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  • Olympic Valley, California

    Olympic Valley, California is a popular area for adventure seekers. From scenic trails to must-visit attractions, this area has something for everyone. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities, and the area offers a variety of trails for all skill levels. Other outdoor adventures include kayaking, rafting, and fishing. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there are plenty of scenic spots to take in the views. Popular attractions in and near the area include Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and Emerald Bay. Whether you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a peaceful retreat, Olympic Valley has it all. With so many amazing outdoor activities and attractions, it's no wonder why it's such a popular destination.

    Top Spots in and near Olympic Valley

    • 39.333252,-120.289482

      Donner Lake Rim Trail: Johnson Canyon to Trout Creek

      A perfect Sunday hike on your way back from a weekend at Lake Tahoe. Exit I-80 at Donner Lake and take the dirt road on the north side of I-80 to a large parking lot. A mild climb followed by a set of tougher switchbacks leads you to great views from Donner Ridge. Although adventuring out on t...
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    • Tahoe City, California

      Hike the Ellis Peak Trail

      5.0
      6.3 mi / 1660 ft gain
      The Ellis Peak Trail is close to North Lake Tahoe. The trail features scenic wildflowers in the spring and summer. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash.  Directions from Truckee: Take Highway 80 south and drive to Tahoe City - continue south on Highway 89 from Tahoe City for 4....
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    • Kings Beach, California

      SUP from Kings Beach

      5.0
      This is a super fun way to enjoy the day, get some exercise and see some really cool parts of the lake that are usually hidden. You can rent boards/ paddles at a few different places either for the day or by the hour. Bring some water, sun block and a camera...if you dare! Once the day is done ...
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    • Truckee, California

      Mt. Judah Loop Trail

      5.0
      5.5 mi / 1700 ft gain
      A wonderful hike in Lake Tahoe is the Mt. Judah Loop Trail that offers sweeping views of Donner Lake and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains on the North Shore. As a resident on the North Shore, many of my recreational activities favor this side of the Lake but there are marvelous hikes in ...
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    • Truckee, California

      Cross-Country Ski to Drifter Hut

      3.0
      9.6 mi / 980 ft gain
      Set out from the Tahoe Donner Cross Country center in Truckee at 6,650 feet elevation. Day passes range from $12 to $34, depending on time of day and skier age, and provide access to over 100 kilometers of groomed trails. Leaving the day lodge, there are multiple options for skiing up to Drifter ...
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    • Soda Springs, California

      Hike to the Peter Benson Hut

      5.0
      11.6 mi / 1800 ft gain
      Drive to the top of Donner Summit via the Old Hwy 40 and park at the Donner Summit PCT trailhead, just past the Sugar Bowl Academy Building. Begin hiking up-hill through a somewhat forested area for about 2 miles. Shortly after you pass the trail sign for the Mt. Judah Loop, you will come to a sm...
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    • Soda Springs, California

      Snowshoe to the Peter Grubb Hut

      5.0
      8 mi
      The Peter Grubb Hut is located below Castle Peak in Round Valley, 3 miles north of the Castle Peak trailhead near I-80. Overnight parking is available at the California Sno-Park at the Boreal-Castle Peak exit on I-80. Park on the frontage road east of the Boreal Inn and walk back under the freewa...
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    • Incline Village, Nevada

      Quick Hike and Photo Op at Stateline

      5.0
      2 mi
      This quick 2-mile RT hike takes you to a lookout point above the Stateline of California and Nevada. The road to the lookout is paved so beginners can make the trek to the top in the summer; winter covers the road with snow, so snowshoes or boots are recommended. The lookout offers spectacular vi...
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    • Incline Village, Nevada

      Walk to the Historic Stateline Fire Lookout site

      5.0
      1.8 mi / 340 ft gain
      The hike up to the Historic Stateline Fire Lookout above Lake Tahoe's Crystal Bay area is somewhat of a misnomer, as the fire lookout no longer exists. Instead, the path, which follows a paved forest road, up to the site where the tower once stood will bring hikers to a panoramic viewpoint that l...
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    • Soda Springs, California

      Hike to the Top of Andesite Peak

      5 mi / 1000 ft gain
      From the trail map sign, follow the dirt path straight, following signs for the cross-country skiing route, not snowmobiling. Continue until you see a trail marker. You'll veer left to head over to the Hole in the Ground trail. Once you see another identical trail map board, you'll head left. Thi...
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    • Soda Springs, California

      Summit Castle Peak

      4.0
      6 mi / 1800 ft gain
      The trailhead is very easy to access as it is just off Highway 80 at the Boreal Mountain exit. When taking the exit, take a turn to the North, rather than to Boreal on the South side of the Highway. On busy summer weekends this trailhead can get quite crowded so you may have to park at the bottom...
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    • Tahoma, California

      Backpack to Crag Lake

      4.0
      11.1 mi / 1220 ft gain
      Day 1:This trip is a great early season trip while you are waiting for the snow to melt in the high country or it could be a good first backpacking trip because of its proximity to the trailhead and the fact that it's a relatively easy hike.  Also, you get to camp by a beautiful lake with a drama...
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    • Tahoma, California

      Meeks Bay

      4.7
      Nestled along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Meeks Bay is a great destination offering a blend of outdoor adventure and relaxation. With its crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, Meeks Bay is great for swimming especially on hot summer days or after hitting the trails. Whether you're see...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Paddle from Meeks Bay to D.L. Bliss

      The water at Meeks Bay is perfectly crystal clear, a mix of different blues and greens – you can see the bottom floor in most places. Hug the buoy line to have a clear view to the lake's bottom, or cruise the dark blue waters where the lake falls off from 20ft deep to some of its deepest levels o...
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    • Truckee, California

      Backpack the Palisades Creek Trail

      4.0
      15 mi / 2200 ft gain
      After driving out to Kidd Lakes and parking at the trailhead, you take off through some easy forest hiking past Cascade Lakes and Long Lake. Pay attention to the cairns marking the trail as you traverse across a large granite section with Devils Peak to your West. The trail is easy to follow and ...
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    • Truckee, California

      Swim at Long Lake near Truckee

      3.7
      1.5 mi / 100 ft gain
      The story goes that twenty or so years ago, long before the advent of the Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Area, some local Truckee boys decided to put a couple rope swings up on Long Lake near Soda Springs, CA, and they remain there to this day.Long Lake sits amongst a cluster of both man-made and ...
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