Top Adventures in Markleeville

  • Snowmobile at Hope Valley Sno-Park

    Book a snowmobile trip through a local adventure center (we love Lake Tahoe Adventures) or bring your own gear. Don't forget to grab permits ahead of time if you come on your own (more info here.) Drive (from anywhere) to Highway 88 and the snow p...

  • Backpack to Grouse Lake

    It is a 6 mile hike to Grouse Lake. You begin at the trailhead which is right by the Upper Blue Lake Camp Ground. Park in the dirt parking area and then cross the metal footbridge, and you will see the trailhead marker on your left.The trail takes...

    12 miles 1575 ft gain

  • Hike to Freel Peak

    Mt. Tallac may be one of the Lake Tahoe Basin's most famous peaks to hike because of its fantastic views of Lake Tahoe, but my personal favorite view in Tahoe is from the top of Freel Peak or Jobs Sister. Freel Peak is the tallest peak in the Lak...

    7.3 miles 2474 ft gain

  • Hike to Round Top Peak

    This hike begins at Carson Pass which is accessible from Highway 88. The trail leaves from the parking lot (parking requires a fee of $5) and is easy to follow. After about a mile, you'll pass Frog Lake on the left, which is a nice place to stop f...

    9 miles 1821 ft gain

  • Hike The Sisters in the Mokelumnee Wilderness

    The Sisters offer a great day hike with fun scrambling and beautiful views of the Northern Sierra, Lake Tahoe, the Mokelumnee Wilderness, and the Carson River Canyon.The trail to The Sisters begins at Woods Lake (38.6855° N, 120.0095° W), at the e...

    8 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Take in the View at Topaz Lake

    Topaz Lake is a family-friendly Lake within a days drive from Reno/ Lake Tahoe area. As you descend Washoe Valley into the Minden area, wonderful open pastures lend itself to gorgeous vistas.

  • Hike from Big Meadow to Round Lake

    The Big Meadow to Round Lake Trail is accessible year-round as it can be snowshoed in the winter. The trail is surrounded by dense wilderness, and the silence from the forests is a beautiful sound. Dogs are allowed on this trail! This is also a gr...

    6.1 miles 1184 ft gain

  • Backpack Showers Lake

    The Showers Lake Trail winds through beautiful meadows, with the majority of the elevation gain occurring at the very beginning and end of the hike. Early in the season, some of the trail has snow on it so it is recommended to bring trekking poles...

    16.2 miles 3090 ft gain

  • TRT Big Meadow to Echo Summit

    Between Big Meadow and Echo Summit, the trail wanders from meadows to lakes to creeks, and through dense stands of pine, fir and aspen. The trail heads south from Big Meadow trailhead across a gently rolling landscape of grassy meadows and fragran...

  • Hike to Round Lake through Big Meadow

    You will start out at the Big Meadow trailhead at the Luther Pass parking lot. It's three miles one way.  Near the end of the hike just before the lake the rock formations are prime...big trees, a crystal stream. The trail is well defined and easy...

    3 miles 1197 ft gain

  • Climb Lookout Peak in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

    Lookout Peak in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness off Highway 4 provides solitude and wonderful views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada including the Mokelumnee and Emigrant Wildernesses. Even on summer weekends you'll likely have the peak and surround...

    4 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Climb Peep Sight Peak in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

    Peep Sight Peak in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness off Highway 4 provides solitude and wonderful views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada including the Mokelumnee and Emigrant Wildernesses. Even on summer weekends you'll likely have the peak and surro...

    7 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Markleeville, California

      Indian Creek Campground (Ca)

      Overview Indian Creek Campground is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada between the California towns of Woodfords and Markleeville. Elevation in the area ranges from 5,600 feet a...

    • Alpine State Highway

      Silver Creek

      Overview Silver Creek Campground is located near the town of Markleeville on scenic Highway 4. Visitors enjoy fishing various waterways in the area and exploring the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Rec...

    • Kit Carson Campground Road

      Kit Carson Campground

      Overview Nestled in a forest of Jeffrey pines and aspens, Kit Carson campground is perfect for tent camping and smaller RVs. The west fork of the Carson River is located next to the campground, wit...

    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Hope Valley

      Overview Hope Valley Campground is located in its beautiful namesake valley at an elevation of 7,300 feet, just 40 minutes south of Lake Tahoe. Visitors enjoy fishing the West Fork Carson River and...

    • Coleville, California

      Coleville / Walker KOA

    • Arnold, California

      (Lake Alpine) Silver Valley Campground

      Overview Silver Valley Campground is located in the Calveras Ranger District, at the east end of Lake Alpine Recreation Area in a timbered setting near several trailheads.Recreation Lake Alpine pro...

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