Climbing Tahoe’s Tallest Peaks
  • For the advanced hiker

    Lake Tahoe is not only one of the largest alpine lakes, but it’s also one of the highest. About 2 million to 3 million years ago a large block fault caused surrounding ranges to rise and the block beneath Lake Tahoe to sink. Overtime this basin filled with water and formed what is now one of the most crystal clear lakes on the planet. This geological process is also what made Lake Tahoe the second deepest lake in the United States, at a staggering 1,645 ft (501 m). Coincidentally, it created some pretty staggering peaks, perfect for getting that picturesque view of the lake below.

    Here are some of Tahoe’s tallest peaks to get you started.

    Freel Peak at 10,891 ft (3,320 m)
    The highest peak surrounding the Tahoe Basin with spectacular view, well above the tree line.

    Monument Peak at 10,067 ft (3,068 m)
    A picturesque peak, home to the Heavenly Ski Area.

    Pyramid Peak at 9,983 ft (3,043 m)
    The highest Peak in The Desolation Wilderness. A permit is required for overnighters, although it can be done in one day by hikers quick on their feet.

    Mt. Tallac at 9,735 ft (2,967 m)
    Perhaps one of the most climbed peaks in the area. Know for great views of the lake below. Best hiked late summer to early fall to avoid snowy conditions.