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Pollock Pines, California

Pollock Pines in California is the perfect spot for top outdoor adventures. The best trails and outdoor activities here include the scenic Sly Park Recreation Area and Jenkinson Lake. These are must-visit locations for hiking and water activities. The hiking trail around Jenkinson Lake is moderately challenging, spanning about 8.5 miles with beautiful views of the water. Another highlight is the Lovers Leap Trail, a 4.4-mile hike that offers stunning views of unique rock formations. For those seeking water-based activities, fishing and boating are popular at Jenkinson Lake. Nearby, the Eldorado National Forest is an extensive natural area for camping and hiking, with its own set of distinct landmarks. Enjoy the best of California's outdoors in Pollock Pines.

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    Baldwin Beach

    4.5
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Paddle from Baldwin Beach to Emerald Bay

    4.0
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  • El Dorado County, California

    Photograph Black Bears at Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe

    / 30 ft gain
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Photograph Fallen Leaf Lake's Cascading Falls

    5.0
    This amazing waterfall is right off the road near the Fallen Leaf Campground. Once you enter the campground keep driving straight just a bit further and you will see a pull off on the right hand side. Pull off here and you should see the cascading waterfalls between the trees. Park here, get you...
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake

    5.0
    Fallen Leaf Lake is truly one of the more beautiful places in California. Separated from Lake Tahoe by just a one-mile strip of land, it feels worlds away from the crowds and fuss. The campground has over 200 sites that can be reserved here. There are endless hikes nearby including Mount Tallac a...
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Photograph the Milky Way over Fallen Leaf Lake

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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Swim at Fallen Leaf Lake

    4.0
    Lake Tahoe has so many beautiful and breath-taking places to visit, hike, camp, wander around, etc. and Fallen Leaf Lake is definitely one of them. It's free to visit and park too and it is an easy hike from the parking area to the lake. The lake is very tranquil and serene and for those who wa...
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Hike the Lighthouse Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park

    4.8
    2.3 mi / 505 ft gain
    The Lighthouse Trail is a 2.3 mile loop located in D.L. Bliss State Park on the lower west side of world famous Lake Tahoe. To get the trail, enter the park through the main entrance ($10 parking fee), the  follow the road until you see two parking areas of the left side with about 6 or 7 spots e...
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Hike the Rubicon Trail

    5.0
    7 mi / 400 ft gain
    The Rubicon Trail is a through hike connecting D.L. Bliss State Park and Emerald Bay State Park.  You can start at either point.  I opted to start at D.L. Bliss State Park to avoid the long walk uphill to catch the Nifty Fifty shuttle.  Also, there is more available parking at Bliss.  Park your c...
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Hike the Fallen Leaf Lake Trail

    5.0
    8.1 mi / 859 ft gain
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  • Tahoma, California

    Backpack to Crag Lake

    4.0
    11.1 mi / 1220 ft gain
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Chillin at Lake Tahoe's Kiva Beach

    4.7
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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    Paddle from Kiva Beach to Emerald Bay

    4.0
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    Paddle from Meeks Bay to D.L. Bliss

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  • Alpine County, California

    Hike Round Top Summit and Winnemucca Lake Loop

    6.6 mi / 1272 ft gain
    This hike begins near the Woods Lake campground. Start off by hiking towards Winnemucca Lake. You will begin your journey going through the forest beside a crystal-clear stream. Soon the trail opens up to become more open, full of all colours of wild flowers. You follow this breathtaking trail up...
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  • Alpine County, California

    Hike The Sisters in the Mokelumnee Wilderness

    8 mi / 2500 ft gain
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