HIKING ON THE WEST SHORE
Cascade Creek Fall Trail – West Shore / Emerald Bay
Distance: 1 mile (one-way)
Details: From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 25 miles, go around Emerald Bay to the Bayview Campground which is located across from Inspiration Point. Parking is located at the far end of the campground. View Cascade Lake and the 200-foot high falls.
Paige Meadows – West Shore
Details: Take Hwy 89, two miles south of Tahoe City, turn right on Pineland Drive. Go up the road approximately 2 miles and look right for Forest Service Road 15N60 or 16N48 to get to the area. Page Meadows is located approx. 1 mile up the dirt road. There are no designated trails in the meadow.
Sugar Pine Point State Park Nature Trails – West Shore / Tahoma
From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 11 miles. Turn left into the park. The park charges a parking fee for day use. Contact state park rangers to obtain maps of the many trails located here. While you’re there don’t miss a tour of the historic Ehrman mansion. Call (530) 525-7982 for more information
Ellis Peak – Blackwood Canyon/Barker Pass
Distance: 6+miles round trip/1100′ elevation change.
Approximately 4 miles south of Tahoe City. Turn right(west) onto Barker Pass Rd. Follow the paved road 7 miles to the top of Barker Pass. When the pavement ends you will find the trailhead on the south side of the road. This is one of the best view hikes at Tahoe. Be sure to pack water. There is non available on the trail.
Eagle Rock – Blackwood Canyon
Distance 2 miles/ 300′ of elevation change
4 miles south of Tahoe City. Park at the split rail fence just north of the Blackwood Creek bridge. The trail head is on the north side of the parking area. Great quick view hike.
Vikingsholm Castle – West Shore / Emerald Bay
Distance: 1 mile (one-way)
Details: From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 25 miles to Emerald Bay, there will be a parking lot on the left. View an authentic replica of a Viking castle. Daily tours from mid-June through Labor Day for a nominal fee. View Emerald Bay and Fannette Island from the shoreline of Emerald Bay State Park. Hike the short trail to Lower Eagle Falls which begins directly across from the castle. No pets allowed.
Meeks Bay Trail – West Shore / Meeks Bay
Details: From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 12 miles to the Meeks Bay Resort. Parking is across the highway from the resort at a small dirt parking lot. A Wilderness permit is required. This moderate hike takes you along the northernmost part of the unofficial Tahoe-Yosemite Trail. After following a road for approximately 1.3 miles, the trail passes a small spring, parallels Meeks Creek and continues upward into a forested valley. View Alpine lakes before the trail ascends 1,000 feet up a series of switchbacks leading to Phipps Pass. Trails: 4.5 miles to Genevieve, 5 miles to Craig, 5.7 miles to Hidden, 5.9 to Shadow, 6.3 miles to Stony Ridge, 8 miles to Rubicon. This is a great place to hike with your dog.
Rubicon Trail – West Shore / D. L. Bliss State Park
Details: From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 22 miles to D.L. Bliss State Park. Fee for day use parking. Dipping up and down along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, this trail offers some of the most scenic views of the Lake. Bring a swimsuit, towel and picnic lunch to enjoy a sunny day at one of the many quiet coves along the way. No pets allowed. Don’t mistake this trail with the “Rubicon Jeep Trail” in Tahoma.
Bayview Trail – West Shore / Emerald Bay
Details: From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 25 miles, go around Emerald Bay to the Bayview Campground across from Inspiration Point. Parking is located at the far end of the campground. View Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe along this steep trail that leads you up the side of Maggie’s Peal into Desolation Wilderness. Sights include Granite Lake. Corral and watering facilities for horses are available at the trailhead. A Wilderness permit is required. Trails: 1 mile to Granite, 4 miles to Azure, 5 miles to Dicks.
Eagle Falls Trail – West Shore / Emerald Bay
Details: From Tahoe City take Hwy 89 south 25 miles to Emerald Bay, to the Eagle Falls Picnic Area is on the right. This is a popular and congested area. A Wilderness permit is required. This steep trail leads into the heart of Desolation Wilderness. Eagle Lake is a popular short hike. Longer hikes include the three Velmas, Dicks and Fontanillis lakes. Trails: 4.5 miles to Dicks and Upper & Middle Velmas, 5 miles to Fontanillis.