Secret Cove Beach is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carson City, Nevada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.9 miElevation gain209 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBeachForestLakeViewsWildlife
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Jami Brophy
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HikingGreat!

Awesome area! Once you head down from the road there’s a bunch of trails and different beaches to explore. Secret cove is absolutely gorgeous, too!

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reed parkhurst
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This is a clothing optional beach

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Rob Campbell
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Great views of the cove! Try to stay on trail so it doesn't erode away. Warning: nude beach

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Anna McCarley
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Ryan Bottoms
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we did it in early February and there was nobody in the cove when we got there I took the opportunity to jump into Lake Tahoe in the middle of winter! I don't regret it one bit!

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Roney Michael
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Daniele McRorey
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Hiking

Trails are covered in snow right now. great workout, but impossible to keep on trail right now. Be prepared to park & walk on busy highway/road until you get to a spot to start the climb down to secret cove. stairs are covered in snow, cant see them

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Erin McNamara
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Lilli Hollensworth
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Hiking

Completed 1/16. All the beaches are beautiful and in walkable distance to one another.

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Rob Campbell
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Roger Jenkins
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Hiking

Trail is steep I would recommend sturdy shoes. Also there are lots of ways down, pretty much a free for all rather than a specific trail. I went in the summer it is a magical place. The water is beautiful with blues and greens but saying it is refreshing is an understatement. Also be informed this is an clothing optional area. For my full trip report with pics, video, info and story go to: https://nocalhikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2020/12/24/secret-cove/

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Robert Weiler
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Great short hike. Beautiful cove, emerald green water, fun boulder dashing on the beach. Hard to find a place to park, pull off on one of the cut ins and you will find a connecting trail. Did not see any nudity or Big Foot.

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Stefan Engles
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Excellent! Beautiful!

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Catherine Chicotka
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Hiking

Snow and a little icy at spots. But warm and sunny and beautiful.

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CUONG DANG
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Brian Brogan
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Nature tripsGreat!Rocky

Me and the gf did this trail down to the lake back on Halloween weekend.

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EmilyAnne Skinner
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easy hike down to the water. several icy parts

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Jasmine King
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Hiking

Basically can just park along the road and there are many different paths leading down to the beaches. Bring a picnic maybe some water shoes and a towel and spend the day.

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Vivian Medrano
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Hiking

It was a beautiful easy trail.. you could walk along the lake as well and take beautiful pictures. If you are daring; take a nude pic with a beautiful scenery

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Kallie Tornquist
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Hiking

Great easy walk but also option to have a decent incline hike on the way back up. Beach was beautiful with tons of large rocks to walk around on!

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Rubi Amaya
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HikingGreat!

The trail is beautiful, but if u have kids don’t go there lol is a nude beach lol but such a beautiful place

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Catherine Chicotka
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Hiking

Easy hike down to the beach, the return trip was all uphill. A little dusty on the paths but a beautiful hike and a beautiful day.

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maritza hernandez
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DJ Goodman
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HikingGreat!

There are numerous trails leading to & from this cove/beach area. It’s a very pretty cove with crystal clear water. It’s also very steep but short on the way back. There were several folks laying out in the buff but it’s well worth your time! Enjoy

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Emilee Davis
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Great hike down STEEP climb up. I didn't realize this secret beach was a nude beach until I got on the app and read reviews after the hike. No naked people today!

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Emmanuel Reynoso
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Alaa Wadi
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WalkingGreat!Off trailRocky

We parked on the side of the street because the lot was full. It was VERY steep and not much of a trail. It’s short, but I’d rate this moderate instead. The beach itself is small, and although it was a nude beach, it’s still weird for an old man to spread his legs on his paddle board for all to see, his SUP literally did not move the entire time, almost as if he meant to face the beach goers the entire time. It was weird, so if you do plan to come, just be prepared to see lots of naked old men. Regardless, we left the beach and explored the rocky areas around it and found this wonderful oasis to the left where we climbed and hung out on rocks and dipped our feet into the water for hours, with no one in sight. So yeah, the water by the beach is beautiful but I recommend walking around that area to find some secluded spots that may be more enjoyable.

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