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“Wonderful Hike!”
Review of Mt. Tallac Trail

Mt. Tallac Trail
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Want a wonderful days full of ever better views? Hike the Tallac Trail! Spring Summer or Fall, terrific and each one different.

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

The trail up to the summit of Mount Tallic is a moderate to difficult hike. We camped about a third of the way up before doing the summit the next day. There are bears in the area, so remember to be aware and to secure any food or smelly items appropriately. The view from the summit is worth the work to get there.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

My wife, grown daughter and I visited Lake Tahoe in mid September. We like to day hike on our trips and there usually is one big one. On this trip Mt Tallac was the one. It is rated as strenuous but there is a portion that is rated only moderate (that's about my wife's and my limit). That part of the hike goes to two lakes - 1.7 miles to Floating Island Lake and 2.5 to Cathedral Lake for a total of 5 miles, in and out. Maybe that's not a lot for you but its pretty good for us. It is part of the Desolation Wilderness (which is just fun to say). The trail winds up a ridge to the top then follows the spine for a bit. The views are nothing short of fantastic! Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake are just magnificent! The trail continues up and down to Floating Island Lake, a small calm lake with mirror reflections of its surroundings. We continued up to Cathedral Lake an even smaller lake that feels almost on top of the world. The trail continues another 2.5 strenuous miles to the summit of Mt. Tallac but we opted out of that part. When we were there quite a few people passed us on their way to the summit yet it felt like we had the place to ourselves most of the time. It was a beautiful hike, certainly worth the effort

7  Thank danieloW7812SH
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This hike is not for the weak. It is a very strenuous hike especially if you are not an experienced hiker. My boyfriend and I are not experienced hikers but we gave this a shot. It was difficult at times and easy at times. However, it was absolutely worth it. The view from the summit is spectacular. Along the way there are amazing views but nothing beats the view from the top of the mountain. It's not for beginners and we did very well. It starts off easy but gets more difficult the higher you go up. I'm pretty sure the only reason we were able to do this was because we both have very strong legs, other than that, might not have made it to the top. But. but. but, it was so worth it. If you can do it, go all the way up to the top. Start early.

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Great trail wth stunning views down onto Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake. The trail is fairly straightforward to start with but once you get out of the forest areas and onto the mountain side, it is fairly rocky and reasonably hard going. It wasn't too strenuous but our legs were getting tired as we approached the summit. It took us about 6.5 hours including a couple of stops for food. We didn't stop too long at the top as the heights and sheer drops don't make for the most relaxing stop, especially when the wind picks up but we did take a few stunning pictures and we also met some fellow hikers from various places around the world.

Whilst the way down was less strenuous, it did require more concentration and we did find the rocky terrain a little tedious by the time we got back down.

All in all, I would recommend this trail but be sure to take lots of water and snacks and of course good shoes as the terrain does require steady footing.

1  Thank ClaireOsm
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