The Lam Watah Trail is a historic path through land that for centuries was a campsite to the Washoe tribe. Passing through the vast Watah Meadows, with their picturesque pond and stream, the trail leads to sandy Nevada Beach on the shore of Lake Tahoe, where you'll find picnic tables and grills both on the sand and in the trees surrounding the beach. Interpretive signs along the route depict the natural and historic significance of the area, so be sure to pause to read and reflect.
Access to the trail is at the intersection of Kahle Drive and Highway 50, where you'll find parking and a restroom. More a walk than a hike, the mostly paved path meanders through grasslands dotted with sage, over boardwalked wetlands and a footbridge, and among Jeffrey Pine and Quaking Aspen copses, all of which provide habitats for birds, including, small mammals and deer. Although the trail snakes past residential neighborhoods, the overall feel is pastoral, peaceful and quiet, a respite from the Stateline casinos and bustle. Rustic fencing and granite formations, along with ancient trees felled by age and environment, break up the vast meadow visually, with the distant craggy peaks of the Desolation Wilderness hovering in the background.
Several small, unpaved trails form detours to the lovely pond surrounded by willows, or to the neighborhood streets. The main trail rises and falls with the terrain's small undulations, and moves through alternating sun and shade. The trail is open to bicyclists, so be sure to keep Fido firmly leashed and stay to the right. There are no waste bags provided, but you'll find receptacles and restrooms at both trail ends, so please pick up after your pooch and discard the waste safely. There is parking at the beach end as well, but that lot requires a $2.00 fee.
Lam Watah Trail is a convenient way for residents and visitors alike to get some regular exercise with their fur-pups, and get away from urban life for a short time. Woofderful!
Leashed pups are welcome on the trail, but prohibited on the beach.