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In the heart of 2,000 acres of conifer forest, you will find Washoe Indian Territory. Once the summer home of the Washoe tribe, they came to hunt and fish at the beautiful lake. You can still see evidence of their occupation in the form of bedrock mortars or grinding rocks close to the Ehrman Mansion. In the 1880s, wealthy Californians started building elaborate summer estates in this area. Many of these homes remain and tours are available. This is a peaceful area to enjoy a picnic, hike or fish.
Azure blue skies and emerald green waters make up thre magnificent Lake Tahoe and its suroundings. A large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe is located along the border of California and Nevada. It is considered the largest alpine lake in North America and was formed about 2 million years ago. During the summer the lake is perfect for water activities, including swimming and scuba diving. During winter, the area changes into sheets of soft white snow that make for perfect skiing conditions. On top of gorgeous mountain and lake scenery, there are also ski resorts, casinos and many more tourist attractions.
Majestic Emerald Bay is just a small part of this beautiful and pristine state park covering 1,830 acres of the Sierra Nevada mountains. You will find six miles of both rocky and sandy beaches on the magnificent shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Also available to visitors are picnic areas, camping and miles of hiking trails. Enjoy nature and see the beautiful variety of trees and plants that are indigenous to the Lake Tahoe area. Along with the Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, red and white fir, cedar, junipers and cottonwood, the park is brimming with gnarled and stunted sugar pines that grow in thin granite soil. Take a stroll along the Balancing Rock nature trail and see a 130-ton rock that balances precariously on a slender stone base. This has been a favorite attraction since the late 1800s. It's a short and easy half-mile, self-guided walk that shouldn't be missed. Plan on spending the entire day, because once you get here, you won't want to leave.
The ill-fated and notorious Donner party was forced to set up camp here in the winter of 1846 when heavy snowstorms made their journey over the treacherous mountains impossible. The Emigrant Trail Museum features Donner party artifacts and many other items of historical interest including the Pioneer Monument and the Murphy family cabin site. Guided nature walks are also offered. The adjacent area boasts hiking trails, a beach, biking trails and fishing.
This is perhaps the most scenic and popular trail in the country. It winds 150-miles through national forest, wilderness and park lands. Hike, bike or horseback ride in the thick conifer forests and beautiful meadows. Unlimited panoramic views are at every turn, from horizon to horizon, high atop the granite peaks. Visitors can fish, picnic or camp along beautiful streams and lakes. Enjoy it for a few hours or even a few days, but remember to leave it as you found it. To hike on this trail, you must register at the kiosk at the trailhead.
Mount Tallac is situated within the Desolation Wilderness in Eldorado National Forest. One of the most distinctive mountain peaks in the Lake Tahoe area, it is instantly recognizable by its 'cross of snow'. A popular activity for visitors to the region is hiking to the summit of the mountain. Stunning panoramic vistas await those willing to take on the challenge. With a number of well-marked trails along the area, the most direct and commonly used is the Mt. Tallac Trailhead with three separate trails including Floating Island Lake, Cathedral Lake and Mount Tallac. A wilderness permit is required and is easily available at the start of the trail-head from a self-serve booth. June to October are the best times to hike in the area and views across scenic valleys, lakes, meadows and untouched natural flora and fauna makes the effort worthwhile. Additional information is available on the website and at the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.
This site was first established in 1851 as a trading post for pioneers traveling westward to the gold rush at Sutter's Mill in California. It was the first settlement in Nevada. There is a museum and stockade with exhibits that tell an interesting story. The museum hosts a large display of baskets and pottery. Antique machines and tools are on display along with a pictorial history of the area. Outside of the museum, you will find a delightful picnic area with tables and barbecue grills. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted.
This beautiful sandstone mansion was the home of Sandy Bowers, one of the first people to strike it rich on the Comstock. When the mansion was built in the late 1800s, it was the most fabulous home in all of Nevada. There are fine antique furnishings, brocades, silver tea services and even silver door hinges and knobs. The mansion has guided tours during the summer months. One can stroll the grounds, have a picnic, or take a dip in the nearby Bowers pool.