Hunt for the Perfect Beach
As the name implies Hidden Beach is not easy to locate. There are no signs, so you have to hunt. Located on the east side of Lake Tahoe along busy two lane State Route 28 which has no shoulder to speak of, it is going to require you to hike. If you are lucky and early, perhaps you can score one of the 5 spots available along the west side of the road just south of the residential area which has posted no parking, 1/2 mile south of Lakeshore Drive on SR 28 in Incline Village. Behind the guardrail, the trail is marked for Hidden Beach. The trail follows the inside of the guardrail running alongside the road. There are a couple trails which run down to the lakefront but access is greatly restricted to protect the shoreline plants, and to retard erosion which would affect the clarity of the water. The hike continues for a half mile where there is a pit restroom. From here you can make an easy loop down to the lakefront and back up. This beach is hidden from view unless you are on the lake. It is a popular destination for those wanting to get away from the crowds at Sand Harbor. The narrow strand of sand offers outstanding views of Lake Tahoe and is lined with large granite boulders. Swimming, snorkeling, diving, photography, fishing and boating are popular. There are no lifeguards and by the way this is one of seven clothing optional beaches at Lake Tahoe.
If you were not lucky enough to get one of those treasured parking spots you can continue south one mile on SR 28 to a rest area. Named Memorial Point, this has some of the only off road free parking on the east shore. From here it is a one mile hike north to Hidden Beach.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.