This beautiful hidden gem of North Lake Tahoe covers a moderate, lightly trafficked trail that is extremely dog and family friendly. Skunk Harbor features a variety of activity options and offers plenty of incredible lake views along with the mixed conifer forest situated nearby.
Initially offered as a wedding gift by George Newhall to his wife, Skunk Harbor represents a historic structure managed by the administration of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada-California. The picturesque cove at Skunk Harbor is an ideal destination for kids and dogs, although visitors will need to be considerate about the steep climb back up the hill, upon their return from the cove.
The location is an ideal off-leash dog area where Fido can run around and play in the crystal-clear water freely. There are also a lot of vantage points for hiking up and down the trail, and you will find some great shady spots provided by the forest trees. It is a lovely area for both you and your dog to enjoy nature.
There is no sign for the trailhead, except for a green pipe gate on the west side of the highway, while the parking area is only available at the turnouts along the road. You must always clean up after your dogs and keep them on a leash when outside of the designated area. They are also able to enjoy picnicking, fishing, boating, sunbathing or swimming alongside their furry companions, surrounded by stunning wildlife and ice-cold, blue waters.
The sandy beach cove at Skunk Harbor is a must-see summer destination, always kept in pristine condition. Bring Fido to run down the trail or hike next to you in one of the only off-leash dog zones in the Lake Tahoe area. Fantastic views, turquoise harbor water, and accessible trails are just some of the region’s most enticing attractions.