Originally Posted by Varnish
Lastly, if you have 2-3hrs you can hike up Mt. Roberts and then ride the tram down for only $5 or spend at least that much in the gift shop at the top and ride down for free with your receipt. Much cheaper than the near $30 for the tram's up/down price and you get some exercise at the same time! The trail head can be accessed to the right on Basin Road, just across from the entrance to the Flume trail mentioned earlier.
That is one of the hikes I do a few time a week in the summer. You can go to Gold Ridge and then on to Mt. Roberts. For those without time or the ability to do the entire round trip from Basin Road, ride the tram up, hike to Gold Ridge, and take the tram down. The hike to Gold Ridge is not easy for some, but worth it.
One hike to add: Go on the Perseverance Trail, but take the Nugget Creek Trail when it branches off - much nicer towards the end than the Perseverance. Or, go to the end of Perseverance, hike back to the Nugget and hike it, then back to the ship. You need a few extra hours, but if you hike fast......