Lake Tahoe is about to see the biggest weekend of the Summer and possibly the entire year, 4th of July. Who wouldn’t want to come visit Lake Tahoe — there’s plenty of hiking, wakeboarding, boating, sun bathing and beach activities just waiting for you to experience! Not to mention the delicious food and amazing views. In honor of the big weekend, I am going to be posting about my favorite activities and restaurants all week! I will add something new every day so stay tuned.
Chimney Beach: This beach is located on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe and easily accessible with a large parking lot on the main road. If you are driving towards Carson City from Incline Village, the Chimney Beach parking lot will be about 2.5 miles after Sand Harbor. It is about a 15 minute hike down to the water and a 20-30 minute hike back up to the parking lot. This beach is DOG FRIENDLY which obviously makes it one of my (and my Golden Retriever, Oakley’s) favorite beaches. Don’t forget to pack a floatie, a cooler full of beer, lunch and lots of water! Eat: T’s Mesquite Rotisserie in Incline Village (Favorites: Tostada, Burrito and Chicken Sandwich)
Mountain Bike the Flume Trail: This trail has some of the best views of Lake Tahoe and access to Marlette Lake. You can rent bikes from Flume Trail Bikes located at Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village. The easiest route for most bikers would be to sign up for the shuttle that drops you at Spooner Lake and ride one way back to your car at Tunnel Creek Cafe. If you do happen to have two cars, you can save some money by leaving one car at Tunnel Creek and taking the other to Spooner Lake. This trail is moderately difficult and is 14 miles one way, you will be climbing 1000 feet for the first 4 miles so be prepared for that!! The views (and the downhill) are SO worth it!! Eat: Crosby’s Pub in Incline Village –What’s better after a 14 mile bike ride than a pub that serves breakfast until 10pm! (Favorites: Philly Cheese Steak, Build Your Omelette and French Toast)
Hiking Mt. Tallac: Mt. Tallac is one of the most rewarding hikes in Lake Tahoe. Once you reach the summit, you will have 360 degree views of Lake Tahoe and on the way up there are a few little lakes and beautiful views. This hike is 9.5 miles round trip and you will gain 3,500 feet during the ascent. The trailhead is located 3.5 miles north of South Lake Tahoe — Take Highway 89 towards Homewood and look for the Mt. Tallac Trailhead sign directly across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach. Turn left down the dirt road and continue to the trailhead parking. Pack plenty of water, snacks and a light jacket as it can be windy after you get over the ridge. If you are bringing your dog with you, I suggest purchasing dog boots ( I have these) as the slate can get very hot and burn your dogs pads. Eat: Beach Hut Deli, South Lake Tahoe (Favorites: Malibu, Marley Nachos and The Woody — Don’t forget a pint of Alohawk)
Paddle board or Kayak at Waterman’s Landing: Kayaking has always been a very popular activity on Lake Tahoe and now paddle boarding is becoming very popular as well. There are plenty of places to rent on the lake but Waterman’s Landing is definitely the most convenient especially if you have dog! Of all the beaches in Tahoe that have rentals, Waterman’s Landing is the easiest to find parking. They have a lot so even if you park on the street you can drop off your bags (and paddle boards if you have your own). Stand Up Paddle boards and single kayaks are $25 to rent for an hour and $80 to rent for the day. There are plenty of dogs at this beach having a great time — playing fetch and swimming in the water. Waterman’s Landing also has a great cafe where they serve breakfast and lunch all day. Eat: Old Post Office Cafe (favorites: crab cake benedict, french toast and Californian omelette. — expect to wait up to an hour for a table at this local’s favorite!
Hiking in Squaw Valley: Squaw Valley is known internationally for it’s amazing ski and snowboard terrain, but did you know that Squaw also has some of the best hiking in Lake Tahoe? I have hiked Shirley Canyon and Granite Chief multiple times and not only do they provide a great workout, but they have some of the best views of Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley. Granite Chief: Moderate 11.2 mile long trail beginning near the Squaw Valley Fire Station and Squaw Valley Adventure Center. You will gain about 2,370 feet during the hike and see great views the entire time! Shirley Canyon: Moderate 4.1 mile long trail that begins at the end of Squaw Peak road after you pass the village and ends at High Camp. You will gain about 1,387 feet on this hike. The good news is that you are able to take the tram down for free during summer (dogs are also allowed on the tram). This is the perfect hike for a group that is looking to see some spectacular views on their hike, and to finish with a few cocktails and a free tram ride down. The last 1 mile of this hike is the hardest so prepare for that! Eat: Fireside Pizza (Favorites: Thai Curry Chicken Pizza, Fire Roasted Medley Pizza and Pear & Walnut Salad)