When visiting a new destination, there is always a list of must-see locations which highlight the best features. Yet, sometimes it is worth venturing off the beaten path and exploring more atypical locales. Here are some beaches that will allow for memorable and unique experiences during your stay in Lake Tahoe.
Probably the quietest area of Lake Tahoe, this southwest shore is a peaceful corner. A steep trail leads down to the water’s edge, just off of Highway 89. Another great way to reach this small beach is kayaking or paddleboarding from South Shore.
Chimney Beach is a hidden East Shore gem. Tucked behind a slope, the cove can be reached through trails leading down. A derelict chimney and hearth left from a destructed beachfront cabin distinguishes the stretch of sand. Large, flat boulders populate the beach, making for perfect picnic tables or tanning platforms. Pack some dinner and wine, because as soon as night blankets the sky, Chimney Beach becomes a gorgeous spot for star gazing.
A mile off of the nearest highway, Skunk Harbor can be found by a hike or bike ride down the old fire road. With one main cove and several smaller ones, it is easy to find the picturesque nook that best appeals to each visitor.
Kiva Beach is the quieter and smaller beach that is off of Camp Richardson. If wanting to avoid the crowds, Kiva Beach is the ultimate choice. It is one of the few dog friendly beaches in Tahoe, so bring that furry companion along on a leash. This shore is a bit rocky so water shoes are recommended.
Located in Emerald Bay State Park, Vikingsholm Beach is worth the trek for a brief lesson in Tahoe history. A short hike down to the beach leads past Eagle Falls and to the Vikingsholm Castle, one of the greatest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Kayaks can be rented to reach Fannette Island and to visit the tea house. Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed locations in Lake Tahoe and a must-see for all visitors.
Don’t forget that the concierge services at The Ridge will help you plan a fantastic day!