My girlfriend and I are going on vacation/living recon trip to Sacramento in a few weeks. We are also going to go up to Tahoe area for a day and a night. I am looking for a reasonable hike that can accomplish as many of these requirements as possible (mostly in this order):
Sample the Sierra's - Neither of us have spent any time in the Sierra's so we would like to get/see a taste of what they are like.
minimal topography - I know that is a tough one but we live at sea level, major topo takes the fun out of a "quick unplanned hike" for my girlfriend
great view - I want it to be a sun rise or sun set hike. Not for the romance of it all, even though that is nice, my mom will be along too so... I just love seeing the sun come up or go down in the mountains.
Location - reasonable around Tahoe I will leave this vague because if everyone says the best area to hike is 30 miles away from Tahoe we will gladly change destinations
I understand that I can't get all of this in one short 4-5 mile hike but a nice sample would be great. I also am aware that it will most likely be on a heavy tourist trail but this isn't the main goal of the trip as a whole, just one part of it so I will have to deal with a high volume of tourists like its time square... after all I will be one too for the week.
Thanks in advance.