Snowshoeing in Tahoe

At least once a winter, we head up to Tahoe for some time in the snow.  We try to get in some skiing, but most of the time we are looking forward to snowshoeing.  If you have done it before, it is basically like hiking with extra large and wide shoes.

Fortunately, this year the snow is plentiful, and there were plenty of options as to where to go.


One of my favorite places to go is along the Tahoe Rim Trail, a trail that goes all the way around the lake.  While it goes all the way around, there are various places where you can connect with the trail and find a trailhead.


We have hiked it at a couple different points already, and decided to try a new section of the trail.  This time we joined the trail the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead.  It is located just outside of Incline Village, NV.  It’s not too far out of town, but the altitude does increase.  The trailhead is at about 8,000 feet.


With so much snow, and fresh snow from the night before, it was hard to know, exactly which way the trail actually went, but we eventually figured it out.

It was extremely cold on this outing, so we only did about a mile or so.  Usually we head out a few miles.  But it was scenic and fun all the same.

IMG_5281A grey and cold day with Lake Tahoe in the distance.

IMG_5296Heading into the trees



If you’re looking for good places to snowshoe in Tahoe, I would recommend the Tahoe Rim Trail, particularly the portion that starts along Highway 267 at Brockway.  If it’s a nice day, you some great views of the lake.

You can find more information on the Tahoe Rim Trail here.

Another good snowshoeing spot is the McKinnney-Rubicon trail on the western side of the lake near Tahoma.  In the summer, it is used for jeeps, but in the winter it’s great for snowshoeing.  You can hike into a couple different lakes, along side McKinney Creek.  Information on the trail is here.


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