Hike or Backpack to Clyde Lake

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Clyde Lake is a 14.8 mile hike in Desolation Wilderness, just outside of South Lake Tahoe. The hike to Clyde Lake can be done as a day trip or an overnight backpacking trip, as there is lots of stunning scenery to explore.

The Clyde Lake Trail is perfect for fly fishing, wildflower spotting, and enjoying changing forest scenery. If you hike this trail early in the season, there is an ice cave just before you reach Lake Heather. This trail also connects to Rockbound Pass and Emerald Bay. 

Photo: Sathish J

Distance

14.8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2847 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking

Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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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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Perfect For Flyflishing?

As far as I know all fish have been eradicated from Clyde lake as well as the outlet creek for a few miles, to protect native frogs. If there really are fish in there again I would love to hear about it.

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