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35 College Drive
S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
1.5 miles
1 to 1-1/2 hrs
Trailhead Elevation:
6200 feet
Elevation Range:
6200 feet to 6800 feet
Elevation Change:
600 feet


Snow free in early spring, this is a great walk through a mixed conifer forest with filtered views of Lake Tahoe along the way. When you reach a fork in the road, you have two options. The left fork leads to Prey Meadows which is blanketed with many varieties of wildflowers in the spring. The right fork leads you to Skunk Harbor, a small picturesque cove which offers great swimming and sunbathing in the summer.


Best Easy Day Hikes Lake Tahoe includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty-four easy-to-follow hikes within an hour of Tahoe City, Incline Village, and South Lake Tahoe/Stateline. Discover the region's diverse natural splendors -- from secluded Skunk Harbor and the granite outcrops along the Pacific Crest Trail, to stunning views at Cascade Falls and the seductions of a mountain meadow on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

1.5 miles
1 to 1-1/2 hrs
Trailhead Elevation:
Elevation Range:
6200 feet to 6800
Elevation Change:
Additional Details:

Look for the remains of an old railroad grade along the way, built in the 1870''s as part of the network to supply timber to Virginia City.

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Take Highway 28 from Highway 50 north approximately 2 miles. Look for an iron pipe gate on the west side of the highway. Park in one of the turnouts along the highway but do not block the gate.

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