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Lake Tahoe


Self-guided nature Trails

Rainbow Trail
Discover wildflowers along the way to the Stream Profile Chamber and learn the importance of marshes and meadows to the clarity of Lake Tahoe.
The Rainbow Trail is an easy, paved, 1/2 mile nature trail. The entire trail, including the Stream Profile Chamber, is wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center does have one wheelchair they are happy to provide to anyone needing this assistance. Please be aware that there are two entrances to the Stream Profile Chamber.
One is much more gradual than the other and provides better access for wheelchairs. Since there are three trails leading to the Stream Profile Chamber, we encourage you to take a moment to check out both entrances before proceeding.
People experiencing a visual impairment will soon have an audio tape presentation of the Rainbow Trail available.

The Stream Profile Chamber
Watch trout and other aquatic life through the window of this underground viewing chamber at Taylor Creek. The Chamber is located 1/4 mile down the Rainbow Trail.
We also suggest that you visit the Rainbow Trail and Stream Profile Chamber during fall for the Kokanee Salmon spawning run. From the Chamber windows you will be able to watch the bright red salmon digging their nests and defending them from marauders.

Lake Of The Sky Trail
Starting behind the visitor center, follow this easy 3/8 mile walk past the amphitheater to the south shore of Lake Tahoe.
Interpretive signs along the trail relate the first impressions famous Tahoe visitors like Mark Twain and John Muir had of this grand alpine lake.

Smokey's Trail
Safe campfire construction is the theme on this trail that begins just outside the Visitor Center.
Children who walk the trail and can remember the procedures for a safe campfire will receive a reward from the Visitor Center. Easy walk - 1/8 mile.

Tallac Historic Site Trail
From Kiva Beach Picnic Area, stroll along the historic promenade and past the remains of Lucky Baldwin's Tallac House, gambling casino, and Tallac Hotel. Then enter the grounds of the Baldwin-McGonagle, Pope and Valhalla summer homes.
Ask for the Tallac Historic Site brochure. Easy 3/4 mile walk through the historic site.

Aspen trees displaying their fall colors high above Lake Tahoe
Aspen trees displaying their fall colors high above 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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