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one day trip

Hi , Im going to lake tahoe on july just for a day.. we are adults.. could you suggest me few good hiking options with a good view of the lake..

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It's hard to beat the Rubicon Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park:


You don't need to hike the whole thing. Just go as far as you like. The trail is right along the lake and the views are stunning.

Before your hike, you could also stop at Emerald Bay and walk down to the beach there and visit the Vikingsholm:


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In July the parking lot at DL Bliss fills up very early in the day. If you are stopping at Emerald Bay and going down to Vikingsholm you might want to do the Rubicon trial from there.

Other hikes to consider:

Angora Lake. The payoff is that you get to see more than 1 lake. Angora Lake is surrounded by granite and has a sandy shore. You can even rent rowboats or just swim and lay around on the sandy beach. The scenery is great. The lake is surrounded by cliffs and giant rocks. Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road and turn left. Turn left at the first paved road. Continue to Forest Service Road 12N14 and turn right. Continue past Angora Lookout to the road's end at the parking lot. There may be a charge to park so look for that possibility.

Also out of Fallen Leaf Lake area is the Moraine Trail, which is a fairly easy hike of 1 mile (one-way). It’s a relatively flat trail through the forest and along the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake. Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Road. Continue approximately 2/3 of a mile to Fallen Leaf Campground. Drive through the campground and park just before campsite #75 on the right. There used to be no fee for day use but I don't know if this is still true. Look for the trailhead sign near the parking area.

Out of Emerald Bay there are several:

Eagle Falls / Eagle Lake Trail starts at Eagle Falls Picnic Area, highway 89 across from Emerald Bay. Permits are required on this hike and a self-registration station is at the trailhead. The hike is only about 2 miles round trip to Eagle Lake (only about 1/3 mile to the falls); the terrain varies from steep to flat and crosses beautiful Eagle Falls on a steel footbridge.

Cascade Lake & Falls – Turn into the Bayview Campground across from Emerald Bay Inspiration Point, drive to the end and park at the trailhead. Take the trail that veers left. Spectacular views of the 200-foot high falls and Cascade Lake can be seen from this short trail.

On the east side you can hike down to a fairly private beach. Half of it is clothig optional the other half is not:

Park on the side of the road north of the junction of Highway 50 and 28 at Spooner Summit. There is a green metal gate at the access road on the lake side and parking nearby. Parking is free but limited. You follow the road about 1.5 miles down to the cove. There are a bunch of switchbacks but it is an easy hike. Coming back up not so much.

One more which I think is great on the west side near Sunnyside/Tahoe City. It's called Eagle Rock - super short, but steep. Great Views:


Edited: 1:14 pm, February 06, 2013
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