Tamrack Lakes Hike

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Tamrack Lakes Hike


  • Trailhead to Tamarack Lakes.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • The road and trail is quite rough.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Beautiful views looking back from the trail.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Lower Tamarack Lake.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Meadow by Tamarack Lake.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Upper Tamarack Lake.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Upper Tamarack Lake.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Campsite by upper Tamarack Lake.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • Tamarack Lake.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
  • A lone pine along the trail.- Tamrack Lakes Hike
Overview + Weather
Wonderful views all the way up. Nice little lakes.
Four-wheel drive road open to vehicles.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
520.00 ft (158.50 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,166.00 ft (1,879.40 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Sierra Buttes area is a wonderland of lakes, historic lodges, and wonderful mountain hikes. The Tamarack Lakes are a lovely little pair of lakes that make a great short backpacking or day hike destination. The trail is a four-wheel drive road that is only used by campers heading for the lakes, so there is minimal traffic for hikers on this route.

From the trailhead parking area the trail and road starts climbing right away and doesn't let up until the first lake is reached. There are wonderful views of the lakes basin for most of the hike, and the grade is easy. The lakes are close together and separated by a boggy meadow. There are campsites alongside both lakes that offer beautiful views and reasonable solitude.

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(10 within a 30 mile radius)

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(40 within a 30 mile radius)

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