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  • Olympic Valley, California

    Olympic Valley, California is a popular area for adventure seekers. From scenic trails to must-visit attractions, this area has something for everyone. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities, and the area offers a variety of trails for all skill levels. Other outdoor adventures include kayaking, rafting, and fishing. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there are plenty of scenic spots to take in the views. Popular attractions in and near the area include Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and Emerald Bay. Whether you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a peaceful retreat, Olympic Valley has it all. With so many amazing outdoor activities and attractions, it's no wonder why it's such a popular destination.

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    • Washoe County, Nevada

      Sand Harbor Nature Trail

      4.5
      0.54 mi / 33 ft gain
      While Sand Harbor Park is a popular summer destination, the sunsets from this spot are breathtaking year round and you will have less company in the winter. The park is located right off of Highway 28 and has an admission fee of $7. There is a parking lot that fills up quickly in the summer, so a...
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    • Sand Harbor, Nevada

      Surf Lake Tahoe at Sand Harbor

      5.0
      Surfing Lake Tahoe is a rare opportunity which only happens when there is a lot of wind. It's nothing like surfing in the ocean. There are mountains in the background, the water is fresh, and generally the waves are small. You can see if there are waves on the drive there (if driving counter-cloc...
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    • New Washoe City, Nevada

      Sand Harbor Beach

      4.8
      This is what you would call a family beach. It is clean, beautiful, and well maintained. The admission price for vehicles has gone up quite a bit, but based on the economy and the fact that this park remains clean and glass-free, you really cannot complain. The beach gets pretty crowded and they ...
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    • New Washoe City, Nevada

      SUP from Sand Harbor

      4.5
      My favorite is to take a trip from Sand Harbor State Beach to Thunderbird Lodge along the East Shore in Lake Tahoe. Start by traveling to Sand Harbor State Beach, park in the parking lot and bring your equipment to the sandy shore. Hop on your board and begin heading south along the East Shore...
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    • Incline Village, Nevada

      Bike or Take a Stroll along the Tahoe East Shore Trail

      5.0
      2.75 mi / 300 ft gain
      Lake Tahoe's East Shore Trail is a wide paved walking and cycling path running between Incline Village and Sand Harbor State Park. Opened in 2019, the path lies completely separate from the road, sometimes hovering well above it on the mountainside, and other times running parallel to it on a bri...
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    • Incline Village, Nevada

      Monkey Rock

      4.7
      2.64 mi / 463 ft gain
      Monkey Rock is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada.
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    • New Washoe City, Nevada

      Photograph Bonsai Rock

      5.0
      Bonsai Rock is a popular attraction for photographers as it is a unique boulder with tiny trees growing out of it, enclosed next to the shoreline. This makes it a beautiful place to enjoy a scenic sunset, as well as play with some long exposure photography.It's located on the east side of Lake Ta...
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    • Carson City, Nevada

      Hike to Secret Cove

      5.0
      0.9 mi / 209 ft gain
      Take a short little hike down from HWY 28 to Secret Cove to relax on the beach on sunbathe on rocks. The water is incredibly clear and has different shades of turquoise. There are many rocks to climb on and the water is great for swimming. It gets crowded early, and is a nude beach, so plan accor...
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    • Carson City, Nevada

      Relax at Tahoe's Chimney Beach

      5.0
      2.2 mi
      Located on the East Bank of Lake Tahoe along Highway 28, Chimney Beach is a great alternative to the more popular and heavily used beaches which can be quite a challenge to gain access due to the parking limitations during the busy summer months and on weekends.From the parking area on the east s...
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    • Carson City, Nevada

      Marlette Lake via Chimney Beach Trailhead

      4.0
      5.96 mi / 1713 ft gain
      This trail starts right off NV28 between Chimney Beach and Great Tahoe Beach. Around 30 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe and the CA/NV border, we arrived close to 10am with plenty of parking available. While it seemed the trail was heavily used by mountain bikes, we encountered zero during our ...
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    • Carson City, Nevada

      Secret Harbor / Whale Beach

      4.0
      1.67 mi / 384 ft gain
      Secret Harbor / Whale Beach is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Carson City, Nevada.
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Hike the Rubicon Trail

      5.0
      7 mi / 400 ft gain
      The Rubicon Trail is a through hike connecting D.L. Bliss State Park and Emerald Bay State Park.  You can start at either point.  I opted to start at D.L. Bliss State Park to avoid the long walk uphill to catch the Nifty Fifty shuttle.  Also, there is more available parking at Bliss.  Park your c...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Hike the Lighthouse Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park

      4.8
      2.3 mi / 505 ft gain
      The Lighthouse Trail is a 2.3 mile loop located in D.L. Bliss State Park on the lower west side of world famous Lake Tahoe. To get the trail, enter the park through the main entrance ($10 parking fee), the  follow the road until you see two parking areas of the left side with about 6 or 7 spots e...
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    • Carson City, Nevada

      Hike to Skunk Harbor

      4.5
      The parking for Skunk Beach is very limited and a little difficult to find. Make sure you get there early if you want a spot. The parking is a turnoff along highway 28, about two miles north of the junction with highway 50. There is no trail sign or anything but there is an old green pipe gate wh...
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    • Carson City, Nevada

      Skunk Harbor

      4.0
      2.83 mi / 564 ft gain
      Skunk Harbor is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Glenbrook, Nevada.
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay State Park via Rubicon Trail

      7.21 mi / 1424 ft gain
      D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay State Park via Rubicon Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Tahoma, California.
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