HIKING

 

Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas provide some of the most scenic views and pristine natural environments in the world.  The numerous outdoor activities tend to draw people to Lake Tahoe for fun, relaxation, and adventure.  Make sure you don't have an unplanned adventure by remembering that you are in a sub-alpine environment and weather conditions change rapidly!  (There is a saying here - If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes!)  Be prepared with extra water (at our elevation, the air is dry and can dehydrate you quickly), snacks, a first aid kit, and always tell someone where you are going and when you should be returning. Other than that, enjoy the wilderness, don't litter and take lots of pictures!Tahoe Rim Trail Overview

The East Shore has a rich history and there is plenty of areas to explore. This link is a printable Trail Map of the East Shore. The official Tahoe Rim Trail(TRT) organization's site is http://www.tahoerimtrail.org. For detailed information about the TRT the US Forest Service in Dollar Point (15 minutes from Incline Village) can be reached at (530) 583-3593.

One last hint - If you are looking for a relaxing stroll/bike ride, try Lakeshore Boulevard. The sidewalk runs the entire length of Lakeshore Blvd and is mostly level. Parking can be found at any of the beaches or at each end of Lakeshore Blvd.

For those with ambitions of beautiful views and untouched wilderness, check out the trails below!

 

North & East Shore Trails

  • Stateline Lookout, Crystal Bay - A fire lookout tower once stood here. A moderately easy and short hike with views of the entire lake.
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Elevation: 7,017'
    • Mileage (one-way): ½ miles
      • From Highway 28 on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, turn north on Reservoir Drive, just east of the old Tahoe Biltmore Casino. Turn right on Lakeview Avenue and left on Forest Service Road 1601 (by the iron pipe gate).
      • During the summer the lookout is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers. Superb views of the lake can be seen through the free telescopes located here. A short self-guided nature trail, located by the lookout, explains the history of the north shore of Lake Tahoe.
  • Spooner Lake Loop - This short trail completes a loop around Spooner Lake.
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Elevation: 8,700'
    • Mileage: 2 miles
      • Begin at the Spooner Lake Parking Area on Highway 28, fee required, and walk down to the lake's dam. Cross the dam and pass large boulders which have Indian grinding holes. 
      • Follow the path around the lake and enjoy an abundance of wildlife. Ducks, geese, and a variety of waterfowl converge on the lake. Also great for jogging!
  • Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Trail - This very easy trail is located at Tahoe Meadows near the summit of Highway 431.
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Elevation: 8,740'
    • Mileage: 1.3 miles
      • Situated 5.6 miles east of Country Club Drive in Incline Village.
      • The level trailhead was designed was designed for the handicapped and small children. Ten bridges have been constructed over the meadows and rivulets, which crisscross the trail. In the spring, wildflowers abound, including pussypaws. In the fall, the rare Elephant Head appears.
  • Prey Meadows / Skunk Harbor - Off Highway 28, approximately 2 miles north of the Spooner Junction and Highway 50.
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Elevation: 6,200'/6,800'
    • Mileage (one-way): 1½ miles
      • Off Highway 28, look for an iron gate on the west side of the highway. Park in one of the turnouts along the highway and do not block the gate. Snow free in early spring, this is a great walk through a mixed conifer forest with filtered views of Lake Tahoe along the way. Look for the remains of an old railroad grade along the way, built in the 1870's as part of the network to supply timber to Virginia City. When you reach a fork in the road, you have two options. The left fork leads to Prey Meadows which is blanketed with many varieties of wildflowers in the spring. The right fork leads you to Skunk Harbor, a small picturesque cove which offers great swimming and sunbathing in the summer

