Hike the Floating Island & Cathedral Lakes Trail

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The Floating Island & Cathedral Lakes Trail is a 4.7 mile hike in El Dorado National Forest, just outside of South Lake Tahoe. This is a great hike for all skill levels, featuring a scenic lake and amazing view of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake.

The trail can be crowded on weekends - arrive early to ensure that parking is a breeze. This is a great trail from spring through fall - watch for snow and ice patches. The trail is relatively paved with river rocks and is easy to follow. In the spring, make sure to wear waterproof boots as you will have to cross over several small waterfalls and snowmelt creeks. In the fall, the foliage is amazing. Year-round, the alpenglow at sunset is sure to take your breath away. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. Watch for bears and other large mammals. 

Photo: Martin Hapl

Distance

4.7 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1197 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
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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