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Tamarack Peak Loop

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

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  • Visitor's center and bathrooms.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Information board at the trailhead.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Turn right up the stairs.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • The first lake view on the Tamarak Peak Loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • View of the meadows and the lake.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Sheer and jagged granite formations along the Tamarak Peak Loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Tamarak Peak Loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • View east into Nevada.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Aspens in the fall.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • A waterfall along the Tamarak Peak Loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • A waterfall along the Tamarak Peak Loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Continue to the left for another quarter mile.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Turn left at this junction to stay on the loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Lake Tahoe views from the Tamarak Peak Loop.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Another beautiful view.- Tamarack Peak Loop
  • Sun through the aspens.- Tamarack Peak Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible views. Beautiful waterfall. Level terrain.
Cons: 
Exposed.
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Region:
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, NV
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
471.00 ft (143.56 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,920.00 ft (2,718.82 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Tamarack Peak may not look too exciting considering its proximity to taller peaks in the area, including Mount Rose and Relay Peak, but this 6-mile loop that encircles the peak is one of the most spectacular hikes in the area. With less than 500 feet of elevation gain throughout the hike, you can rush through the round-trip in two or three hours. However, a slower pace is rewarded with incredible views of both Lake Tahoe, western Nevada, and a magnificent waterfall at the halfway point.

You will begin your hike at the Mount Rose Trailhead parking lot. Follow the trail for about a half mile until you reach the junction. Turn right onto the Tahoe Rim Trail, and continue uphill for another mile. Once you reach the pass, the majority of the uphill is finished. From here you will traverse along the northeastern side of the peak, and you will begin to see the waterfall in the distance. Once you reach the falls, you will meet another trail junction. The path to the right leads to the summit of Mount Rose. Continue following the Tahoe Rim Trail that bends to the left. After a few uphill switchbacks, you will hit another two trail junctions. Turn left at both.

For the next 2 miles you will follow a fire road around the southwestern side of the peak. Here you will be greeted with expansive views of beautiful meadows and the Tahoe Basin. When the route begins to run parallel with the highway, watch for a sign for the Mount Rose Trailhead. Once again you will turn left, then follow the small trail for a half mile back to the parking area. For a slightly more challenging hike, you can summit Tamarack Peak. There is no maintained trail, but the ascent is mostly rocky and without vegetation, which makes for an easy summit.

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