Visiting Northeastern Lake Tahoe
Posted On: 2018-08-27
I recently visited my mom and sister and we took a day trip to the Northeastern part of Lake Tahoe with our dogs. It was a bit hazy due to the various wildfire’s smoke blowing into the area. Tahoe can be a tourist trap and be crowded at times. Also due to road construction, there were 5 to 10-minute delays in a few different spots. They also have issues with garbage bears. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and I think it's a very beautiful and fun place to visit. The Northeast portion of Lake Tahoe starts around Crystal Bay, Nevada and ends at about Glenbrook, Nevada. It's 72 miles to drive around Lake Tahoe and takes about 3 hours if you don’t stop and just drive… but what fun is that?
Monkey Rock is a decent-sized piece of granite whose features resemble that of a monkey head. The rock can be found near Incline Village off the Flume Trail. Over the years, an ear and some nostrils have been carved in the granite by someone. If you park on the road next to Tunnel Creek Café, walk behind the Café and follow the paved road behind it that goes up and heads South. The paved road ends in a few hundred yards and gives way to a Forest Service gate. From there, you are on a trail that will be flat … for a little bit. After a mile or so, you will come to the new post where you are supposed to self-pay and another Forest Service gate. Continue to follow the trail (it splits) up the incline. Keep going until you reach a couple of wooden posts on the left side of the trail and there is where the Monkey rock can be found, along with great views of Lake Tahoe! If you continue to follow the Tunnel Lake trail, you can go all the way to Marlette Lake if you want.
Some Great Hidden Beaches & Lakes!
Thunderbird Beach is located 5.3 miles south of Incline Village and 1 mile south of Sand Harbor. There are some other nice beaches as you continue South along the east side of Lake Tahoe. Chimney Beach, Dog-Friendly (Hidden Beach), Secret Cove, Secret Harbor, Creek Beach and Harbor Beach are located, from North to South, along the Northeast side of Lake Tahoe. The famous and historic 4.4-mile Marlette Flume Trail is in this area also. This trail can be accessed from the south via North Canyon or from the North via the steeper Tunnel Creek Road. If you zoom to the street level view on Google Maps, you can take a virtual trip around part of Marlette Lake.
Three state parks are here too!!
Spooner Lake State Park, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and Washoe Lake State Park are located around the Northeast side of Lake Tahoe. Spooner Lake State Park is a widespread recreational and natural oasis, with a lake surrounded by aspens and more than 12,000 acres of forested, open space. The park features 50 miles of hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails and primitive roads. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is located near Incline Village, Nevada and includes the Sand Point and Sand Harbor beach area. Washoe Lake State Park is nestled in a scenic valley where bald eagles soar. Washoe Lake State Park offers breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada, Carson, and Virginia mountain ranges.
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