Elevation

9,735 ft / 2,967 m

#991 in California

#6,684 in United States

Prominence

715 ft / 218 m

#902 in California

#3,697 in United States

Summits

106 summits

#22 in California

#285 in United States

Top climbing months

July   25%

August   18%

September  14%

Most climbed route

Mount Tallac Trail (1-way)

5.2 mi • 3,228 ft gain

Highlights

  • Lies close to the southwest edge of Lake Tahoe in the Desolation Wilderness.
  • A "cross of snow" is clearly visible on the mountain's face during the winter and spring months.
  • Of the several trails leading to the summit, the Mount Tallac trailhead is the most-frequented. This 5-mile one-way trail has an elevation gain of 3,250 feet. The trail takes hikers past Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake on their way to the summit.
  • On the southern side, next to Lilly Lake, is Glen Alpine trailhead. While a slightly longer route to the summit, (5.7 miles), this trail brings hikers to Gilmore Lake at 8,300 ft, only 1,400 feet below Tallac's summit.
  • A popular backcountry skiing peak.
33 summits • 5.2 mi • 3,228 ft gain • 6 hr 22 min
8 summits • 11.9 mi • 3,326 ft gain • 3 hr 35 min
1 summit • 9.8 mi • 3,182 ft gain • 6 hr 25 min
1 summit • 12.7 mi • 3,029 ft gain • 5 hr 48 min
1 summit • 12.8 mi • 3,092 ft gain • 6 hr 18 min
1 summit • 7.7 mi • 3,403 ft gain • 7 hr 41 min
1 summit • 7.6 mi • 2,890 ft gain • 8 hr 5 min

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