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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

    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Photograph Lake Tahoe’s Inspiration Point

      4.7
      Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay is a national natural landmark and is one of the prettiest parts of the lake.  Inspiration Point is located along route 89 on the Southwest side of Tahoe about 10 miles from South Lake Tahoe or about 33 miles South from Truckee.  It is very easy to get to, and its high va...
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    • Emigrant Gap, California

      33mi Loop to Donner Lake

      33 mi
      We love this 33-mile loop on old Highway 40 from Cisco Grove to Donner Lake and back. It has just about everything: a few flats, a long slow pull, rollers, a screaming downhill, a tough Alpine climb and a long, cruising downhill. Not to mention altitude. The ride starts at a little above 6,000 fe...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Camp at Bayview Campground

      5.0
      Bayview is a first come, first serve campground in South Lake Tahoe, halfway between Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake. You can catch an amazing sunrise over Emerald Bay! Large pine trees provide ample shade, and each site is equipped with a picnic table, grill, and bear boxes. Bring plenty of water -...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Explore Lake Tahoe's Vikingsholm Castle

      4.0
      The drive to the location of Vikingsholm was beautiful with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay, when approached from South Lake Tahoe. The hike down the hill to see this gem was worth it but could be hard for some (because the only return is up this somewhat steep path with switchbac...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Maggie's Peaks

      5.0
      3.85 mi / 1663 ft gain
      This hike starts from the Bayviews Campground Trailhead. This day use area is usually pretty crowded so arrive early to get a parking spot. There is parking a quarter of a mile into the campground near the trail head, but if there is no room there is overflow parking just outside of the camping a...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Cascade Falls

      4.8
      1.32 mi / 98 ft gain
      Starting out at the Bayview Trailhead you will make your way out through the campground towards the trail. Once you find the trail it is a simple way to the falls. It starts out as a wide trail and winds through the pine and fir trees. You will come to some stone steps as the trail narrows for th...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Backpack to Eagle Lake and Dick's Lake

      4.5
      13 mi / 1500 ft gain
      Get ready to get your lake on! This backpacking trip will take you 13+ miles through awesome scenery to several alpine lakes.Starting at the Bayview Campground, off of HWY 89, this hike follows the Granite Lake Trail along a difficult climb. Don't let the climb discourage you! As you climb, the v...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Hike to Snow Lake in Desolation Wilderness

      5.0
      5 mi
      This wonderful alpine lake is a relatively short hike in Desolation Wilderness and is a perfect introduction to off trail exploration. This area lacks the crowds that other lakes in Desolation garner because most maps don't show the trail leading to the lake. Although there is a rough trail, the ...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Lower, Middle, and Upper Velma Lakes

      3.0
      10.14 mi / 2316 ft gain
      The hike starts at Bayview Trailhead (Latitude: 38.938619 | Longitude: -120.14197). A wooden sign points right to "Desolation" and left to Cascade Falls. Follow the sign towards Desolation. The first 3/4 mile is comprised of switch-backs that lead to a high point with a spectacular view of Lake T...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Swim in Granite Lake

      5.0
      1.25 mi / 900 ft gain
      Granite Lake is a pristine alpine lake near Lake Tahoe just off the Highway 89 above Emerald Bay. To get there park at the Bayview Campground Trailhead, which can be pretty crowded in peak season so get there early. The trail begins with an split: right takes you into the Desolation Wilderness (a...
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    • New Washoe City, Nevada

      Ski or Snowboard Mt. Rose

      5.0
      The Resort is located about 30 miles (50 km) south of Reno in the Carson Range. Mt. Rose is Tahoe's highest base elevation at about 8,260 ft (2,520 m) and the summit is 9,700 ft (3,000 m). The resort area is 1,200 acres (4.9 km2), and is located in the Toiyabe National Forest.See the resort map h...
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    • Glenbrook, Nevada

      Kayak Zephyr Cove

      Zephyr Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic starting point for a host of water sports and activities and given the protected nature of the cove, a great place for kayaking for both beginners are more advance kayakers. Depending on the time of year and the water level on the nort...
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    • Glenbrook, Nevada

      Camp at Zephyr Cove

      Zephyr Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic starting point for a host of water sports and outdoor activities, from wake surfing to backpacking to trail running on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The Zephyr Cove Resort campground has 47 walk-in campsites and 10 drive-in campsites in additio...
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    • Glenbrook, Nevada

      Explore Emerald Bay by Boat from Zephyr Cove

      Zephyr Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic starting point for a host of water sports and activities including a boat ride across Lake Tahoe to explore Emerald Bay. To get to Zephyr Cove take Highway 50 north for 7 miles out of South Lake Tahoe and turn left into the Zephyr Cove...
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    • Glenbrook, Nevada

      Stand Up Paddle Board Zephyr Cove

      Zephyr Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic starting point for a host of water sports and activities and given the protected nature of the cove, a great place to do stand up paddle board. Depending on the time of year and the water level on the northern end of the beach there ar...
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    • Glenbrook, Nevada

      Wake Board Zephyr Cove

      Zephyr Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic starting point for a host of water sports and activities and given the protected nature of the cove, a great place to wake surf and to *learn* to wake surf To get to Zephyr Cove take Highway 50 north for 7 miles out of South Lake Tahoe...
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