Lake Tahoe in the Spring

I have been anxiously awaiting for some of the snow to melt off Mount Rose so I could begin my explorations on the most beautiful mountain in Reno.  With the 70 degree weather we have been having I thought it would be fun to check out Lake Tahoe and see what the trail conditions are like up there this time of year. I have one word to describe my adventure out there this weekend : Perfect!
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Everything from the weather, the water and the timing was amazing. I have never been up to the Lake in late winter or early spring; only in the summer. But I think the spring is my new favorite season. There are no people, you have the whole beach to yourself, people don’t glare at you when your dog is flinging sand, and the water is so blue it is unbelievable.
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I went to Chimney Beach. This is a dog beach, it is somewhat secluded and there is a gorgeous trail, about 2 miles, that you can run on before taking a cooling dip in the lake.
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To get to this beach you head up Mt. Rose Highway…for a LONG time. Keep going until you reach a round about and you will go left onto Tahoe Blvd. You will drive past the boating docks, a few miles past Sand Harbor beach, and you will see a little parking lot, big enough for about 20 cars. In the winter the lot is closed so I had to park on the narrow side of the road. But it all works.

To get to the beach from here it is about a .5 mile hike down a steep hill, but you can follow the trail for longer and get in some amazing views of the lake. Right now the trails are completely clear from snow and very dry. CAUTION! If you are here in the summer, or on a warmer day, there is a nude beach in the area. I have never been to it or seen it, but one day I was hiking down to the water and this older man saw me coming and took off his shorts and sat on a tree stump….nude. It was so awkward because it was right on the trail; there was no avoiding it. People are so interesting.

The water was a little chilly, but after I had soaked my Merrell’s and my pants which I like to think are waterproof, staying dry was out of the question and I didn’t try to avoid it anymore.

Let me just say I have never seen such blue water. This photo was taken without a filter. AMAZING!
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Also my mom and I found a really long stick, and since I have a golden retriever, and so does my mom, we wanted to play fetch with them and use this ridiculously long stick. Check it out in my YouTube video!

As I was out on some rocks with my dog a plane flew in front of us, just feet from the water, and my mom was able to capture it all on camera….such perfect timing it was unbelievable.
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Do you like to explore Tahoe in the spring? What is your favorite trail up here? Share you trails and experiences with me! @RachelRoen

Happy Trails!

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2 Responses to “Lake Tahoe in the Spring”


  1. 1 drew March 31, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    amazing pics, sounds like an awesome time!


  1. 1 Lower Thomas Creek Trail | Rachel Roen: Golden Hiking Trackback on April 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

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