Tahoe - Less Crowded Beaches
last updated 9 JULY 2020
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Calawee Cove, Rubicon Cove, Vikingsholm at D. L. Bliss State & Emerald Bay State Parks:
Not a whole lot of parking there down past the DL Bliss campground, we usually try to get there before 10am to make sure they'll sell us a parking pass before it fills up.
Go all the way to end of the road past Lester Beach to a trail down to Calawee Cove Beach.

From the trailhead at the first parking lot near the campground the Rubicon Trail takes you 1.5 miles to Rubicon Cove Beach (a hidden non-maintained beach along the trail).

Another 2 miles takes you to the Vikingsholm Beach.
A shorter route to the Vikingsholm Beach is from the Emerald Bay Parking lot past Bliss. This parking lot fills up early so you may have to go a little Way down the road to the Eagle Falls parking lot or park along the road.
From the parking lot it is a 1 mile hike down a steep trail (400 ft. elevation drop) to Vikingsholm.


Skylandia State Park Beach North of Tahoe City.
Head to Lake Forest Road, off of Highway 28, to get there.
Possible Nude sunbathers.
Moon Dunes Beach, Tahoe Vista
perfect for swimming or kayaking. An easy jaunt from North Lake Boulevard, where street parking is available, this stretch feels removed from the surrounding summertime hustle and bustle.

Skunk Harbor is quite a mission to access from the road.
1.5 miles plus 500 ft. elevation gain.
To begin, find the trailhead by the green gate, then keep right at the fork in the trail to reach the beach.

  Chimney beach becomes the overflow crowd when Sand Harbor fills up in any given day.
Also a mile hike.

Kiva Beach
Turn into the Tallac Historic Site, and meander down to the expanse of beach before you. Turn to gaze at the throngs of people at other areas just down the way

Pope Beach & Baldwin Beach
Baldwin is less crowded than Pope.
Larger parking lots so they can accommodate more people without filling up.

Hidden Beach:
You’re likely to find quiet spots here because the parking is difficult.There actually is no parking for Hidden Beach; the best place to park is near the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Hwy. 28 in Incline Village.About a half-mile south of the intersection you can take the developed trail to the beach. You’ll find a long sand stretch that’s shallow and great for younger kids.

"Secret Beach" = a drainage culvert/dry creek bed between two houses. Directly adjacent Tahoe Ski Bowl way. The path has overgrown a bit past few years. It takes you down to a small patch of pebbly beachfront between two private piers from next door homeowners. Path is between two property boundaries, approx 100yds +\- south of Obexers southern boundary.
Gets pretty shady by 3pm. Only room for 3 or 4 people.
It is technically at the end of an extension of Tahoe Ski Bowl way on county maps, but is just a trail maintained by some local people.


There are also some small beaches near the Emerald Bay end of the Rubicon Trail from D. L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay.


Sources: Don and Sean McBride
Quiet Lake Tahoe Beaches That Are Worth The Trip | Holiday Inn Club
Five secluded Tahoe beaches to hit this summer
5 Beautiful, Secluded Beaches of Lake Tahoe | Property Alliance Blog