There are an incredible amount of gorgeous hikes in Lake Tahoe, California. With spectacular views, clear water, and stunning mountain landscapes, Lake Tahoe is an amazing place to hike at all times of the year.

Don’t have a lot of time in Lake Tahoe but want to see some of the most beautiful hikes and views? You’re in the right place. We’ll go over 5 of the most beautiful hikes in Lake Tahoe, California.

Emerald Point Trail

Distance: 4.4 miles

Views of Emerald Bay are extraordinary and this trail will not disappoint in getting you them. It takes you right along Emerald Bay, but it is recommended to get there early to find parking.

There is a $10 fee for Emerald Bay State Park during the summer, but do note that this day pass could be used for Emerald Bay and D.L Bliss State Parks. Luckily for you, we’ll include another featured in D.L Bliss just below!

Rubicon Trailhead

Photo by Lori Ayre on Unsplash

Distance: 16.4 miles

Located in South Lake Tahoe, the Rubicon Trail is a 16.4 mile out and back trail rated as moderate. Many people have rated that the trail is best used from April until September. During the summer, there is a $10 fee per vehicle that can be used at both D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks.

As far as beautiful hikes in Lake Tahoe go, this is one that you can’t miss. It features flats, elevation gains and drops through secluded coves, and hikes along shoreline cliffs.

Secret Cove Beach

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Distance: 0.9 miles

Located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe near Carson City, Nevada, the Secret Cove Beach trail is a 0.9-mile loop that features breathtaking views of the crystal clear lake. Be advised that this is a clothing-optional beach.

You’ll have to park along the road to access the trails to this beach. There are many paths leading from the road, but we’d recommend getting there early or in the evening if you’re going during busy months. 

Bonsai Rock

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Distance: 1 mile

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Centered in the middle of a sheltered swimming cove on the eastern side of Lake Tahoe, Bonsai Rock is a hidden gem that few people know about due to the lack of parking and signage.

On the southeastern side of this granite boulder, you can even jump into the lake when the water is high enough.

Since the hike to Bonsai Rock isn’t an official trail, getting there can be challenging and dangerous. Most of the trails are steep, so be sure to come prepared with proper hiking equipment. Similar to Secret Cove, you’re also going to need to park on the side of the road on a small pullout.

If you have the time, Bonsai Rock is most easily accessed by paddleboard, boat, or kayak during the warmer months.

Have You Been to Any Cool Hikes in Lake Tahoe?

Where has been your favorite place to visit in Lake Tahoe that you think we should add to our list next time we visit? Let us know in the comments below!

Interested in figuring out what else there is to do around Lake Tahoe? 6 Reasons Why You Should Go To Lake Tahoe


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