Hiking in the high sierra of Lake Tahoe is the perfect of rounding out your visit to the region, from spectacular scenery and sore muscles, your certain not forget the beauty of Lake Tahoe while taking the trail. One of the first things that you should do is to get your hands on a decent guide book, hikes in lake Tahoe include gentle traverses, mountain climbs, afternoon walks and long treks. Having a guide book will allow you to decide which hike you want to undertake.

Planning Your Trek

After choosing which hike it is that you will be taking you will want to get hold of a detailed map of the area, using this map you will be able to plan in advance where you are going to park before starting your hike. Before you set out you should leave a copy of the map with someone who is not going with you and give them your estimated return time, this is so that someone knows where you are and if something should happen to you on the hike then you know that help will be called. Take your map and guide book with you on your hike, while the trails are all clearly marked having a little extra guidance is a good thing.


Having the right equipment before undertaking a hike is an absolute must. You will be able to find almost any equipment that you require at one of the many Lake Tahoe equipment stores. Before undertaking any hike you should make sure you have comfortable and appropriate shoes and clothing suitable for all weathers, ideally to keep you warm, cool and dry, this is particularly important when hiking in the high sierra.

The lake Tahoe weather can be extreme you will find that during the mornings you will want to wear warmer clothes as well as the evenings and cooler clothes for the day time particularly in the summer when it can get very warm. Your pack should be packed with a map, first aid kit, plenty of water, snacks (energy bars) and your cell phone. Make sure your phone is fully charged before you set out; you may also want to take some toilet paper and a few plastic bags for when nature calls.

Finally don’t forget your sunblock and your camera for taking pictures of the wonderful scenery as you hike the high sierra of Lake Tahoe.