Lake Tahoe – Camping Grounds and Trails

Without a doubt, Lake Tahoe is a prominent destination for campers and bikers, especially during the summer when the atmospheric temperature is mild. Most of the campgrounds in this location can be found within the South and North ends of the Lake with variations in facilities and camp rules. In all, each of the campgrounds and trails provides an experience of the alluring geographical features of the Lake and the Sierra Nevada area.

Some of the campgrounds are listed below:

  • Goose Meadows Campground: It is located in North Lake Tahoe. Many visitors prefer this area for the additional fishing and hiking opportunities it provides. It is situated between the Truckee River and Highway 89 and surrounded by beautiful scenery comprising of lodgepole pine and fir trees. Here, campers can also enjoy swimming and tubing as well as hiking and biking in the surrounding trails.
     
  • Mount Rose Campground: Its uniqueness dwells in the location which is at an elevation of about 9300ft overlooking the Lake Tahoe. There are provisions for single, double and triple families with picnic tables and fire rings as well as potable water forming part of the facilities. There are also several hiking trails around this area.
     
  • Boca Rest Campground: It is located 15minutes from Truckee. There are opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing and hiking. The camp facilities also provide needed comfort.
     
  • Stampede Campgrounds: In contrast to the name, this is another safe relaxation spot with opportunities to fish year-round. It is a surface area of approximately 3,340 acres with 25miles of shoreline that can be accessed by paved road. Fish lovers long to visit this site due to the availability of kokanee salmon, rainbow and other species of fish.
     
  • William Kent Campground: This is a massive campground with about 95 major sites altogether, surrounded by big pine and fir trees. It is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
     
  • Nevada Beach Campground: It is situated in South Tahoe on the sandy shore among native pine trees, 3miles north of Stateline, Nevada. It provides opportunities for several recreational activities such as bicycling, swimming, nature viewing and non-motorized boating. Many of the sites have a view of the Lake.
     
  • Echo Lake Family Camp: It is another recreational campground in South Tahoe. The camp boasts of a swim area available to campers in the mornings and afternoons. Also, campers can leverage on the location of the campground along the Pacific Crest Trail to enjoy hiking. During their stay, visitors are provided with bunk beds or cots and mattresses. There are activities for different age groups of children, such as “Kiddie Kamp” for 2-5 year olds, Children’s Hour for 6-12 year olds and other activities for pre-teens and teens.
     
  • Fallen Leaf Campground: It is located less than a mile from the South shore of Lake Tahoe on the North Shore of Fallen Leaf Lake. Recreational activities available include water skiing, tubing, fishing in the Fallen Leaf Lake, backpacking and hiking across the 1-mile Moraine Trail. Facilities include: coin-operated showers, restrooms, campfire ring, pedestal grill, picnic table and many others. It is usually open from mid-May through mid-October.

Biking Trails

  • Tahoe Rim Trail: The TRT is about 165 miles long with a starting elevation of 8,740ft above the Tahoe Meadows on the Mt. Rose Highway and a finishing elevation of about 6320ft. It sure provides the needed fun and challenge for bikers.
     
  • Flume Trail is moderate in difficulty and stretches to about 14 miles with an elevation of 7000-8100ft including over 1000ft of climbing in the first 4 miles. It provides amazing views of Lake Tahoe’s Eastern shore. Flume Trail is one of Mountain Biking Magazine’s top 10 trails in the US.
     
  • Others include: The Bench (12.5 miles), Powerlines Trail (over 6.5 miles) and Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (10 miles)