Easy to moderate hikes the provide parking and camping in South Lake Tahoe?
Im planning to go to South Lake Tahoe next summer. are theres any hikes that are beautiful in scenery, provide parking, and allow camping or even on the move camping, about a two to three day hike in a easy to moderate range.? I would like to stay close to the lake, or be able to see the scenery of the lake/ lakes. i would appreciate some help with sites and even maps. thanks in advance
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Desolation Wilderness runs along the west side of Lake Tahoe in California, SR 89, and is ideal for a backpacking and day hiking. There are several trailheads that provide access to the wilderness area and have ample parking. Summiting any of the peaks in the wilderness will provide incredible views of Lake Tahoe and surrounds.
There are many regulations and requirements for backpacking in Desolation Wilderness. A permit is required and there are daily limits to the number of backpackers on each trail. Bears are a nuisance and approved bear canisters must be carried. Backpacking by itself requires special gear and knowledge. You might want to read up on the subject and renting your gear is always advisable for a beginner.
If you want to camp near the lake D.L. Bliss State Park is the ideal choice located near the popular Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls Trailhead into Desolation Wilderness. Reservations might be necessary for the summer. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=505
I would suggest that you camp at D.L. Bliss and take a couple day hikes into Desolation. Eagle Falls TH:
Meeks Bay TH: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/recreation/wildernes...
Echo Lakes TH: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/recreation/wild/d...