Cave Rock Drive and Winding Way
*No fees at trailhead
|Cave Rock State Park|
|Cave Rock Trailhead|
Lake Tahoe is filled with endless beauty and Cave Rock, a 250-ft volcanic formation, is no exception. The rock, located on the eastern shore is hard to miss on the way to South Lake Tahoe from Reno, as it is found right on the path of highway 50. The cave has unique beauty, tunnels, and proximity to the shore, is easy to get to, and is a must to visit.
A 0.8-mile-walk with little elevation gain will earn you breathtaking views that people would be happy to hike much further distances for. Luckily, this is one view that requires little to no effort making it enjoyable for all ages.
Right from the start you'll be met with views of the lake and more and more views of the lake with rock formations and piers as you go further along.
Views are great at the base of Cave Rock, but people that are looking for more adventure have the option of climbing to the top to access even more magical views. There's an out-and-back trail to the top, with some spots that will allow you to step to the side for people to pass.
My 6-year-old climbed to the top with little help. Also, my two-year-old got pretty far for his age. Had I not intervened, I have no doubt he would've made it to the top.
This fun and unique spot is more than worth the effort to get to and is enjoyable year-round.
-0.8 mile out and back (10-15 mins), 137 ft. elevation gain
-about six parking spaces at trailhead
-catch amazing views at sunset
-more parking to the side of the road just a little way up the hill away from trailhead
-dog friendly, on leash, no trash or poop bags available
-path is wide
-Since there are lots of people that utilize the trail, I suggest the use a carrier for kids instead of a stroller
-this location would be epic for photo shoots. Next wedding I shoot is going to be here
-I always carry my hiking backpack or carrier, and portable potty and Liners when on a hike, just in case the kids get tired or need to go
-snacks and water are always a must for kids on hikes
-empowering for kids
-mostly exposed. sun protection would help, esp. in summer
-checking the weather before you go will help with planning what to wear. it can get windy
-room is limited at the top of the cave
-ideal for snow-shoeing in winter
-I slipped a couple of times on small loose rock. I recommend appropriate footwear
-For more of a challenge, you can park across the street at Cave Rock State Park boat landing, cross the street, and walk up to trailhead. Parking lot on the right after passing tunnel.
-Picnic tables, restrooms, sand play, snorkeling and swimming available at Cave Rock State Park next to highway 50
-Sunscreen (after trying so many options, this is my family's favorite)
-Water Bottle (definitely a must in Reno's dry climate)
-hiking backpack (great view for kids, storage, nap friendly, shade)
-carrier (more afordable, light weight, shade, storage for keys)
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