Lake Tahoe Basin Map

Two different recreation maps for the Lake Tahoe Basin are created by the USDA & NatGeo. Several smaller brands for regional topographic trail maps. The US Forest Service has the Tahoe National Forest Map that encompasses a much larger area. Numerous books exist for backpacking and hiking around Tahoe.

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NatGeo Map #803 Tahoe Basin

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Lake Tahoe Trails Illustrated Map from National Geographic

Recreation Map for Lake Tahoe Basin, Topographic Lake Map, Backroads Hiking Maps, Tahoe Backpacking, Tahoe Camping, All Campgrounds, Trailheads, Creeks and Lakes. Sierra Nevada Back Roads, Truckee River Camping & Hiking Map. Very detailed & colorful. 2 -sided map, waterproof plastic map; tear resistant. GPS data. Map scale 1:63,360 / Contour Interval = 50 feet. ISBN# 9781566953344

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townNcountryMany believe that Lake Tahoe was formed by the collapse of an ancient volcanic crater, but the natural lake and mountain basin was actually formed by the rise and fall of the landscape due to faulting.

The Tahoe Basin which spans approximately 22 miles long (and 12 wide), is located on top of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Separating California from Nevada state, a year-round, mountain resort destination. The lake is often referred to as “Jewel of the Sierra”.

Largest freshwater, alpine lake in North America.
Second deepest lake in the U.S.
Second highest lake in the U.S.

LAKE TAHOE – 6625′ elevation above sea level

Adventure Maps

Fine Edge Tahoe Maps

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, USDA Map


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Lake Tahoe Map USDA
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

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Lake Tahoe Basin & Vicinity

USGS Map California: Lake Tahoe Basin Map; Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness, Granite Chief, Fallen Leaf Lake. Tahoe Recreation, Camping Map. USDA NFS Recreation Area. All forest lands, trails & roads surrounding Lake Tahoe; 10 miles all the way around lake. Printed on waterproof plastic. Published 2010. ISBN# 9781593514808. Older version printed on paper in 1998.

TAHOE OUTDOOR RECREATION

  • backpacking
  • boating
  • camping
  • casinos
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • horseback
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • off-roading
  • sailing
  • snow skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • xc skiing

see also –
Tom Harrison Tahoe Rim Trail

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Tahoe National Forest

nearby towns:

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John Muir Wilderness Maps

JMT: John Muir Trail Map

High Sierra Trail

The John Muir Trail is a long-distance hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

USDA makes paper maps for John Muir Wilderness w/ Kings Canyon, and Tom Harrison offers the waterproof John Muir Map Pack. National Geographic also makes a topo map for the John Muir Trail.

John Muir Wilderness

Onion Valley Campground

Ansel Adams Wilderness

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John Muir Maps USDA
John Muir Wilderness with Sequoia Kings Canyon Wilderness

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U.S. Forest Service – NFS

Old school maps – two large paper sheets. Available at Inyo NF Ranger Stations.

Eastern Sierra Mountains
High Sierra Peaks

Perfect for a day hike reference or extended backpacking adventures. Map Scale = 1″ to mile; Printed on paper w/ large storage envelope.

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Gilbert Lake, above Onion Valley, Eastern Sierra Independence, CA

OntheTrail.org

This trail guide web site compiles a great online map resource for this very popular high country region –
onthetrail.org/jmt/jmt-topo-maps/

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John Muir Wilderness Map Set
Tom Harrison Maps

John Muir Trail Maps by Tom Harrison, High Sierra Backpacking Maps, Highcountry Trail Map. Eastern Sierra Mountains inside Inyo National Forest

Mount Whitney, Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes – Eastern California.

John Muir Wilderness Map Set of 13 individual maps. Durable, waterproof plastic map; Smaller maps, not folded. Map Scale: 63K; ISBN# 9781877689345

download digital versions of this map – avenza maps
John Muir Trail Topo Map Set

or the most popular individual maps :
John Muir Trail Map #4
John Muir Trail Map #5
John Muir Trail Map #6
John Muir Trail Map #7
John Muir Trail Map #8
John Muir Trail Map #9
John Muir Trail Map #10
John Muir Trail Map #11
John Muir Trail Map #15

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National Geographic makes a decent John Muir Trail Map too!

nearby towns:


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Little Pot Hole Lake, Kearsarge Pass Hike

Kings Canyon High Country Map

Kings Canyon Topo Map

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High Sierra Lakes @ Kearsarge Pass, Eastern Sierra NP boundary

Kings Canyon High Country Map
Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison Trail Map: Kings Canyon High Country Trail Map. Areas include: Rae Lakes, Paradise Valley, Cedar Grove, Kearsarge Pass, LeConte Canyon, Crown Valley, Tehipite Valley, Blackcap Basin; John Muir PCT Wilderness Map, Pacific Crest Trail, Hwy 395 Eastern Sierra Nevada; Backpacking High Sierra, Hiking Backpacking Kings Canyon National Park.

Durable, waterproof plastic map; Folded. Map Scale: 63K; ISBN# 9781877689451

avenza mapsdownload digital version of this map –
Kings Canyon High Country Map

Kings Canyon National ParkNPS

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see also –
Kearsarge Pass Trail Map
Sequoia Kings NP Map by NatGeo
Sequoia Kings Map by Tom Harrison
JMT – John Muir Wilderness Maps
Mineral King Topo Map

nearby destinations –

Kings Cyn High Country

OLDER VERSION

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REAL OLD ONE

Palisades Trail Map

Palisades Trail Map
by Tom Harrison Maps

Eastern Sierra / Palisade Glacier / Norman Clyde Glacier

Tom Harrison Map: The Palisades Trail Map, Bishop Pass Area, Backpacking High Sierra; Areas include: Mount Sill, Mount Jepson, Mount Winchell, Big Pine Lakes, Palisades Basin, North Palisade, Thunderbolt Peak, Norman Clyde Glacier, Middle Palisade Glacier, Inyo National Forest, Inyo High Country, Sierra High Country; Hiking Maps Backpacking Trip, California Sierra Camping.

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OLDER EDITION

Durable, Shaded-relief topographic map printed on waterproof plastic; GPS Compatible – Complete UTM Grid. Folded. Map Scale: 31.7K; ISBN# 9781877689970

The Palisades Trail Map covers the Big Creek area of the Eastern Sierra on the boundary between Kings Canyon National Park and Inyo National Forest. Map includes the Palisades and Norman Clyde Glaciers, Bishop and Mather Pass, and the Big Pine Lakes.

  • Big Pine Lakes
  • Mount Sill
  • Mount Jepson
  • Mount Winchell
  • North Palisade
  • Norman Clyde Glacier
  • Mid Palisade Glacier
  • Thunderbolt Peak

avenza mapsdownload digital version of this map –
The Palisades Map

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Autumn Colors meet SNOW in early October

nearby towns:
Big Pine, CA
Bishop, CA