted to pass through Donner Summit 150 years ago only to be thwarted by incredibly heavy snowstorms and the harsh terrain. Return to the Cedar House for a relaxing evening, and perhaps a soak in their hot tub before dinner at a favorite local restaurant. (Cedar House Lodge)
Day 5 A great hiking choice for today includes a visit to the east side of lake Tahoe in Nevada. This inspiring walk starts at Spooner lake among towering aspen trees and rises gently along the North Canyon flume trail to Marlette lake for more of Tahoe's stunning views. Return to Cedar House to freshen up, and we'll then cap our tour with an unforgettable sunset dinner. (Cedar House Lodge)
Day 6 After breakfast, we'll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.

Lupine wildflowers along the short of lake Tahoe California Tahoe tour reservation

Arrive: Plan to arrive the day your trip starts at the latest. Fly to Reno. If you are arriving early we can help with additional reservations and you can catch an airport shuttle to Tahoe. Or see www.tahoesbest.com for additional transportation options.
Depart: Plan departure for the day your tour ends at the earliest. Reno airport is about one hour from Truckee.

Dates don't work? This tour can easily be arranged as a private adventure for a modest additional cost.


We had a wonderful trip. Matt was fabulous, the hikes were well planned and suited to our various abilities without anyone feeling "held back". I don't know how Matt was able to keep up with everything. He was in the lobby waiting for us every morning, made wonderful lunches for us every day, individually packed and he carried them, and then delivered us back to our base so that we could rest a bit, get freshened up and then he was back again taking us off to wonderful dinners. He was fun, informative and nothing was too much trouble. He was just a fantastic guy. We met his lovely family and felt like we had known him for years.
    -R Rickards, 2009 Sierra Hiking tour
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