If you’re in the mood for a little adventure, head up to Eagle Rock to catch the sunset from above. A quick hike up the trail rewards you with expansive views of the lake. This trail is very popular but there are a variety of spots to sit and enjoy the view once you get to the top. Pack some snacks and a cold beer to enjoy at the top.
There’s a reason it’s called Hidden Beach – although it has gained in popularity since the completion of the East Shore Trail, Hidden Beach is still a favorite spot for locals and visitors. It still takes a little effort to get there, but the secluded sand shore and large granite boulders are always worth it. You can park at the lot in Incline Village and meander along the popular walking and biking trail, through a tunnel under the Highway, and pass right by Hidden Beach. The trail also continues along the east shore all the way to Sand Harbor. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can wade out to one of the larger rocks and soak up iconic views of the West Shore.
Nestled next to the confluence of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River, The Gatekeepers Museum offers open grounds and picnic tables by the water’s edge. Across the street from downtown Tahoe City, you can head over to Bridgetender afterwards for a delicious dinner on their patio next to the Truckee River.
A staple on the West Shore, Hurricane Bay is a local favorite for sunsets. It’s one of the few spots in the area that allows dogs, so your furry friends can enjoy a romp in the lake while you soak up the views. The beach is not your average sandy shore, but rather made up of small smooth rocks that can get very hot. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. There is ample parking along the side of the road.
If you’re looking for a more upscale experience, you can enjoy the sunset on the deck at Sunnyside. Overlook the lake with a delicious cocktail in hand, as you savor dinner at the private tables along the shore. We love the Sunnyside Refresh, and make sure you leave room for dessert – the famous Hula Pie is divine!