Hiking North & East Shore
From Highway 28 on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, turn north on Reservoir Drive,
just east of the old Tahoe Biltmore Casino. Turn right on Lakeshore Ave.
and left on Forest Service Road 1601 (by the iron pipe gate). Park in the parking lot just below the lookout.
Prey Meadows/ Sunk Harbor
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 and do not block the gate.
Snow free in early spring, this is a great walk through a mixed conifer forest with filtered
views of Lake Tahoe along the way. 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.
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.
Park at the Spooner Lake Trailhead, located in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, just north/west of the Highway
30/28 junction. A parking fee is charged. Dogs are allowed on a leash. A moderate five mile uphill hike leads you
through picturesque North Canyon, lined with aspens, to Marlette Lake. This road provides access to the Flume Trail,
a popular mountain biking trail, which starts at Marlette Lake Dam. No fishing is allowed at Marlette Lake because it is a fish hatchery.
View of Emerald Bay and Fanette Island