Quail Lake is a 1.5 mi. hike from the main part of Homewood,
or you can drive up Meadow Rd. or Ellis Rd. to shorten the hike to a little less
than a mile.|
It is about a 500 foot vertical climb to Quail Lake at 6,800' elevation.
The lake is actually a reservoir supplying water to parts of Homewood.
It is stocked with beautiful catch and release trout. (fishermen
must have special permits, as it is private), but looking is free.
black bear, fox, mountain lions, snowshoe hare, eagles, and other interesting
sights, especially early in the day. It’ very peaceful there, and quite
beautiful, too. Insect repellent is a good plan, as mosquitoes and trout are
You can continue on from the south end of the lake up a trail, which may be hard to find, to the fire road which goes by the remains of the old Noonchester mine to Lake Louise at 7,740 feet. From their you can follow fire roads back down to the bottom of the ski hill.
If you're real adventurous you can bushwhack (mostly open rock with a few trees) to Ellis Peak at 8,700'
Directions from Homewood
Article from the Tahoe City World
Fly Fishing Trips