If you live in or have been to Tahoe, you may have called this one. Yup, it’s Cave Rock! Cave Rock was created over 3 million years ago, and is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. You can see the rock structure from almost any point on the lake. It’s still considered sacred to the Washoe Indians and is what they call “The Lady of the Lake” because from the water you can see the profile of a woman’s face in the rock structure, the “Lady”. The hike is very short and only takes about 15 minutes, if that.
I hiked this a few weeks back when my friend was in town. We attempted to go across town to hike over by Bayview Trailhead and Emerald Bay, but traffic was insane. I decided we best try a hike over on the Nevada side and I hadn’t done Cave Rock yet. It was totally worth it!
It was mid-morning when we got to the trailhead off of Cave Rock Drive. There is not much room for parking, but because the hike is so short there is quick turnover. You just park on the side of the road so it’s free. You’ll start on a dirt path slightly up that parallels Highway 50. You can see the Lake from the path the whole way until you actually reach Cave Rock. You can climb to the top or just hang at the base of the rock. I decided to go up, but my friend stayed at the base. Either way the views are amazing. If you decide to climb up, it is a pretty steep scramble up the rock so be careful. Below are some gorgeous pictures!
To get to the trailhead from South Lake Tahoe go towards Nevada on Highway 50. Pass Zephyr Cove and you’ll see the tunnel. Just prior to the tunnel, make a right onto Cave Rock Drive. Drive up a little ways and you’ll see the trailhead on your left.
I really enjoyed this hike and the views. I never actually knew this was a hike or that you could climb to the top until about 2 months ago when my friend mentioned it to me. The views from the top of Cave Rock not only look amazing, but seeing the structure from the water is also breathtaking. If you haven’t done this hike, I’d suggesting getting up there and doing it. Why not it only takes at most 15 minutes! Have you hiked to the top of Cave Rock? Leave a comment below! Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!