Dubbed as “America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway”, the long awaited Tahoe East Shore Trail is a 3-mile paved trail system connects Incline Village south to Sand Harbor State Park. The 10-foot wide paved path meets the American Disability Act standards to make certain that everyone can participate whether walking, rolling, running, or riding. Pedal-assist e-bikes are welcome, but leave motorized vehicles or scooters at home. Not only is this a spectacular way to enjoy a stroll or cruise with unfiltered views of Lake Tahoe, the path also provides direct access to public beaches, coves and trails along the picturesque Nevada shoreline.
Bring a towel! The East Shore Trail offers 11 beach access points for a cool, refreshing mid-trail swim, including safer and easier access to the popular Hidden Beach. Bike racks along the path offer a secure place to lock up a bike or stroller.
The first mile of the path is on the mountain side of the highway, offering incomparable views of Tahoe from a completely new vantage point. Cross through the tunnel, and enjoy two miles of path along the shoreline. The steepest section of the path is on the mountain side, but it never reaches more than 8% grade.
There are 16 vista points along the path that offer beautiful rest stops to get off the path and enjoy the views. While there, take the time to read the inscriptions vista point donors wrote on their Tahoe-shaped plaques.
The trail is pet friendly, so leashed four-legged family members are welcome. Keep in mind the path does get very hot during peak sunlight hours as there is very little shade. Dogs are not recommended during hot summer days. And, don’t forget to pick up after your pup.