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!

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Little Pot Hole Lake, Kearsarge Pass Hike

Ansel Adams Maps

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Fern Lake, hike-in. Off June Lake Loop Hwy 158

Ansel Easton Adams was a famous photographer who shot black and white images of the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park in the early 1900’s. Part of the original Wilderness Act in 1964 as the Minarets Wilderness, after his death in 1984, the area was expanded and renamed in honor of Ansel Adams, well-known environmentalist and nature photographer.

Four topographic maps cover the Ansel Adams Area: USDA, Tom Harrison Maps, Wilderness Press & NatGeo Maps

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NatGeo Map #309 Yosemite SE
Ansel Adams Wilderness

Trails Illustrated Map from National Geographic. Yosemite National Park map #309. Yosemite Backcountry South East with Ansel Adams Wilderness, Hiking Trails, Trail Mileage. Merced Lake, Cloud’s Rest, Cathedral Range, Clark Range, Lyell Canyon, Chiquito Pass, Silver Lake, California. High country map. Many trails to explore. 2-sided map. Very detailed & colorful. Waterproof Plastic Map; Tear Resistant. GPS data. Scale = 1:40,000 ISBN# 9781566954136

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Ansel Adams Map USDA

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Ansel Adams Wilderness
part of Inyo National Forest and Sierra National Forest

This map is available at Ranger Stations.

This High Sierra terrain spans some of the most majestic areas of the Sierra Nevada – the youngest mountain range in the U.S. This wilderness is bordered by National Parks, National Forests, and other Wilderness Areas – all the way around it. Kaiser Wilderness and Lake Edison inside Sierra NF on the west, Yosemite National Park on the north, Inyo NF on the east side, and John Muir Wilderness on the south end. Wow!

REAL OLD MAP

This 230,300 acre, high elevation wilderness was formerly the Minarets Wilderness, renamed in 1984 to honor the pioneering landscape photographer, Ansel Adams. Known for spectacular alpine scenery, elevations range from 7,000 to 14,000 feet. Rugged granite peaks and passes, with alpine lakes, includes high country east of the Sierra crest. Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail cross this High Sierra Wilderness region.

Perfect for packing and hiking references, fishing lakes, creeks, high altitude camp sites, horse packing routes, or extended backpacking adventures. Map Scale = 1″ to mile; Printed on waterproof plastic paper. Updated in 2011. ISBN# 9781593515188

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Yosemite National Park and Vicinity Map
by Wilderness Press

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Ansel Adams Wilderness Map
by Tom Harrison Maps

Yosemite National Park Hiking Backpacking Maps hike

Tom Harrison Trail Map: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Eastern Sierra Topographic maps for hiking and backpacking. Back road exploring and lake fishing too. This map has an amazing amount of alpine lakes & mountain destinations – from the western Sierra to the east side. Tioga Pass, Yosemite Wilderness, June Lake Loop, Mammoth Lakes, Gem Lake, Thousand Island Lake, Minarets, Silver Divide, Lake Edison, Mono Hot Springs, Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Clover Meadows and Granite Creek. Also included is the Mono Basin National Scenic Area, Mono Lake California. Durable, waterproof plastic map; Folded. Printed in 2010. Map Scale: 1:79,200 ISBN# 9780981834429

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Ansel Adams Wilderness Map

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OLDER EDITION

nearby towns –

Ansel Adams Books

Hetch Hetchy Maps

NatGeo Map #307
Yosemite NW – Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Yosemite Northwest Map

NatGeo Trails Illustrated Yosemite NW Northwest, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Hetchy Map #307.

Yosemite Highway 120, California Sierra Nevada Hikes, Campgrounds, Backpacking trailheads, Yosemite PCT, Pacific Crest Trail, Yosemite Wilderness High Country, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, Lake Hiking Trails, granite peaks and gorges, alpine terrain. 1:40,000 scale; GPS Compatible, Full UTM Grid. 2 sided. Waterproof map. ISBN# 9781566954129

Stanislaus National Forest, Cherry Lake, Cherry Creek, Mary Lake, Tower Lake, Upper Piute Meadows, Wilma Lake, Lake Eleanor, Tilden Lake, White Wolf, Pate Valley, Emigrant Wilderness, Emigrant Lake, Huckleberry Lake, Huckleberry Trail, Stubblefield Canyon, Kerrick Canyon, Tilden Canyon, Jack Main Canyon, Andrews Peak, Lake Vernon, Frog Creek, Buck Lakes, Long Lake, Jewelry Lake, Louse Canyon, Bell Meadow, Lord Meadow, Kibbie Lake, Kibbie Ridge, Spotted Fawn Lake, Boundary Lake, Dimond O Campground, Preston Falls, Mather, Birch Lake, Bald Mountain, Long Gulch Creek, Aspen Valley, Harden Lake, Yosemite Creek Campground, McSwain Meadows

TRAILS: Trail #19E58, Trail #19E59, Trail #19E66, Trail #19E17, Trail #19E28, Trail #19E76, Trail #20E11, Trail #20E04, Trail #2000, Trail #056, Trail #21E50, Trail #21E52, Trail #21E08, Trail #21E07, Trail #21E26, Trail #19E50, Trail #20E16, Emigrant Trail #20E98

ROADS: Tioga Highway 120, Evergreen Road, National Forest Road #1S74, Road #1S16Y, Road #1S25, Road #1S89, Road #1S19, Road #1S32, Road #1N04

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Hetch Hetchy Trail Map
by Tom Harrison Topo Maps

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OLDER EDITION MAP

Tom Harrison Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Map, Backpacking Yosemite Backcountry, Topo Maps of Yosemite National Park Hetch Hetchy Highcountry, Camping Yosemite Park Hiking Trails; Areas covered: Cherry Lake, Lake Vernon, Laurel Lake, Lake Eleanor Map, Pate Valley, White Wolf Lodge Yosemite, Kibbie Lake, Rancheria Falls Hiking Map. Durable, waterproof plastic map; Folded. Map Scale: 63K; ISBN# 9781877689932

Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Map, Yosemite Lake, Reservoir, Backpacking Yosemite Backcountry, Topo Maps of Yosemite National Park Hetch Hetchy Highcountry, Camping Yosemite Park Hiking Trails

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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Map

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Town of Mariposa, CA