Chimney Beach Lake Tahoe, nevada

Lake Tahoe can never get old.

And it's even better when you can get into the lake and see how clear the water is. There are lots of spots you can pull over on 50 but sometimes you don't really know if there's a clear path down to the lake, and sometimes pulling over on the highway just doesn't feel that safe.

Chimney Beach is perfect in that there's a designated parking lot and a clear, easy trail down to the lake. Even more amazing is sometimes the parking lot looks full but when you get down to the beach it can be completely empty.

The trail is a quick 2 mile hike down on a sandy dirt trail and all along the way you get incredible views of the lake.

As you get closer to the lake there are rocks you can scramble on, if you like that sort of thing. WIth water this clear I couldn't wait to get my paws wet!

The beach isn't your soft sand type of beach. In fact, it's pretty gravel-y but the water is clean and on warm days, swimmable.

So why is this beach called Chimney Beach?

Well, there's a chimney there, on the beach. It seems like something left over from a house that could have been there, but I'm not completely sure. Sure does make a nice sitting spot, though.

The chimney in the distance



This is definitely one of our favorite spots so we'll probably come back here and explore the rest of the trail.

If you have a chance to check this beach out, just make sure to wear layers! We were here in November and it was about 60 degrees, which was fine hiking to the beach, but it got hot very quickly hiking the 2 miles back up to the parking lot.

Your fur parents want to know:

  • Yes, there is parking
  • Yes, this is an off-leash area
  • No, this is not a fenced enclosure
  • No, there are no water fountains
  • No, there are no poop bags
  • Yes, there are trash bins (but they were locked when we visited - it might be a seasonal thing)
  • No, there are no benches
  • Yes, there are toilets (but they were locked when we visited - it might be a seasonal thing)

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