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Mt. Tallac Hike

Details of a challenging day hike or part of a long-term trip itinerary to the summit of Mt. Tallac, the dominant mountain feature of the Lake Tahoe south shore.

The summit of Mt. Tallac rises majestically above the Lake Tahoe area (elevation 9,700 ft.). The strenuous hike to the summit provides a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and the Desolation Wilderness. There are two routes to the summit. The more direct root begins at the Mt. Tallac Trailhead, the second (slightly longer, but more gradual) begins at the Glen Alpine Trailhead. Following the second route, the first part of the hike to Gilmore Lake is moderate, but from there the trail climbs steeply to the summit of Mt. Tallac; overall, this route is 6 miles in distance with an elevation gain of 3,200 ft.

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lake tahoe hiking trails, mt tallac, mountain climbing, glen alpine, gilmore lake This map shows the two routes up to the Mt. Tallac summit. The more direct route from the Mt. Tallac Trailhead is 5 miles (elevation gain 3,250 ft.). The 6 mile route from the Glen Alpine Trailhead via Gilmore Lake is a more gradual climb.
lake tahoe hiking trails, gilmore lake, mt. tallac, mountains Left: Gilmore Lake. Right: View back toward Gilmore Lake and Jack's Peak from the trail to Mt. Tallac. lake tahoe hiking trails, gilmore lake, jack's peak, jacks peak, mt. tallac, mountains
lake tahoe hiking trails, mt. tallac, mountains, fallen leaf lake, south lake tahoe Views of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and the city of South Lake Tahoe from the summit of Mt. Tallac. lake tahoe hiking trails, mt. tallac, mountains, fallen leaf lake, south lake tahoe
lake tahoe hiking trails, mt. tallac, mountains, chipmonks The large population of chipmonks at the summit are incredibly tame. So accustomed to eating "people food", they are easily coaxed onto your lap for a tasty morsel. lake tahoe hiking trails, mt. tallac, mountains, chipmonks

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