Alturas, California is a small (2.5 square miles) city near the Oregon border, Modoc National forest, and the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.
Rising above Fallen Leaf Lake on the southwestern shore, Mt Tallac is one of the most iconic peaks in the Lake Tahoe basin. There are a few routes to the top, varying in intensity and length, but all are challenging and strenuous, especially in the final ascent to the summit. The reward is that view, though – Fallen Leaf and Cascade Lakes, Emerald Bay, and across Lake Tahoe to Cave Rock and beyond. This is a popular destination, and you are likely to meet backpackers and day hikers of all fitness levels. The wildflowers and views into Desolation Wilderness make for a beautiful hike.