Beautiful hike on a beautiful Saturday morning. There were only a half dozen cars in the parking lot when I arrived. Left the Mt. Tallac trailhead at 9:30 a.m. and arrived at the summit at 11:40 a.m. The trail was a steady and pleasant climb up to Cathedral Lake, but became rather steep after that. The views of Falling Leaf Lake are impressive. After ascending out of Cathedral Lake, I scrambled over the ridge and bypassed the steadier climb southwest around the ridge and through the meadow, rejoining the main trail below the peak southeast of the summit. The route to the top was fairly empty, with only a few people visible on the ridge above me. A half dozen other hikers were at the summit when I arrived at noon. Unfortunately, the summit was swarming with bees and other insects, which allowed for only a few seconds to enjoy the commanding views. After about 30 minutes at the top, I headed down and returned to the parking lot at 2:00 pm. The trail was much more crowded on the descent, but that's to be expected, I guess. All in all, a pleasant and rewarding hike. The views are definitely worth the effort. If you go in the summer, bring plenty of water, as you will spend a significant amount of time above the timber line.
Sweet hike to the summit - very beautiful! Threatening clouds cut short our stay at the summit and we had a little bit of refreshing rain on the hike back. Report and pictures here.
Donna S. and I day-hiked to the summit in 3.5 hr. Day use wilderness permits available using the self-serve kiosk at trailhead. Steep slog shortly after leaving Cathedral Lake is a challenge. Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay from the top. Recommend a treking pole to negotiate the scree and loose rock on the descent from south slopes. Ample water was available.
Nice day to climb. Still some big snow fields in the bowl area.
Crowded summit on a busy summer weekend, but the weather was perfect. Unwilling to deal with the hordes on the main trail, we blazed straight up the chutes on the SE face, which give awesome views over your shoulder the entire way up.
Day-hiked this peak with Wei. This route is the standard one with a road sign for "Mt Tallac Trailhead" on Highway. It's 9-10 miles round trip, 3400 feet elevation gain, the easiest day hike to Tallac in summer.
Mount Tallac has unquestionably the best view of Lake Tahoe. In the late afternoon when we were on the summit the light on Lake Tahoe was just gorgeous.
Went up Dicks Peak from Emerald Bay, traversed to Tallac, and then had a great glissade down to the trail back to the car.