From eight trailheads around the lake, you can connect with the 165-mile hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking path that follows the ridgetops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, at elevations between 6,000 and 10,000 feet, passing through six counties and incorporating about 50 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Panoramic views of the Tahoe Basin, gorgeous forests, stunning lakes, and wildflowery meadows are among the rewards.
One relatively easy segment starts at the west end of the Truckee Riveraccess parking lot on Highway 89, 0.25 mile south of the intersection of Highway 28 in Tahoe City. The first 2.5 miles meander through fir and pines to Paige Meadows. The Web site gives you very detailed descriptions of day hikes appropriate for all skill levels and for the various parts of the lake.