Hike or Backpack to Clyde Lake

Glen Alpine

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

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water / water filtration
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (wool), trekking poles
  • Snacks, food and cookware
  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Medications / first aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
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RT Distance 14.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 2847 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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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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