Chimney Beach Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily 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, 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.

Length2.4 miElevation gain249 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsPaddle sportsWalkingBeachLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Louise Cortis-Jones
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Fun

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Chris Jeglinski
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Great hike very little snow on the trail

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Carol King
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Wish someone would have mentioned the two cougars that patrol the trailhead and parking lot...saw their den near the bathrooms. Stay clear from this trail and beach area! Not safe!

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Brian Heger
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Beautiful views of the lake. Very enjoyable hike and overall very easy except for the walk back up to the top. We walked to Secret cove first then to chimney beach. Secret cove was crowded but we had chimney beach all to ourselves.

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Heather Colburn
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Hiked this trail as it connects to about 4 others in area. A mix of trails that take you to 3 secret beaches. If you connect and loop all the trails you can make it 4-5 miles. Not that busy let’s dogs run free. Great to go in afternoon for lighting. Only part that can be moderate is the uphill back to car. Not much parking - on side of road- but about 4 spots and 3 access points to these trails

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Tara Boehm
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Favorite Tahoe beach- stunning for pictures

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Carlos Cardoso
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Holly M
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Loved this short hike down to a gorgeous beach. 10-15 minutes to get to the beach. Parking is across the road and limited. Great for dogs.

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ronald mullet
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Morgan Glier
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Kept my parking spot from the hike up to Merlette Lake (recommended!) and crossed the road, figured I’d squeeze in one more lake swim before heading home. The actual path was a bit off GPS-wise from the map but may have been my service. I stopped at chimney beach, just a few groups here 2pm on a Wednesday. Water felt great. Love how not crowded it is in October!

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Juliette Cabral
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Gorgeous view all the way! Easy hike, I highly recommended!

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Mengru Luo
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Cross the highway!!! If you are going to the beach. Good view over there, clear water but a group of teenage were playing noisy music on Saturday :/ kinda ruin it, will go next time during the week

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Rodrigo Oliveira
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Mary McPherson
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Great swim at secret cove

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Tris Roland
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what a beautiful beach love it is just a small hike to to beach and you can enjoy all day long. Cristal clear water to swim. the only thing is a little hard to go back. but other in that is great.

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Paul Remmenga
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Kathleen Collins
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Went here this week. Small parking lot was full at 9:30am on a Tues. Parked across the street on the highway. Pretty short trail to the beach. Easy on the way down. The trail is very easy if you're hiker, as it isn't much of a hike. Most people I saw were wearing flip flops headed down to the beach and bringing a lot of belongings, but I wouldn't recommend that. There is a steep incline/rocks, so at least wearing hiking sandals/shoes. The beaches at the bottom are gorgeous and probably my favorite in Tahoe. On the way back, there are many ways to go so I can see how people could get lost, so try to remember the way you came.

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Valerie Dynda
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Best beaches on Tahoe for their small size and relative lower use than most other public beaches. If you go from 9am-12 or anytime after 5, it is incredibly peaceful, during these times I saw 10-15 other people at most. Please note the second beach this trail leads you to is a clothing optional beach. Best part about this is that makes it even less crowded!

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Adriana Estrada
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Great hike. Arrive early. Bra h starts the get heavy traffic after 10am

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Gautham Kannan
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nice diving cliffs

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Becca Brock
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Loved this hike! Parking on the busy street so be carful. There’s an actual chimney on the beach which was cool. Lots of private spots behind big rocks but little beaches too.

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Rita Szollos
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Several small but gorgeous beaches (Clothing optional on some). Parked on side of Hwy 28 as main lot was full. Most of the hike was near lake level and easy but the scramble back up to the car was steep.

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Pam Cunningham
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Also hike to Secret Cove

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Sean Strandfeldt
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Great easy trail down to the beach! Easy for kids too

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Trevor Se'e
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My favorite beach in Tahoe. gets packed very quickly.

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Jenna Reyes
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Beautiful hike to the beach! It’s better to get there early as the beach can get super packed !

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Jim Pace
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My wife and I loved this hike. It’s a constant gradual decent to the beach which is nicely secluded.

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Sydnie Sander
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Beautiful hike but be warned it leads to a nude beach! Worth the trip:!

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Tiffers Kolstad
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Easy trail that leads down to a beautiful beach. Good for all ages.

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Tim Coffey
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So good I hesitated to recommend it.

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