Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Eldorado National Forest, California USA

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year round resort in Kirkwood, south of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California, USA. Kirkwood is at 33 mi/53 km south of South Lake Tahoe, on State Route 88 and it is surrounded by El Dorado National Forest.

Kirkwood is surrounded by High Sierra Wildness and National Forest land, making it ideal for hiking. Carson Pass area offers many opportunities to hikers, experienced or not, to live an unforgettable adventure or exploration. Regardless of the time of year you want to hike, you will enjoy the scenery and the smell of wildflowers or the vivid fall colors in fall.

Hikes are divided into Peak Hikes, taking you through summit views and alpine meadows and Lake Hikes, taking you through beautifully secluded high alpine lakes. Lift access is offered on weekends with chairs 1 and 2. Some of the trails are : twin bridges, a 4 mi/6.5 km easy trail, Caples creek – Tahoe Rim, a 4 mi/6.5 km with moderate difficulty trail, Echo Lakes to Lake of the Woods & Ropi Lake, a medium difficulty trail.

Government Meadows – Tahoe Rim is another easy to moderate 0.5 mi/0.8 km trail, Buck Pasture – Tahoe Rim, a 3 mi/4.8 km moderate trail, Bryan Meadows – Tahoe Rim, a 3 mi/4.8 km moderate trail, Echo Lakes, a 2 mi/3.2 km trail for experts, Pacific Crest Trail, a 13.4 mi/21.5 km difficult trail, Highway 88 to Meiss Lake, a 4 mi/6.5 km moderate trail, Granite Lake Trail, a 1.5 mi/2.4 km easy to moderate trail, Pacific Crest Trail, a 22 mi/35.4 km difficult trail and Little Round Top, a difficult trail.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM South Lake Tahoe
34.9 miles/56.16 km, 52 minutes
Take US 50 West to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West. Take US 50 West to "the Y" intersection where US 50 meets Hwy 89. Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.) to Meyers. Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 35 min.).
BY CAR FROM North Lake Tahoe
60.7 miles/97.68 km, 1 hour 35 minutes
Take Route 28 E to Hwy 50 W to Route 89 South to 88 West. Take NV Route 28 East/South ( go 13 mi. from Incline Village). Turn Right onto US 50 West (go 17.4 mi.). Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.). Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.). Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 60 min.).
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
103 miles/165.76 km, 2 hours 18 minutes
Depending on your location along Highway 50, you may exit in three locations. Exit South Bound Watt Avenue, or Sunrise Boulevard, or El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Head South until you hit Highway 16 (The Jackson Highway): Approximately 1.5 mi on Watt Ave, or 7.3 mi on Sunrise, or 17 mi on El Dorado Hills Blvd/Latrobe Road. Turn Left onto the Jackson Highway: Approximately 28.1 mi from entry off Watt Avenue, or 17.7 mi from entry off Sunrise Ave, or 2.7 mi from entry off El Dorado Hills/Latrobe. Turn Right at the Intersection for Highway 49, taking you towards Jackson and Sutter Creek (go 6.8 mi). Before you get to Jackson, turn Left onto Ridge Road (go 8.3 mi). (Note: if you get to Jackson and miss Ridge Road, don't worry - you can turn directly onto Highway 88 East Bound in the town of Jackson just past the historic Main Street district.). Turn Left onto Highway 88 East (go 48.8 mi). Turn Right onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (appox. 1.5 to 2 hours from most Sacramento starting locations).
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO),
80.1 miles/128.91 km

Amtrak services the entire USA. For fares, tickets and schedule check the website.


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