Stretching along the Sierra crest above Lake Tahoe, Tahoe National Forest in an 800,000 acre (324,000 hectare) park, overflowing with outdoor recreational opportunities. In summer, the forest draws campers, picnickers, and hikers, while in winter, sledders, skiers, and snowshoes come to enjoy some of the deepest snowpack in the West.
Tahoe National Forest has many natural and man-made resources, including hundreds of lakes, snow-capped peaks, old-growth forests, reservoirs, and river canyons carved through granite bedrock, and many miles of trails including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. The forest also includes includes the 8,587 foot (2,617 meter) peak of Sierra Buttes, which has views of Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta.
Tahoe National Forest lies 90 minutes of South Lake Tahoe. To get here, take Highway 89 to Interstate 80 East to the Rainbow-Big Bend Exit. The visitor center has exhibits that explore the area’s transportation history and natural history.