The days are getting longer and warmer – albeit a small snow squall this weekend, but that’s Tahoe weather for you! We are lucky to have a wealth of outdoor adventure options in the Tahoe Basin, so if weather permits and you are able to maintain social distancing from others, here are the top five spots to get outside and enjoy some fresh air this week.
1. Shirley Canyon
One the area’s most popular day hikes, this trail meanders up Shirley Canyon past waterfalls, granite slabs and the picturesque Shirley Lake. You can continue this hike all the way to Squaw Valley High Camp. The top affords beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and a uniquely quiet Squaw Valley. You may encounter patches of snow still lingering in the shady ares of the trail, so make sure you have sturdy hiking boots. The sun can also be stronger at altitude, so dress in layers, wear sunscreen, and take plenty of water. Directions to the trail head are here. For more tips on this hike, check out this blog from Squaw Valley.
2. Hurricane Bay
A favorite for dog owners, this pebbled beach on Tahoe’s West Shore is a local favorite. This is one of the only dog friendly beaches in the area, so bring your furry friends for a splash in the lake. There is something soothing about the lake lapping against the shore. Grab some sandwiches from West Shore Market (call in your orders to pick-up) and enjoy an afternoon picnic. And if you love skipping rocks, there are perfect picks galore at this beach.
3. Hidden Beach
Take a pedal on the new East Shore bike trail to Hidden Beach. Park at the Tunnel Creek Trail Head and then enjoy 3 miles of beautiful paved trail. It is open to runners, walkers, and bikers, so stay alert and be careful when crossing the highway. This trail is a great way to get close to lake for beautiful views and a fresh mountain breeze. You can take this trail all the way to Sand Harbor, or pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic beach at Hidden Beach, about half way along the trail. For more trail details, click here.
4. Meeks Bay Trail
A beautiful train meandering by Meeks Creek, which flows through a meadow that is full of wildflowers if you’re lucky. The trail starts at Meeks Bay and goes into the Desolation Wilderness, ending at Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake if you hike the full 9.8 miles. Since it’s an out and back hike, you can head up as far as you like, or until you run into too much snow. Furry friends are also welcome on this trail, as long as they are kept on a leash.
5. Squaw Valley Bike Path
Another family favorite, and right out our backdoor, is the Truckee River Bike Path. An easy cruise from Squaw Valley along the Truckee River, this paved path takes you all the way to Tahoe City. Families love this trail because it is a very gentle route, but if you want to ride all the way to the lake be ready for a 7.5 mile trip one way.