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Mt. Tallac Trail

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Address: Mt Tallac Road B trail head, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: +1 530-543-2600
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15 mins easy hike for best view of Lake

After 10 mins of hike I didn't need jacket or the thermal I was wearing. High was 52 F or so. It was moderately Sunny.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ramkumar R
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Sunnyvale, United States
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Sunnyvale, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After 10 mins of hike I didn't need jacket or the thermal I was wearing. High was 52 F or so. It was moderately Sunny.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

One of the best day hikes I've ever done. Requires a decent amount of fitness. At a relatively fast hiking pace with minimal breaks I clocked a climb of 5.3 miles from trailhead parking lot to summit in a little under 2.5 hours. Plan to stay awhile on top... the views are stunning. If you're looking for solitude on your... More 

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Amazing views even halfway in. Trail very rocky hiking shoes will save your feet. Described as " difficult " , it is. Peak over 9000 feet. In shape probably need 4-5hrs. No park fees. October no crowds. Couldnt finish but still great.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you go, make sure you have the time to make the summit. We had to turn back about an hour from finishing because we had reservations somewhere else and it was heartbreaking! But even without summitting, we had a fantastic time. The views are amazing. Bring a lot of water and snacks. And a camera.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Location should be viewed by all americans. Lake and trail will take up to 1/2 day to get the lmost out of.

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Gedera, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Long, hard, but very butiful view all the way to the sumit. Take plenty of water... be in a good shape. And do it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We didn't intend to make it to the top, to lake Mt Tallac, but we did do the first part of the trail to the first lake. The first part was through the trees, climbing up until we could see the views of "Fallen leaf lake". We then continued up till we got to the first small lake. A very... More 

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Minneapolis, Mn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This trail is brutal. It is mostly rock and very hard on the feet going up and down. Going up, has parts that are very steep, especially after the third lake. Well, it's steep going down too, but my heart and lungs didn't protest that. The knees did. Fallen Leaf Lake is the first lake and is very pretty. LOTS... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the highest points around Lake Tahoe. Superb views abound as you clear the treeline too. And there are plenty of marmots around to entertain you. At 10,500' be aware though that if you're coming from sea level you will suffer the effects of altitude! Use ibuprofen (with food) if you feel headachy/tires and this will help.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is the highest mouintain you can climb around Lake Tahoe and it's worth the effort. You should be physically fit but as soon as you reach the top, the views are spectacular. You can see lots of chipmunks on the way up and with a little luck you even see blackbears. Enjoy!

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