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Hiking at the Lake Tahoe ski resorts

Jun 3rd 2013

squaw valley hiking map

We don't hide the fact that we love the ski resorts in winter, but did you know that we also love them in the summer? There are a ton of fun activities to enjoy here after the snow melts.  

Hiking is just one of those activities, and the ski resorts have miles of trails for a wide variety of ability levels. Whether you’re seeking a gentle meadow stroll or are looking for some serious vertical, you have options at Lake Tahoe. Along with sunshine, stunning views, and an on-mountain restaurant or two. 

Northstar California has a wide network of trails that access the ski resort along with neighboring areas like the Martis Valley. Consider a guided hike, or enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to access trails. Northstar opens for summer operations on June 14. Check out the trail descriptions and maps at NorthstarCalifornia.com. 

Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram whisks you up to High Camp, a starting point for a number of scenic hikes. Enjoy a mellow loop hike through wildflowers, or challenge yourself by climbing up to Squaw Peak. Free guided hikes are available on the High Camp Interpretive Trail twice a day. Maps and more information are available at Squaw.com.  Squaw's Aerial Tram opens for the summer on June 14.

Starting June 14, you can access miles of hiking trails from the top of Heavenly’s Gondola at 9,136 feet, along with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and Nevada’s Carson Valley. When you’re done, treat yourself to lunch at the Tamarack Lodge afterward. Maps and more information can be found at SkiHeavenly.com.

Enjoy spectacular scenery and wildflowers at Kirkwood, whose network of trails includes peak hikes, lake hikes and shorter meadow walks. Kirkwood’s summer operations begin July 5.

If you go
We like to bring a backpack with us with the following items. Not all are essential, but they make for a more enjoyable day in the mountains!

• Water – Actually, this is essential (trust us) 
• Snacks – Our favorite? Low tech PB&J
• Hat, sunglasses & sunblock – Tahoe’s high elevation means strong sun
• Camera – Because it’s Tahoe, and there are views around every corner
• Small first aid kit – Including blister care, just in case
• Light jacket – Weather & temperature changes do occur in the mountains
• Extras – Walking poles, map, bug spray

Where's your favorite Lake Tahoe hike? Let us know in the comments.

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