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    Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    8.9 km
    Elevation
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    365 m
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    The Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike is an amazing adventure above South Lake Tahoe that boasts breathtaking scenery. Traverse the slopes of Mount Tallac to not one, but two charming alpine lakes that overlook the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

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    Route Description for Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike

    Immerse yourself in California’s high country along the Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike. Travel through meadowlands, mixed forests, and granite gardens along his trek. Offering views of several picturesque alpine lakes, this hike is a lake-lovers paradise! As this route travels to high altitudes, we suggest wearing layers as insurance against the chilly conditions. Additionally, we recommend checking the forecast prior to your hike to mitigate the chances of getting caught in an afternoon storm. Don’t forget to charge your camera, the beauty of this trail is unparalleled!

    Embark on your excursion along the Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike from the trailhead off Mount Tallac Road. From here, venture southwest along the Floating Island/Mount Tallac Trail. This path will guide you along the ridgeline above the western shore of Fallen Leaf Lake. Enjoy the sights of adventurers enjoying the alpine waters below, as you climb towards Mount Tallac. Eventually, you will reach Floating Island Lake, which is named for the grassy island in the middle of the alpine pool.

    Revel in the scenes of the grassy lake, then continue onwards to Cathedral Lake. From the shoreline, you will be granted sweeping views of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, and the encompassing Sierra Nevada Mountains. After reveling in the panoramas, retrace your steps along the route back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike Trailhead

    The Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes Hike departs from the trailhead at the end of Mount Tallac Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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