Hike or Backpack to Clyde Lake

Glen Alpine

Distance

14.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

2847 Feet

Activities

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

Skill

Advanced

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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

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

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $63/night

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From $120/night

Falling Waters Oasis

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From $137/night

White Wolf Lodge

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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.

Distance

14.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

2847 Feet

Activities

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

Skill

Advanced

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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