As the snow melts off the trails, revealing Tahoe's soft carpet of sandy soil and pine needles, trail runners rejoice. With impossibly blue skies, mild summertime temperatures, breathtaking views around every corner, and miles and miles of perfectly graded backcountry trails, Lake Tahoe is a trail runner's paradise.
At 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, Lake Tahoe sits in a basin carved by glaciers. Ringing the basin are some of the most scenic miles of singletrack in North America - most of it with a view of the lake itself. The views make the miles go by, as a recent article in Condé Nast Traveler highlighting Lake Tahoe trail runs points out.
Tahoe trail runners love the easy access to great trails - you feel like you are 10 miles out of town after a short jaunt from the trailhead - as well as the terrain and the weather. Casual and serious runners alike find it easy to motivate themselves to get out on the trail, even while they are on vacation. Plus, there's nothing better than a day relaxing on the beach after a great run.
One of the oldest and most famous endurance trail runs, the Western States Endurance Run, begins right here in Squaw Valley. Looking for something a little shorter than 100.2 miles? Check out the Tahoe Trail Running Series that takes place from early June through October at locations all around Lake Tahoe.
Or simply ask the team at Resort at Squaw Creek how to get out on the trails. We have several passionate runners on staff who would be happy to give you tips on how to experience Tahoe's best trail runs.
Photo from Condé Nast Traveler Daily Traveler