Hike the Floating Island & Cathedral Lakes Trail

Hike the Floating Island & Cathedral Lakes Trail

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Distance

4.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

1197 Feet

Activities

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

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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

Community Photos

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

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Distance

4.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

1197 Feet

Activities

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

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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