Experience this 4.8-mile out-and-back trail, with 1,095 feet of elevation gain, near Olympic Valley, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route. This is a very popular area for backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring.
Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness, just north of Lake Tahoe in Olympic Valley, the Five Lakes Trail promises dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, along with a place to relax, fish, or swim. The Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible routes in the Granite Chief Wilderness, so you’re unlikely to have this trail to yourself. Don’t be disheartened by this popular hike, however, as the lakes themselves allow for quiet and solitude. This trail offers great views, beautiful wildflowers, and plenty of room for exploration. It’s like a playground but better. Stretching is encouraged since almost all of the elevation gain is accrued during the first mile or so of the hike. Once at the lakes, you can take it easy, swim, eat, and lay out, or you can continue on and hike around the ski resort, or head west or south and hit up the PCT and other trails.
Lunch Option. River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant 2285 River Road Tahoe City, CA