Lake Tahoe Region:
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness
(lodge-based walking/hiking tour)
Visit: Truckee, Donner Lake, Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe
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. We've teamed with our good friends Matt and Marieta Brown at Rubicon Outdoors, veterans of this region, to offer this beautiful tour linking a series of luxurious lodges along Lake Tahoe's western shore.
After a short shuttle ride from the airport in Reno, our hiking tour starts in Truckee, California near Donner Lake. We will spend two nights at the The Cedar House in Martis Valley minutes from historic downtown Truckee. Our first day of hiking may 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.
We then travel upstream along the Truckee River taking a detour to Squaw Valley, the home of the 1960 winter Olympics. We will be staying at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Our hike will take us along part of the Pacific Crest Trail, which links Canada and Mexico, summiting Granite Chief over 3000' above the valley floor.
Again following the Truckee River upstream, we eventually reach its headwaters at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Measuring 22 miles long from north to south and 12 miles wide, 191-square mile Lake Tahoe is the country's largest mountain lake. Our last two nights will be spent on the west shore at Sunnyside Resort. One of our highlights here will be the 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.
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.
Day 1 Arrive in Reno and transfer by a short 45 minute shuttle to our meeting point at The Cedar House, nestled in the Martis Valley, just minutes from historic downtown Truckee. You might have a chance to check out the town and enjoy the wonderful outdoor scenery before settling in for our welcome dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
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