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Lake Tahoe's 10 Best Summer Adventures

By: Jake Young + Save to a List

Often heralded as America’s best lake, Lake Tahoe has enough to keep you adventuring all day long. From hiking and camping to paddling and chillin, Lake Tahoe is a mecca for outdoor adventure. While the weather is warm and sunny, it’s a perfect time to hit both the trails and the beaches and these 10 adventures are a great way to start exploring the Lake of the Sky.

1. The Pots

Photo: Jake Young

The Pots are naturally formed granite swimming holes near Silver Lake, which is about 45 minutes south of Lake Tahoe. Whether you are camping or just hanging for the day, this spot is an incredible way to soak up the alpine country while missing the crowds. Learn more.

2. Alpine Lakes of Desolation Wilderness

Photo: Jake Young

Travel to the heart of Desolation Wilderness and explore the almost endless granite flows surrounding Lake Aloha. This hike takes you on the Pacific Crest Trail and is a great introduction hike to one of the nation’s most popular wilderness areas. Learn more.

3. Emerald Bay

Photo: Christian Arballo

Emerald Bay is hands down one of the most scenic parts of Lake Tahoe. Be sure to explore and photograph this iconic area. Learn more.

4. Bonsai Rock

Photo: Lisa Bao

Want to take that perfect sunset photo on Lake Tahoe? This popular photography attraction takes you to a unique boulder with smalls trees growing out of it on the shores of Tahoe. Learn more.

5. Mt. Tallac

Photo: Christian Arballo

Although this hike can be slightly crowded, this hike yields one of the best views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area that you can find. Learn more.

6. Maggie’s Peaks

Photo: Jake Young

Didn’t get enough views from the Beach at Emerald Bay? Try hiking to two towering peaks that overlook Emerald Bay. Learn more.

7. Waterfall Camp

Photo: Jake Young

Although this hike can be done as a day hike, it is an awesome place to camp. There is a lot to explore and you will want to spend as much there time as you can. Learn more.

8. Meeks Bay

Photo: Brian Walker

The water at Meek’s Bay is unbelievably clear and you can choose between hugging the shoreline or heading out towards the deep blue. Learn more.

9. Kiva Beach

Photo: Jake Young

It’s summer time and the beaches are crowded. Head to this dog friendly beach to dodge the tourists and soak up the sun. Learn more.

10. Angora Ridge Fire Lookout

Photo: Jake Young

This hike or drive up to the Angora Ridge Fire Lookout will give you spectacular views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe as well as an incredible view into Desolation Wilderness. Learn more.

Head to the Lake Tahoe Visitor Bureaus for more great adventure recommendations!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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