Chimney Beach Trail

EASY 85 reviews
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Chimney Beach Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
249 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





7 days ago

Love love love it!! Hard hike down with the paddle board I would think but next time I might try to bring it.

16 days ago

Beach is quick to get to

2 months ago

Beautiful beach, easy to get to.

2 months ago

Great place to go when you don't have a lot of time and do want to enjoy great views of the lake.

2 months ago


3 months ago

Great walk along the shore of Lake Tahoe. Despite there being a lot of people around, we also saw a lot of birds (osprey, common merganser, white-headed woodpecker).

9 months ago

fun trail for dogs! beautiful views of the lake.

11 months ago

short easy hike to chimney beach. Had great views.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Absolutely beautiful views, great beaches, we had a great day here. We took our 3 year olds and the hike down was no problem at all. After a long day of fun in the sun, swimming, etc, the hike UP was not as great. If you are taking a bunch of stuff down there, you want to make sure you're prepared to lug it back up with you. All in all, great beach for families, clean, free, and extremely beautiful.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Great easy hike along the lake

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This was a quick 10 minute walk down the trail to the beach. Very easy and kid friendly. The hike back up is not difficult at all and could be managed by all ages.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe! Great path, easy to follow. Up and down terrain that was manageable!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

This is a great family friendly hike. A lot of places to stop for swimming or sunbathing. Absolutely gorgeous views and lots of picture opportunities. The only downside is that it's a pretty heavily trafficked trail, so you don't get as much alone time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beautiful, short hike to breathtaking, remote spots on the lake. Lots of Rocky photo ops along the way or you can go all the way to the sandy part if Chimney Beach. Dog friendly as well and not much of the lake is these days.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hike to both Chimney Beach and Secret Cove it's just beautiful

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Came with my 3yo and had a great time.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The best part about this hike is getting to spend your day on a beautiful beach! My favorite days happen here

Monday, September 26, 2016

Great little quickie hike, we got in town late afternoon and did this. Absolutely stunning.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Easy and GORGEOUS! Wear good shoes cause it is still a pretty good uphill walk on the way back up to the road. Be sure to get there early!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Stunning views, easy walk down, fun climbing around the mini boulders surrounding the shore, and best of all, the water was cool not ice cold.
However, there were A LOT of people there around midday, and it was blazing hot out - my mistake, of course.
Climb back up was a bit grueling because it was steep, but ok altogether.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Steep hills going back which can be challenging but to get to the beach/'s worth every short breath!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Amazing short hike! Like the other reviewers mentioned, the first part is steep. You head down a hill, which means you'll be walking back up it. It's short and not bad at all. If you want an easy trek because you have 30 kids in tow, go to Sand Harbor. Also, there was an easy creek crossing shortly after the steeper section. There are amazing views of Lake Tahoe since you're so close to the shore. When it comes to beaches, there seems to be something for everyone. Yes, there is a clothing optional area, as well. Bring a towel to avoid rock rash. Parking can be tricky!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Kinda steep early on from the parking area but once down near the lake it's very easy and beautiful views of the lake. Multiple beaches accessible from this hike. Just be aware at this beach and south that there are clothing optional areas. Stay north as you hike and you will most likely be able to avoid this.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Great hike, we started at the parking lot South to sand harbor. The trail is a bit steep on the way down, but then along the lake it's a pretty easy hike. Gorgeous secret beaches with amazing boulders and turquoise wster. Feels very private and serene. I'd really reccomend this trail. The only difficult part was the way up to the parking, may not be suitable to very young kids, but can be done with more stops. It's worth it!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Easy trail. Great views. Must do in Lake Tahoe.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

not so much of a hike, but more of a trail down to my favorite beach in Tahoe. the hike down is chill and the beach I amazing. the swimming is nice and the beach into the water is nice on your feet.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Very beautiful views of the lake. Trail is a little steep and beach is fairly small for the effort. Not the best hike for kids unless you are looking for a quick hike to the beach.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Great beach area , trail head will take you down to the beach with a choice to go to Secret Cove or Chimney Beach.

Friday, July 19, 2013

I see naked people...

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