Since moving to the Bay Area, P and I have been anxious to explore the west coast and all it has to offer. On 4th of July weekend, we visited Lake Tahoe for the first time to experience the lake in the summer, and it was AMAZING! So amazing, in fact, that a mere 3 weeks later, we were driving the four hours back to the crystal blue waters, crisp air, and jaw-dropping views.
Here are some of our favorite spots and must-see’s when visiting Lake Tahoe:
Secret Cove: This hidden gem has become our ultimate playground when we visit the lake. It’s a clothing optional, dog friendly cove that’s perfect for enjoying the sun and the water. The views from here are spectacular, the water is warmer, and it’s way less crowded than your other lake front beaches (probably because you have to do a little 20 minute hike to get here). Park at Chimney Beach. Follow the trail down towards the lake (it’s a clear trail but rather steep). When the trail splits, take the trail on the left (Chimney Beach is on the right) and follow it all the way down to the cove. You’ll come upon steps that will take you down to the cove. P and I take our beach chairs, beach umbrella, a cooler, and a backpack of towels and floaties and spend the whole day swimming and sunbathing. If you don’t want to hike, you can rent a speed boat and dock your boat in the cove (or any other part of the lake), but that’ll set you back about $800 for the day.
Rubicon Trail & Emerald Bay: This trail is moderately easy with nonstop views of the lake and the beautiful Emerald Bay. The most popular part of the trail is between D.L. Bliss and Vikingsholm. We started at D.L. Bliss, but never made it to Vikingsholm because we were too enraptured by the blue lake waters and went for a mid-hike dip instead. Parking can be a pain, so start early.
Sand Harbor Beach: A popular beach on the northeast side of the lake, this small beach and swimming area is perfect for families. Plenty of smooth rocks to climb and sunbathe on and the waters are shallow and relatively warm. They only have so many parking spots at the beach, so get there early. Otherwise, you can park a 15 -20 minute walk away along the roadside. There’s a place to rent kayaks and paddleboards, but on a warm sunny day, the rentals go pretty quickly.
Bonsai Rock: The ultimate spot for photographers. It’s a tall rock that has a few small trees growing out of it. There are multiple short but steep trails down to the rock. This place is perfect for sunset.
Kings Beach: A popular beach located north of the lake. Here, you can rent jetskis, paddleboards, kayaks, etc. The beach is pretty large and can get very crowded, but it is situated in a little downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Head over to Lake Tahoe before the summer is over! Loving our west coast adventures so far! More to come!