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Lake Tahoe Hiking Getaway

7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Relax at luxurious, comfortable accommodations
  • Experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the largest lake in the Sierras
  • Hike to stunning alpine lakes nestled amongst granite peaks
  • Summit Mount Tallac, one of the highest peaks around Lake Tahoe
  • Explore charming Truckee and scenic South Lake Tahoe
Explore the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains and experience the beauty of expansive Lake Tahoe by way of the charming mountain town of Truckee and the scenic lake town of South Lake Tahoe. Hike through alpine meadows and peaceful forests of pine trees on your way to pristine alpine lakes nestled amongst glacially carved granite peaks. Challenge yourself to summit 9,738 foot tall Mount Tallac, one of the most prominent peaks in the area. Enjoy the flexibility of a drive and hike trip, and relax after each day's adventure in your luxurious four and five star accommodations.

What To Expect

This tour is graded moderate, with daily hikes averaging around 6-9 miles. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the expanse of Lake Tahoe by foot and with the flexibility of their own car. Hikers should expect longer treks along dirt trails and varied terrain, and exposed heights. Trails are well-signed, maintained, and traveled frequently. Enjoy staying at charming lodges and hotels each night.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Drive & Hike | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wellness & Spa
  • Mountains
  • Alpine Hiking

Inspiration:

  • New

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is graded moderate, with five days of hiking and a maximum distance of 13 miles. Daily hikes average around 6-9 miles (4-7 hours) along well-signed and well-traveled trails, regularly monitored and maintained by National Forest rangers and staff. The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily hikes will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use, which is recommended as cell service can at times be spotty within the National Park.

You will be provided with trip specific contact information in addition to 24/7 telephone support from Macs Adventure should you require assistance.

Accommodations

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 4 and 5 star hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included. 

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Dinner your first night is included at your hotel, as well as Lunches on Day 2, 3, 5, and 6. The remaining lunches and dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.

Included
  • 6 Nights at 4 or 5 star accommodations
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 4 packed lunches and 1 Dinner
  • Orientation briefing on night 1
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by-turn route notes and driving directions
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App for mobile phone
  • 24/7 telephone support
Excluded
  • Flights
  • Rental Car
  • Most lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during, or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and tips
Extras
  • Extra Nights in Truckee or South Lake Tahoe
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

When To Go

The best time to visit Lake Tahoe is between June and September for clear skies, warmer weather, and drier trails. July is also a great month to visit (winter season depending), as wildflowers are in full bloom or in September when fall foliage is at its peak.  This trip is available to start on any day of the week from June to October, during the peak summer and fall season. As these locations are year-round tourist destinations, we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates.

Note, due to the potential of a heavy snow winter in the Sierras, some of the higher elevations hikes for this trip may be impacted by snow into late June, and possibly as late as early July. Please call your Macs representative with any questions about the current snow-pack conditions and trip availability. 

Weather and Climate

As weather patterns in the mountains are often unpredictable and can change suddenly, hikers should be prepared for hiking in the rain, mud, and on the rare occasion, snow, should there be an early or late snow season that year.

Getting to the Start

By Air

Reno - Tahoe International Airport has flights from international and national destinations. Alternatively, you can fly into Sacramento or even San Francisco International

Upon arrival to the airport, follow signs pointing you in the direction of the rental car agency to pick-up your rental car. Budget, Enterprise and Hertz are some of the many rental car agencies available to rent from Reno. Driving to Truckee from the airport in Reno takes about 1 hour. 

Getting Around

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a packing list on what to bring. This includes warm and cold hiking gear, hiking boots, rain gear, and lots of other specifics.

Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items for a comfortable trip. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice. 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Truckee and overnight Day 2 Tunnel Creek hike 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Five Lakes hike 5 miles / 8 km Day 4 Hike the Rubicon Trail and drive to South Lake Tahoe 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Glen Alpine hike 9 miles / 15 km Day 6 Mt Tallac hike 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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