If you want to take your fur buddy on a hike with scenery pretty enough to feature on a postcard, then head to Skunk Harbor on Lake Tahoe in Nevada. There's an out and back trail there which is seriously picturesque. Think lake surrounded by pine forests and a shoreline dotted with accessible beaches. It's a paw-some.
You'll find the trailhead ten miles outside of Incline Village on Highway 28 in the direction of Spooner Lake. The trailhead is signposted, and there is a small pull-in where you can park. Parking can be an issue here as the trail is a popular one and there are not a lot of vehicle spaces. It's easier to find a spot either in the early morning or in the late afternoon. Once you're out of the car and have your pup on their leash, be ready for a scramble. The trail has a moderate downhill inclination which makes for an easy start but is quite testing on those leg muscles when you're on the way back. Take water and snacks for you and your pup.
From the moment you and your pup set out, you'll be trekking along a broad dirt track bordered by pine trees and shrubs. It might sound shady, but it's the opposite. The pine covering is sparse, so it's quite exposed. The bonus? You can see for miles. The views are simply stunning. You'll see a range of snow-capped mountains in the distance and catch glimpses of the lake waters sparkling through the trees. The end of the trail brings you into a secluded cove which is Skunk Harbor. When you arrive and see the turquoise waters lapping against the sand, you'll feel as if you've been transported to the Mediterranean. Whether you take a swim or explore the coastline, it's a pup-tastic place to spend time with your fur buddy. Have a great hike!
There are large boulders along the shoreline. If you clamber over them be careful not to twist your ankle.