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Follow the links listed below to view trail maps for the Tahoe Basin. Hikes are organized by location in relation to Lake Tahoe. You will find maps for the north, south, east and west shores, and a map for Meiss Country located south of the Lake Tahoe Basin. When hiking, a topographic map and compass are recommended as some areas have no cell service. Forest maps are always helpful and are available for purchase from our office.  

Weather conditions in the mountains can change rapidly. Be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment, no matter how short the hike. Bring water and food to prevent dehydration and exhaustion. If you bring your pet on the trail, put it on a leash to minimize its impact on wildlife and other visitors. Observe common courtesy and follow trail regulations.

Desolation Wilderness visitors must obtain a permit before entering. Day-use permits may be self-issued at most trailheads. Overnight users may obtain a permit online at https://www.recreation.gov/permits/233261

Other Trail Resources

Recreational Opportunity Guides


For the safety of our communities, wildlife and forests, Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest lands are under year-round fire restrictions per Forest Order No. 19-19-02

This means campfires and charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in designated campgrounds like Fallen Leaf or Nevada Beach.

Campfires and charcoal are not allowed in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country; along the Tahoe Rim Trail or Genoa Peak Road; in any backcountry rock fire rings; on National Forest beaches; or in the general forest. 

Illegal campfires should be reported immediately to 911.

Portable pressurized gas stoves are allowed in all areas with a valid California Campfire Permit obtainable online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/.

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