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guided hike

Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Lake

guided hike

Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Lake

Duration
8.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Lake

guided hike

Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Lake

Duration
8.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Paradise Lake is lined with sunny granite platforms and wind-strewn Jeffery Pines and Sierra Junipers. This beautiful backpackers’ camp is about summer swims and star-filled skies. It's a very moderate hike, but will take most of the day. It's roughly 10 miles round trip. While a popular backpacking route, Paradise Lake also makes for a longer, but rewarding day hike. Depending on your schedule, we can leave as early in the morning as you like. We'll start up a forest road that offers an easy, undulating path up to the shoulder of Castle Pass and our intersection with the famed Pacific Crest Trail. We'll head north through Tahoe National Forest and soon come upon views of the stunning Round Valley before switching back up the west slope of Basin Peak. Views to the north and west will soon reveal why this is such a beautiful hike. In early summer, the wildflower blooms along this hike are hard to describe, and will earn your Instagram account more likes than you can count. Until we reach the lake. Once at Paradise Lake, we can swim, relax, meditate, nap, and snack. We can take time to chat about LNT practices while hiking, camping, and recreating in the outdoors. This is what a "lake day" in the mountains is all about.

Your host

Learn more about Craig

Craig

My company, Pika Odysseys, has more than 15 years of experience guiding backcountry adventures in a range of environs, from national parks to remote desert wilderness areas. The northern Sierra Nevada mountains outside of Truckee is my home, and we've been exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks for years. I am insured and legally permitted to operate in the Tahoe National Forest, and Leave No Trace Master Educator. Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics is a set of backcountry travel principles that help people understand how to travel while leaving as little impact on our wild places as possible, ranging from how to select campsites to ensuring nothing is changed after you leave. You can use this new-found LNT expertise on your next day hike, camping trip, or adventure pursuits

What's included

Equipment
We provide high-end, wilderness-ready tents, backpacks, sleep pads, pillows, sleeping bags, all meals, and kitchen equipment.

Where you'll be

Experience the world famous Pacific Crest Trail safely while traveling into remote mountain wilderness areas to mountain-surrounded Paradise Lake in the Tahoe National Forest. You'll cross the stunning Round Valley, traverse Basin Peak, sip from clear year-round natural springs, and swim in a crisp, snow-melt lake.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests should be in decent enough shape to hike over moderate terrain for at least 8 total hours, with breaks and stops along the way.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Please consider pre-trip training and fitness. Nothing extreme, but consider that you'll be hiking over uneven terrain, at altitude, for over 5 miles. Also, please make us aware of any food allergies or dietary restrictions. We can accommodate most diet choices.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

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    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

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    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Craig
Pacific Crest Trail to Paradise Lake
New experience
$160/person
New experience
$160/person