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Lake Tahoe Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is the hiking (and running) of the winter — and it’s a great way to explore the Tahoe basin! Head to a local shop to rent your snowshoes, grab a map, and you’re off on an adventure. Or, take a guided snowshoe hike with pros who know where to find the best hikes and vistas.

Rent and Explore on Your Own

If you're experienced on snowshoes, a great option is to rent snowshoes and poles on your own at any of Tahoe Dave’s many locations. They make snowshoeing easy with their complimentary snowshoe trail map! If you're trying out snowshoes for the first time, don't be intimidated. It's just like walking with flippers on your feet.

Free, backcountry snowshoe trails include:

  • Blackwood Canyon - Requires a SNO-PARK permit.
  • Paige Meadows
  • Sugar Pine Point
  • Tahoe Meadows at Mount Rose
  • Donner Memorial State Park
  • Castle Peak - Requires SNO-PARK permit.
  • Martis Peak
  • Coldstream Canyon

Nordic centers include:

  • Granlibakken
  • Kirkwood
  • Northstar
  • North Tahoe Regional Park - Features dog-friendly trails.
  • Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Royal Gorge - Features dog-friendly trails.
  • Tahoe Donner - Features dog-friendly trails.
  • T.C. Winter Sports Park - Features dog-friendly trails.
  • Tahoe Cross Country - Features dog-friendly trails.

Guided Tahoe Snowshoe Hikes

For a guaranteed good time, let the snowshoe experts lead the way. Tahoe Adventure Company offers daytime guided hikes, as well as full moon and stargazing tours. For an added bonus, add a campfire and s’mores stop to your hike, or even a wine and cheese picnic! 

Tours include knowledgeable guide, snowshoes, trekking poles, permit fees, natural and human history, hot beverages, and optional lunch.

Typical distance and time: Approximately 2-4 miles. 3-4 hours on trail. Shorter and longer treks available. 10am-2pm.
Level of difficulty: All abilities age 8 years and up.
Location: Dependent on activity level, snowpack and your lodging location.
Cost: $75 per person without lunch, $90 per person with lunch, 2 person minimum