Lake Tahoe Hiking & Running Trails

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My Tahoe is hiking and trail running.

Desolation Wilderness has fabulous hiking, trail running, and backpacking opportunities. Any of the peaks—Freel, Tallac, Pyramid, Ralston—are great for hill work and amazing vistas. The Tahoe Rim Trail is one our favorite Lake Tahoe trails. It’s 165 miles total, but every section is stunning! The Bench is a section of the Rim Trail from Kingsbury to Spooner Summit. The vistas are incredible and you can run up to 25 miles out and back. Make sure to carry plenty of water and arrange a car shuttle.

To learn more about the hiking and running trails in the South Tahoe area, talk to our staff! They can’t wait to help our guests make the most of their Tahoe vacations with advice and recommendations on where to go, what to see, and what to do while here!

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Closest Trails for Running and Hiking in South Lake Tahoe:

Lake Tahoe Hiking and Running Map

VanSickle Park

Over 500 bi-state acres connecting to the Tahoe Rim Trail and other trail systems in the Tahoe basin. Exit behind the hotel onto Lake Parkway and turn right. At the stop sign, make a left and enter the park. Approximate drive time: less than 5 minutes. Approximate walk time: 10 minutes.

The Bench

Go out to Highway 50, turn right. Turn right onto Kingsbury Grade/State Route 207 in Stateline, NV towards the top, turn left onto North Benjamin Street, keep following until the very end where you will see a large parking area and Tahoe Rim Trail sign and trailhead. Approximate driving time: 15 minutes.

Kahle Meadows Trail

A flat 3+ mile walk/run on paved bike paths and dirt trails to Nevada Beach. Go right on Highway 50. Turn left on Kahle Drive. Park in the lot on the right side. Approximate driving time: 5 minutes. Approximate walk time: 15 minutes.