The Best Spots for Hiking in North Lake Tahoe

Lace up your hiking boots and grab your sunscreen! Hiking in the North Lake Tahoe region is a tremendously popular activity around these parts, and it’s no wonder why. From lakeside trails to waterfall hikes, the possibilities are endless! Discover our favorite North Lake Tahoe hiking trails, as well as where to find the best accommodations in the area!

Are you looking for more ways to explore the great outdoors? These North Lake Tahoe hiking trails are just the beginning! Access our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of parks, hiking and biking trails, and even zip lining courses. You’ll also find the best places to rent outdoors equipment, like paddle boards or skis. Plan your North Lake Tahoe getaway in no time with the help of our free Vacation Guide!

The Best North Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails

Tahoe Rim Trail

You can’t mention hiking near Lake Tahoe without talking about the Tahoe Rim Trail. This hiking trail, which stretches out over 150 miles, follows the edge of Lake Tahoe. The trail is broken up into segments. In the northern section, the most popular segments run from Tahoe City to the Broadway Summit, and then from there to Mt. Rose Summit.

Shirley Canyon

Shirley Canyon, located in Squaw Valley, is one of the most popular North Lake Tahoe hikes. Once you visit, you’ll understand why. There are two trails available in the canyon. The first, the Shirley Canyon Trail (which is sometimes called the Shirley Lake Trail) runs over granite rocks and through canyon walls on your way to Shirley Lake. This is one of the best North Lake Tahoe hikes with waterfalls. You’ll be able to see small falls and hidden pools on your way. In total, the hike from the trailhead to the lake is a little over two miles. From the lake, you can choose to turn around and walk back to the trailhead or continue to High Camp in Squaw Valley Ski Area, which offers a free cable car ride back down. The second hiking trail in the region is the Granite Cheif Trail. This is a steep walk, climbing into the granite until it connects with the Pacific Crest Trail. From the trailhead to the second trail connection, the hike is a little over three miles.

Shirley Canyon is a dog-friendly area. Visitors are welcome to bring their four-legged friends with them.

Eagle Rock Hiking Trail in Tahoe

If you’re looking for a leisurely hike, then head to Eagle Rock Trail near Homewood. This trail is less than one-mile long and is dog-friendly. If you’re looking for good North Lake Tahoe winter hikes, Eagle Rock is the place to go. Snowshoeing is a common activity in this area in the snowy months.

Eagle Lake

Another beautiful hike is found at Eagle Lake (which is not to be confused with Eagle Rock). Technically, it’s located in South Lake Tahoe. However, it’s such a popular spot that we had to mention it. Sometimes called the Eagles Falls Trail, sometimes called the Eagle Lake Loop, this path leads you up a stone staircase, over waterfalls, and through a forested area. At one point during the hike, the path leads to a Desolation Wilderness, which requires a special permit to explore.

This area tends to get crowded quickly, so try to get there early in the morning in order to get good parking. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on the trail, though they must be on a leash.

Stay with Tahoe Moon Properties

trees and homes in wildernessAfter your day of exploring the most beautiful North Lake Tahoe hiking trails, return to a wonderful vacation rental from Tahoe Moon Properties. We have the widest selection of dog-friendly properties in the area, including the gorgeous Snowflower Lodge. This magnificent North Lake Tahoe home features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and can sleep up to 16 guests. This rental also has a game room, with a pool table and foosball, as well as a hot tub on its own private deck. Plus, this property is situated on acres of undeveloped land that is perfect for hiking!

Browse the rest of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.