Best Running in South Lake Tahoe

Looking for the best running in South Lake Tahoe? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around South Lake Tahoe. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • 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...

  • Hike to Half Moon Lake in Desolation Wilderness

    This hike starts at the Glen Alpine Trailhead near Fallen Leaf Lake. Because Desolation is a wilderness area, you are required to fill out a day-use permit which can be found at the trailhead. If you are backpacking make sure to obtain an overnigh...

    11 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Backpack to Gilmore Lake in Desolation Wilderness

    The easiest way to get to Gilmore Lake is to start at the Glen Alpine trailhead. The trail head is southwest of Fallen Leaf Lake. There is a decently sized parking lot at the trailhead, but parking is also available on the road up. Because desolat...

    8 miles 1901 ft gain

  • Hike or Backpack to Clyde Lake

    The Clyde Lake Trail is perfect for fly fishing, wildflower spotting, and enjoying changing forest scenery. If you hike this trail early in the season, there is an ice cave just before you reach Lake Heather. This trail also connects to Rockbound ...

    14.8 miles 2847 ft gain

  • Explore the Lighthouse Trail

    D.L. Bliss State Park is known for its camping, beaches, and enjoyable hiking trails. There is a day-use fee for entry into the park - you can pay at the ranger kiosk or a self-serve pay box. The park closes around the end of September, but you ca...

    2.3 miles 449 ft gain

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

    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 parkin...

    2.3 miles 505 ft gain

  • 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

  • Hike the Eagle Ridge Trial

    The Eagle Ridge Trail is open year-round. This trail does have a significant elevation gain at the end, so make sure all party members are comfortable with hiking uphill. The trail is part of a larger Genoa Trail system. The Eagle Ridge Trail is s...

    4.3 miles 1758 ft gain

  • Hike Pyramid Peak via Rocky Canyon

    Pyramid Peak is the tallest peak in the Crystal Range and the Desolation Wilderness, just west of Lake Tahoe. On a clear day it can be seen from the Bay Area over 150 miles away. Named for its distinct shape, Pyramid a massive heap of glaciated gr...

    7.4 miles 4100 ft gain

  • Camp at Kaspian Campground

    Kaspian Campground is a short walk from the shores of Lake Tahoe, less than 10 miles from popular Meeks Bay. The campsites are relatively private and are surrounded by pine and fir trees. Each campsite has a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. The...

    6298 ft gain

  • Hike the Ellis Peak Trail

    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 - c...

    6.3 miles 1660 ft gain