then continues along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe a hundred feet or so above the lake. All along this section, views of Tahoe are worthy of John Muir’s description of The Lake as the “Jewel of the Sierra.” As you near the end of the trail, it passes along an intimidating section with overhanging rock on one side and a steep drop to The Lake on the other. Fortunately, the Park Service has installed railing along this part making it safe even for small children if supervised by adults. You will end the hike in the parking lot near Rubicon Point and one of the best beach spots in Tahoe. By packing a lunch and beach gear in the shuttle car you can enjoy a little relaxation as a reward for your effort!
Environmental Concerns: The greatest environmental concern here is the shear volume of people and the pollution that seems to always accompany thousands of humans. Be sure to use the restroom at the trailhead but if you have to go while out, stay a minimum of 100 yards away from the lake. Use the hike as an opportunity to talk to your children about responsible environmental stuardship and pick up any trash you find along the trail.