Winter hike to Skunk Harbor

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Well, to be honest it doesn’t exactly feel like winter in Lake Tahoe.  However, the warm weather has given some great opportunities to hike to places like Skunk Harbor!  It’s doable in snow, but easier without.  Skunk Harbor is an inlet on the east shore of Lake Tahoe and considered a hidden beach on the lake.  The harbor can get crowded in the summer, but it’s an absolutely great place to spend a morning or afternoon in Tahoe.

With a decision to make, whether to hit the slopes or take the dogs for a hike, we decided the dogs got our verdict.  Once at the trail head which is a fire road, we packed up our Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler, leashed up the pups Jillian and Hendrix, and were on our way down to Skunk Harbor.  This is the perfect place to advantage of your Granite Rocx pack because it’s about a mile hike into the beach.  You’ll hike down with spectacular lake views.  The fire road is pretty wide with cut-thru paths on the way down to shorten your trip.   It’s an easy hike.  Below are some pictures.

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

We got to the beach and relaxed.  The pups got wild and crazy, as usual.  There was tons of activity in the air and on the water.  We saw a boat come in and dock for a bit.   There were helicopters flying by and we even saw a water plane!  This was so cool.  It had landed prior to us getting there, but took off while we were there.  We stayed for a few hours and then made our way back up hill to the car.  Check out pictures below.

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor - Granite Rocx Backpack Cooler - hiking - lake tahoe - outdoors - adventure - beach

Skunk Harbor is easy to get to. From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 into Nevada and follow through Cave Rock.  Continue up Highway 50 and make a left onto Highway 28 towards Incline Village.  A few miles down you’ll see a turnoff on the left with a small parking section.  There will be a green gate.  Parking is free.

This was actually my first time to Skunk Harbor.  What a great place.  It’s totally peaceful with amazing views of the lake and Sierras.  Have you been to Skunk Harbor?  If so, make a comment below!  Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!

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4 thoughts on “Winter hike to Skunk Harbor

  1. Nice, beautiful photos! I’m thinking of going up there to snowshoe this weekend with my dog. I’ve been snowshoeing a couple times, my big dog has never been. We’re both in good health. Do you think it’s doable? Thanks!!

    • Thank you Cat! That’s awesome. I do think it’s doable as it’s not too steep or very far. However, I haven’t been over there since all of the snow so I’m not really sure how much is on the ground. Thanks again for your comment and if you go have a great time!

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