Palisades Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada provide some of the most spectacular settings in the world. You can access a variety of hiking trails right from the base of Olympic Valley or nearby in the North Lake Tahoe area. Trails lead to waterfalls, alpine lakes, meadows, peaks, and lookouts.
    • The Western States Trail will experience intermittent closures throughout the construction of the base-to-base gondola this summer. During closures, hikers are encouraged to use other trails, with some of our favorite alternative hikes listed below. Hikers who ascend to High Camp during operating hours of the Aerial Tram can download for free.

      IMPORTANT: the KT Road is closed to hiking for construction of the base-to-base gondola.


      Ride the Aerial Tram to the top and walk the scenic 1.5-mile loop around High Camp with one of Palisades Tahoe's experienced hiking guides. They'll identify wildflowers and points of interest around the mountain.

      • Guided hike is 1.5 miles that departs from High Camp at the top of the Aerial Tram
      • Meet at High Camp lobby 10:30am and 1:30pm
      • No reservations necessary
      • All hikes are weather and conditions permitting
      • Call 800-403-0206 for more information
      Trollstigen Trail

      Distance: .6 mile
      Elevation: 189' gain/loss

      This gentle trail traverses the base of Olympic Valley from the Resort at Squaw Creek to the Village at Palisades Tahoe. The trail meanders in and out of the trees just above the valley floor. Enjoy spectacular views of the meadow and surrounding peaks.
      Thunder Mountain Trail
      Distance: 3.2 miles
      Elevation: 2000' gain/loss

      The Thunder Mountain Trail meanders from the base of Olympic Valley all the way to High Camp. Hikers start their adventure to the north of Cushing Pond (to the far right of the S* One Chairlift). From here you will walk towards the very wide bridge, which is where the route begins. The trail is clearly indicated by blue markings. Continue on the trail winding up the mountain to the High Camp complex, where, during operating hours, you can visit Granite Bistro, High Camp Marketplace, enjoy summer activities or ride the Aerial Tram back to the base of the mountain.
      Shirley Canyon Trail
      Distance: 3.6 miles
      Elevation: 2,109' gain/loss

      This is one of Lake Tahoe's best half-day hikes. Hike alongside waterfalls (early summer season only), granite boulders, and the high alpine Shirley Lake. To access the trailhead, park in the main Olympic Valley parking lot and walk to the end of Squaw Peak Road. This trail is marked, but remember the general rule is to keep the creek on your right and follow it up for about 2.5 miles until you come to giant granite rock slabs. You will cross over this section and continue up to Shirley Lake. Hike back down the way you came or continue to High Camp and ride the Aerial Tram down to the base for free. Check out our full guide to hiking Shirley Canyon.
      USE THE Palisades Tahoe APP IN THE SUMMER!

      Download or upgrade to our summer app to access interactive summer hiking maps, track hiking performance, find your friends on hiking trails, and more. You can also view the latest Summer Hiking map here.

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    • North Lake Tahoe has some of the region's best hiking, and most of the trails are right in our backyard! Scroll through to read about our top 5 Lake Tahoe hiking trails.

      Eagle Rock

      Distance: 0.7 miles
      Elevation: 239' gain/loss
      Directions to trailhead

      If you're looking for a short hike with spectacular views, this is the hike for you. You'll ascend a steep but well-traveled trail to the top of Eagle Rock, where you'll have an incredible view of Lake Tahoe. Don't wander too close to the edge, as there is quite a large dropoff.

      Stateline Lookout

      Distance: 1.5 miles
      Elevation: 400' gain/loss
      Directions to trailhead

      Cross over into Nevada for a hike that is friendly for all skill levels. This 1.5 mile hike takes you up to a fire lookout with a stunning view of Lake Tahoe. This trail is a great option for families (and dogs are welcome, too!)

      Mt. Judah Loop

      Distance: 4.8
      Elevation: 1,220' gain/loss
      Directions to trailhead

      Climb to Donner Peak and enjoy the striking views of Mt. Rose, Truckee, Donner Lake, and Coldstream Canyon. The Mt. Judah Loop Trail starts on the Pacific Crest Trail and connects all the way to Olympic Valley via the Granite Chief trail for those looking for a longer hike.

      Monkey Rock

      Distance: 2.6 miles
      Elevation: 489' gain/loss
      Directions to Trailhead

      Starting off in Incline Village, the trail up to Monkey Rock is wide and well-maintained leading to outstanding views of Lake Tahoe's east shore. After taking in the vista and finding the rock that resembles a monkey's profile, head back down the way you came. You can extend the hike by continuing along the East Shore Trail and finding your way down to the shore at Hidden Beach.

      Pinedrop Trail

      Distance: 1.5 miles
      Elevation: 141' gain/loss
      Directions to trailhead

      Head to the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista to access several hiking & biking trails, as well as a playground, sports fields, and a dog park. The Pinedrop Trail is an easy, beautiful option with a paved path if you'd like to accommodate a stroller or wheelchair.
    • Here are a few tips to make the most out of your day on the mountain.

      Safety Tips at Palisades Tahoe

      • Please stay off chairlifts and towers. During our summer maintenance, lifts may be started without warning
      • In case of emergency, dial “0” from phones at base or top of any lift, or 6205 from any house phone or 530-584-6205 from an outside phone.
      • During thunderstorms, stay away from ridge tops, tall trees, lift towers and large rock outcroppings as they can attract lightning strikes. If lightning is in the area, ALL Tram operations will be suspended until lightning clears.
      • Please respect Palisades Tahoe’s beautiful natural environment by observing all signs and staying on designated trails and roads. Do not cut switchbacks. Stay out of any construction or roped off areas.
      • No smoking, please. The fire danger in this area is very high during the summer.
      • Be aware, company vehicles travel on Summer Road. Use caution.
      • For those planning to take the Tram down, be sure to check the Tram operating schedule prior to hiking up.

      General Hiking Tips
      • Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Many of the mountain trails traverse rugged terrain.
      • Palisades Tahoe’s mountain environment is prone to sudden weather and temperature changes so please carry adequate clothing.
      • Bring plenty of water (never drink directly from a stream) and a snack or energy bar.
      • Always use sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses for protection from the high-altitude sun.
      • Do not hike alone. It is fun and safer when done with a group.

      Helpful Hiking Apps
      • Palisades Tahoe App - Download the Palisades Tahoe app to access summer hiking maps, track hiking performance, find your friends on hiking trails and more!
      • AllTrails - Over 100,000 trail maps plus reviews and photos crowdsourced from hikers and bikers
      • Trailforks - Over 130,000 trails contributed by users and approved by local trail associations

      We're Pet Friendly
      • You are welcome to bring your dog with you on your hike at Palisades Tahoe
      • Please be sure to bring a leash as all dogs must be leashed in the Village at Palisades Tahoe and inside any buildings or facilities, including on the Aerial Tram.
      • Please pick up after dogs.
      • Please don’t let dogs disturb wildlife.