Skunk Harbor is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carson City, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

hiking
14 days ago

This was a great hike! We went in late November, so there was ABSOLUTELY no one on the trail. It’s mostly downhill on the way down, so it’s quite the climb coming up, but totally worth it! The beach and the house at the bottom was beautiful and a great place to rest. Highly recommend!

21 days ago

This was my favorite hike of the trip. Not particularly busy (though it was a Monday) and it was so peaceful. It was pretty easy too. The trailhead is in a weird place and there isn't a whole lot of signage, but the trail is really big and easy to follow. My favorite part was the little trails everywhere that shot you out into different parts of the main trail!

hiking
21 days ago

Great out and back trail. Parking is in a small lot and also a turnout beside a gate on the main road. Both places join the main trail.
Good quality path all the way down to the sandy beaches. Great for dogs. Stunning views.
Return walk is all uphill but not difficult.

22 days ago

Great trail down to the sand beaches with crystal water. Very easy and has a perfect length. Our dog also enjoyed it a lot off leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Love the history of the mansion. Be sure to read the info plates. Amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. The water is crystal clear, and the scenery is beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a pretty easy trail to take and the views at the bottom on the lake are amazing. I went on a Friday and I only came across 5 people the whole time

2 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail, good for a quick trip down to the lake.

3 months ago

I found this hike to be a great destination hike. Down hill all the way there and pretty much up hill all the way back. So those with any issues with knees, hips, heart may need to think about this. Moderate is a true rating. Pretty smooth trail as it was an old road. Beautiful destination when you reach the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice and picturesque trail leading to a sheltered cove and several small sand beach areas. It's popular with boaters as well, and we saw the Thunderbird there for an excursion. The beaches, like many around the lake, are much smaller again this year due to the high water levels, but don't let that discourage you. This is an easy down hill hike that will reward you with nice views and beaches, followed by a minor workout on the way back up (depending on how much you carry down). Dog friendly. A little bit crowded as it approached noon and later.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazingly beautiful!❤️

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked down the main path to the beach. The water is crystal clear and beautiful. There are rocks that we swim out to and jump off of... The water was cool but the sun was warm so we sunned ourselves like lizards

6 months ago

beautiful trail!! for those wanting a bit of a challenge you can take the short cuts and avoid the hairpin turns going up or down, there's a slight thin "trail" that guides you through the brush

trail running
6 months ago

I loved it!!

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful! lots of wildlife and blue water! the way back up is a little tough if you try to take shortcuts off the trail.

6 months ago

this was a great trail! wonderful water front

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views all the way down, with some valley/big lake/snow capped range views framed by massive conifers. Fun rock scrambling along the lake, with some neat jumps and balancing. Stunning sun sparkle on turquoise harbor water. The only knock was the number of people making it hard for photography and finding a meditation point. Probably our fault for going on a Memorial weekend; I would likely give 5* mid week.

hiking
6 months ago

Parking is a bit of a challenge. That's a great thing as everyone else will have the same issue! I'm always a bit wary of a trail that goes down from the start but this one really isn't too long or steep. Lot's of big trees to enjoy. A large meadow that you'll catch glimpses of. The harbor is fairly small, but as beautiful as all the others in Tahoe. Nice having the signs about the bit of history associated with the area.

7 months ago

Lovely and easy trail down to the water. Crystal clear, would be nice in warmer months to take a swim. Old party house was cool. I can imagine this hike is very busy in the summer as there were lots of people hiking it in April cool weather. A boat was in the bay anchored for a lunch break too.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike down to a not too busy section of Lake Tahoe. We love to bring a picnic and enjoy the day from this spot. The old party house is pretty neat, I can imagine all the Gatsby type parties that were thrown here back in the day. Getting back to the road is pretty steep so pack lightly.

hiking
8 months ago

Great little hike! Great for kids and dogs. The beach is a gem. Gorgeous views of the lake.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a pretty simple and straightforward hike with a really small but awesome beach. My puppy loved every minute of this hike and was sprinting all around just checking out all the smells!

11 months ago

Beautiful beach at the bottom. perfect for a day trip with kids. It is dog friendly as well. The beach can get busy and parking is an issue. Arriving early or late in the day will increase your chances of getting a spot. Trail can be a bit exposed so bring sunblock and H20.

11 months ago

Visiting from the Adirondack Mountain area of upstate New York. The grandeur of the Sierra's surrounding the emerald Lake Tahoe is a sort of beauty I have not experienced before.

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy trail, great views, there are short cuts if you want to live a little

hiking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nice trail. Gorgeous little cove. Historic buildings. Currently, weekday parking restricted due to road construction.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Nice hike to a beach. Water is crystal clear.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I loved this hike!! It was a great, wide and smooth trail. Absolutely beautiful beach!! I can not wait to go again.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

It was a nice hike which was extremely easy to do when compared to other hikes in Tahoe. Saw lots of dogs and my pup had fun. Sure made him tired.

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