  • Marlette Lake - Spooner Junction
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Elevation: 7,000'/8,000'
    • Mileage (one-way): 5 miles
      • Park at the Spooner Lake Trailhead, located in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, just north/west of the Highway 50/28 junction. A parking fee is charged. Dogs are allowed on leash.
      • A moderate five mile uphill hike leads you through picturesque North Canyon, lined with aspens, to Marlette Lake Dam. No fishing is allowed a Marlette Lake because it is a fish hatchery.
  • Diamond Peak to Snowflake Lodge
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Mileage (one-way): 1.3 miles
      • If you are looking for a short, refreshing hike to one of Tahoe's  best picnic sites, look no further. Diamond Peak Ski Resort offers a lower intermediate 1.3 miles hike to it's mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge, overlooking Lake Tahoe.
      • Park at the Ski Resort's base lodge and follow the dirt and stone covered road alongside the Lodgepole Quad Chair and around the Crystal Quad base loading area.
      • PLEASE don't divert off this path, as erosion control measures are underway to stabilize and revegetate these popular ski slopes.
      • Once at the top there is a  4,000 foot sundeck with plenty of picnic tables and one of the most spectacular views.
Mountain Biking!
  • Rim Trail - North
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Elevation: 7,000'/8,600'
    • Mileage (one-way): 5 miles to Marlette Lake, 13 miles to Tunnel Creek
      • Take Highway 50 east approximately ½ mile from the junction of Highway 50 and 28. Parking is located just beyond the summit along the north side of the highway.
      • This trail provides wonderful views of the Carson Valley as well as glimpses of Lake Tahoe along a forested trail. Just before Snow Peak, the trail forks. The left fork leads you down steep switchbacks to the road to Marlette Lake. The right fork eventually leads you to Tunnel Creek Road.

  • Rim Trail - South
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Elevation: 8,560'/8,800'
    • Mileage (one-way): 2 miles to Duane Bliss Peak, 3 miles to South Camp Peak, 4 miles to Genoa Peak, 12 miles to Highway 207 (Kingsbury Grade)
      • Park at the Spooner Summit Rest Area located along Highway 50.
      • The trail begins behind the Nevada Department of Transportation building. Several Views of the Carson Valley as well as glimpses of Lake Tahoe can be seen along this forested trail. It is possible to climb Duane Bliss Peak (8,658'), South Camp Peak (8,866') or Genoa Peak (9,150') by traversing cross country.

  • Mt. RoseWest Shore in Summer
    • Difficulty: Strenuous
    • Elevation: 8,700'/10,778'
    • Mileage (one-way): 6 miles
      • Take Highway 431 (Mt. Rose Hwy.) north of Incline Village. Park at the trailhead located one mile south of the summit.
      • Mt. Rose (10,778'), one of the highest peaks near Lake Tahoe, offers excellent views of the lake, the city of Reno and the surrounding area. Follow a dirt road for three miles through a lodgepole cloaked forest interspersed with mule ears and sagebrush. In the spring, a lush meadow at the halfway point is filled with lupine, paintbrush and larkspur. The last two miles follow slippery switchbacks to the ridge line. Write your name in the log book located at the summit to show the world you made it!

  • Tunnel Creek Station / Flume Trail - Incline Village
    • Difficulty: Strenuous
    • Trail road starts at Nevada Highway 28, across from Hidden Beach, about 1 mile past Ponderosa Ranch (no sign, look for gate). A steep trail road, about 1½ miles each way, at the ruins of the western portal of the old log flume tunnel. No parking along Highway 28 near the entrance, you should think about being dropped off or hiring a guide service.

 

 

  • Tunnel Creek to Marlette Lake - Incline Village
    • Difficulty: Strenuous
    • Mileage (one-way): 7 miles
    • Park at the intersection of Ponderosa Rd. and Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy 28). Walk Ponderosa Rd. 25 ft. and turn right onto the Tunnel Creek Rd. 
    • Tunnel Creek Rd. will start as a paved road turning  into a gravel/dirt fire road. Follow to Marlette Lake.

 

- Please stay on trails. Shortcuts cause erosion, which threatens Lake Tahoe's clarity.

- Remove nothing from it's natural setting.

- Do not feed wildlife

- Do not litter.

- Be considerate to all outdoor users

- Please help keep the Lake Tahoe Region clean and safe! NO OPEN FIRES! 


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