Floating Island / Mount Tallac Trail (17E33)
ElevationAscent: 3,033' 924 m
Descent: -1,175' -358 m
High: 9,479' 2,889 m
Low: 6,446' 1,965 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“Lakes, beautiful meadows, and stunning views make this an outstanding trail.”— Tilman Giese
The trail starts ascending right from the trailhead. After half a mile, the forest opens up and you can get a good view of Fallen Leaf Lake on the left and Mount Tallac on the right. Most of the time, you'll be running over small loose rocks. At 1.8 miles, you'll arrive at Floating Island Lake. Depending on the time of day, you'll be able to see a magnificent reflection of the Mount Tallac ridge in the water.
Continue to ascend until you reach a junction that leads back down to Fallen Leaf Lake on the left. Keep right and shortly you'll reach Cathedral Lake. This is a good stop before you start the final ascent. At this point, the trail turns west and becomes more exposed, so look back every now and then to enjoy the view. Run carefully as some sections of the trail will be more like boulder-hopping.
At 4.7 miles, you'll reach another junction. Continue to the right to reach the summit of Mount Tallac. Continue left to stay on this trail.
On the way down Mount Tallac to the west, you'll get stunning views of Pyramid Peak, Mount Price, and Echo Peak, as well as beautiful green meadows on either side of the trail with a great variety of wildflowers. When you ultimately reach Gilmore Lake, turn left and cross the small creek to follow the creek on the right until you reach the Pacific Crest Trail.
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Land Manager: USFS - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Office
Mar 15, 2020: A NOTICE TO ALL USDA FOREST SERVICE VISITORS