One of the earlier reviews mentioned this trail was accessible by wheelchairs or strollers. I took that to mean that motorized scooters would also be accessible, and that is not really the case. It IS a nice little, easy trail around the lake, and very enjoyable. But there were four different places my Dad had to get off the scooter and I had to CARRY the thing over some rocks and roots. This would have been no problem if there was someone else with me to help, but doing it by myself was a pain. It also helped that my Dad had enough mobility to get past these obstacles himself, but just barely. Again, a nice hike, nice view, a pleasant way to spend an hour, and easy, but be aware that it is not scooter (or wheelchair) accessible.
Jim M. on Skunk Harbor
Pleasant short walk to a scenic beach. Crowded with many anchored boats. Many yellow jackets means people are sloppy with their trash.
This is a great hike to do with kids. We did it with 13, 8 and 4 year old and they enjoyed it tremendously. Relatively easy walk on a broad forest road, plenty of small animals to see, huge pine cones to find, rocks to climb, and a secluded small beach at the end, so everyone can cool off in the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe.
The trail is frequented but not unpleasantly busy (on a weekday). The beach was quite crowded though. Many people boat there, adding to the crowds and blocking the lake with their anchored vessels.
Unless you are a beekeeper, do not go on this hike expecting a relaxing swim at the harbor. There were yellow jacket wasps everywhere, and I mean everywhere, so it was very hard to relax at the water. It is still a very bee-utiful hike, so if you don't mind wasps buzzing around you every second literally, then enjoy! Consider a re-name to Wasp harbor, just a suggestion.
Biking in is great fun. There are a few off trail routes cut out by others you can find that include jumps off logs and so on. Travel light because getting back is all up for 500 ft. The beach is pretty perfect. Secluded coves and crystal water with sandy bottom. Fun rocks to boulder around and dive off.
Popular days will attract a few boats but get lucky or go/stay late in the day and you may be there alone.
Bring your hammock to put between the old pier stumps over the water.
It was hot and dry, but I knew that going in. Given the short distance I did this section as a day hike to minimize the water I had to carry. I took 5 liters and it was more than enough to get through this section. Despite everything, you get some amazing views of the entire lake. These views were worth every step.