Incline Village, Lake Tahoe in the summertime is a magical place… You’ll find incredible hiking, biking, sightseeing and outdoor recreational opportunities all over the region – and of course there’s Lake Tahoe itself! Diamond Peak Ski Resort is closed during the off-season, with no services or facilities available; however, the public is welcome to enjoy a hike or mountain bike ride to Snowflake Lodge via the fire road from the Base Area.
Hiking/Mountain Biking Route to Snowflake Lodge
A relatively easy 1.2 mile one-way (2.4 mile round-trip) hike or mountain bike ride up a gently-sloping fire road, the route to Snowflake Lodge begins in the Diamond Peak Base Area and follows the fire road under the Lodgepole Chairlift. At the bottom of the Crystal Express chairlift, the road loops around and continues to ascend southward on the ski run known as Freeway during the wintertime. Continue past the top of the Red Fox chairlift and ascend the final slope to Snowflake Lodge where you’ll enjoy panoramic Lake Tahoe views from the deck. Bring a picnic lunch and a camera! Just be sure to pack out everything you pack in – keep our wildlife safe and don’t leave any garbage behind.
Note: There are no restrooms or other facilities open at Snowflake Lodge during the off-season, so come prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and anything else you might need for a hike or bike ride in the wilderness. For emergencies while on the mountain, please call 911. Be aware of your surroundings – mountain operations crews (including off-highway vehicles and heavy equipment) can be operating along the route to Snowflake Lodge at all hours. Please stay off all chairlifts and other mountain equipment. Dog walkers: Please pick up after your dog – our watershed flows directly into Lake Tahoe and pet waste pollutes the watershed for everybody.