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Lake Tahoe


Cross Country Skiing South Shore

Tallac Historic Site Trail
A flat, marked trail perfect for beginners. See great views of Mt. Tallac. Parking is located 3.5 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. A Sno-Park permit is required for parking. Pick up the Taylor Creek cross-country skiing brochure from our office which includes three more short trail suggestions located in the area. Snowmobiles are NOT allowed.

Grass Lake:
A great area for novice skiers, you can ski over a frozen bog surrounded by aspen groves. Unmarked paths lead to Hope Valley as well. Grass Lake is also popular for moonlight skiing. Take Highway 89 South from South Lake Tahoe to Luther Pass and park in one of the plowed turnouts. Snowmobiles are NOT allowed.

Hope Valley:
This large, flat meadow is surrounded by aspens and pines. It is a great place to try moonlight skiing. Use caution crossing streams, as ice or snow bridges are usually weak. Take Highway 89 south from South Lake Tahoe to Highway 88. Limited parking is available along the road near the Burnside Lake Turnoff. Cross the road and ski the meadow northwest of the road. Snowmobiles are NOT allowed.

Taylor Creek
This flat ski trail offers a scenic and enjoyable experience for all skill levels of cross-country skiers. The loop trail traverses through open meadows and aspen groves. Take highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately 3-1/2 miles to the Taylor Creek Sno-Park. A Sno-Park permit is required. Snowmobiles are NOT allowed. Pick up the Taylor Creek cross-country skiing brochure from our office for a more detailed map.

Echo Lakes
An unmarked, almost flat trail parallels the lakes before climbing in elevation to Desolation Wilderness. If you are planning a trip into the backcountry, be sure to check the avalanche danger and obtain a wilderness permit. Day use permits are available at the trailhead, overnight users must register at our office in South Lake Tahoe or at the Eldorado Information Center in Camino on Highway 50. Take Highway 50 to Echo Summit and turn onto Echo Lakes Road. Park in the echo Lakes Sno-Park. Overnight Parking is allowed for Desolation Wilderness campers. A Sno-Park permit is required. Parking is not allowed on the north side of the road. Pick up the Echo Lakes cross-country skiing brochure from our office for additional information. Snowmobiles are NOT allowed.

Angora Road
Recommended for the most advanced skier, this trail provides some of the best views of the Lake Tahoe valley and Fallen Leaf Lake. some snowmobiles are usually present. Take Lake Tahoe Blvd. 2-1/2 miles south of the "Y" in South Lake Tahoe. Turn Right on Tahoe Mountain Road and climb to the ridgetop. Turn right at the "T" intersection on Glenmore Way. Take an immediate left on Dundee Circle and another left on the next street. Park along the road. Ski or walk down the road and turn left on Forest Service Road 12n14. This road leads to Angora Lookout and up to Angora Lakes.

Trout Creek/Fountain Place
Recommended for advanced skiers, this unmarked trail leads through a meadow and down an unplowed road. Snowmobiles are allowed. From Meyers, turn right on Pioneer Trail. Continue 3/4 of a mile to Oneidas Street and turn right. Park on Oneidas where the snow plowing stops. Ski two miles along Fountain Place Road to Trout Creek. For the advanced skier, continue skiing to Fountain Place, approximately 4 miles.

Back country adventures await in the high Sierra mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe
Back country adventures await in the high Sierra mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe



Document Information
Source: USGS; USDA Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Other information courtesy of: North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Visitors and Convention Bureau; Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center; South Lake Tahoe CVB; Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA)
Last modified: 20070415
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