I’ve never hiked out by Homewood Ski Resort on the West Shore, but Quail Lake made me want to go back. Quail Lake was surprising larger than I had expected with a mountain backdrop. The hike is quite short, only about 2 miles out to the lake and back. The lake is actually a reservoir that feeds parts of Homewood so there is a dam. There are multiple routes for the hike, some a little further than others with the lake sitting at about 6,800 feet above sea level. The vertical can vary slightly depending on which route you take, but you’ll gain about 500 vertical feet. Difficulty can vary as well depending on the route, but generally it’s pretty easy.
We hiked to Quail Lake a few weeks back on a beautiful weekend day. Two pups, Mariel and I made the trek this time. We parked at the top of Ellis Road. You can also start from the bottom of Homewood or Meadow Road. Once we made it to the top of the road, we packed up our Granite Rocx packs, leashed up the pups and were on our way. At the top of the road, you’ll see a gate into a home, but just go through that gate and the trail starts right there. The trail starts on a pretty flat dirt track with a slight incline where we saw some beautiful, blooming snow flowers. Then you’ll bare right to reach a small, but cool wooden bridge over a creek. Below are some pictures.
From here continue on and you’ll come to another section where you can go left or right. Left takes you up a steeper hill covered with brush. We decided to go right, which took us onto the Homewood ski trails. We continued up and had beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. A few more pictures are below.
Travel uphill and bare left and you’ll eventually come to the lake. We sat at the lilly pad covered lake for a bit while the dogs played in the water. It was pretty peaceful with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. When leaving, we saw some people fishing. The lake is private however so make sure to get a special permit if you plan to fish. We looped down by the dam of the lake when we left and traveled down the steeper section. Take a look at more pictures below.
This is definitely an easier hike. It was a great hike with the pups and the lake was super peaceful. We were the only ones there. It was pretty cool to hike on Homewood as well. Here is a MyTracks of the hike. Have you hiked to Quail Lake or near Homewood? If so, make a comment below! Also follow me on twitter @sberei!