Mt. Tallac Trailhead

  

[Photo]:  Off-trail hiking into Desolation Wilderness.

Mt. Tallac Trailhead receives high use and is thus well marked. There are three main trails:
1. Floating Island Lake – one-way mileage is 1.7 miles. Difficulty level is easy to moderate.
2. Cathedral Lake – one-way mileage is 2.5 miles. Difficulty level is easy to moderate.
3. Mount Tallac – one-way mileage is 5 miles. Difficulty level is difficult.
 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All open during summer and fall.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Parking
Fees $5 per person for 1st 2 days for overnight permit.
Permit Info: A wilderness permit is required. Day hikers, pick up your permit at the self serve area at the trailhead. Overnight hikers will need an overnight permit for Desolation Wilderness. This permit must be purchased before you get to the Mt. Tallac Trailhead.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-September
Restrictions: No campfires allowed.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

General Notes:

Providing a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Desolation Wilderness, this strenuous hike is well worth the effort. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Sierra mountains; bring a jacket, carry lots of water and allow plenty of time for your trip.


Accessibility:

These trails are not designed to be handicapped accessible. The first part of the trail to Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes is easy to moderate and can be enjoyed by the novice hiker. Beyond Cathedral Lake, the trail becomes steep and strenuous as it continues up the front face of Mount Tallac.


Directions:

The trailhead is located approximately 3-1/2 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Look for the Mt. Tallac Trailhead sign directly across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach. Turn left down the dirt road and continue to the trailhead parking.


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Amenities

Fee charged for some activities For Overnight Permit
Parking Allow RV Parking
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  1.7 to 5 miles
  Latitude : 
38.9275
  Longitude : 
-120.0641
  Elevation : 
6480 feet - 9735 feet