Elevation

9,735 ft / 2,967 m

#788 in California

#5,620 in United States

Prominence

715 ft / 218 m

#675 in California

#2,851 in United States

Summits

76 summits

#35 in California

#272 in United States

Top climbing months

July   21%

August   20%

September  12%

Most climbed route

Mount Tallac Trail

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.

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