The Road to Tahoe

Adventures on Highway 50

The Highway 50 corridor between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe is rich with fantastic scenery. From the tranquility of the American River to the stunning mountains, including the legendary climbing mecca Lover's Leap, there are plenty of opportunities to explore here.

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Ice House Reservoir

This popular fishing location in Eldorado National Forest, approximately 11 miles off Highway 50, also features camping, hiking, jet skiing, and fishing. 

Lovers Leap

An iconic granite cliff band outside of Strawberry that’s a mecca for climbers. Hikers and bikers can enjoy the trails around it that boast terrific views of Horsetail Falls and Desolation Wilderness.

Wright’s Lake

A beautiful lake on the western edge of Desolation Wilderness, it’s a great spot for non-motorized boating like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and swimming. With several trailheads and campgrounds around the lake, it’s a terrific launch pad for hiking, wildflower spotting, and backpacking.

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