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Mt. Tallac

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Spectacular view of Mt. Tallac from Taylor Creek Meadow – Will Heart. Photo courtsey of Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

ADA Accessibility Notes

None, although viewing opportunities are available at the USFS Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.

Mt. Tallac is the tallest peak directly on the edge of Lake Tahoe. Its "cross" formation is visible from much of South Lake Tahoe. The views from the top of Tallac are incredible in all directions. Historically, when Spring Creek Road was open and plowed in the winter, climbing Tallac on skis or splitboard was relatively easy.

The trailhead is located approximately 3-1/2 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Look for the Mt. Tallac Trailhead sign directly across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach. Turn left down the dirt road and continue to the trailhead parking. This is a strenuous hike to the summit of Mt. Tallac which is almost 5 miles one way. It is an all day hike and will take most hikers 6 hours or more. For a shorter hike along the way, you can travel 1.6 miles to Floating Island Lake.

You will need to complete a wilderness permit. For day hikers these are available at the trailhead, for those staying overnight you will need to purchase a permit at the Forest Service Office. For more info contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530.543.2600.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Most of Mt Tallac lies within the Desolation Wilderness.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed, but please keep them under voice control.

Trail Distance

4.8 miles to Mt. Tallac summit, 9.6 round trip

Vertical Gain or Loss

3,450