This summer is flying by which is surprising under these unusual circumstances. I think I’ve been able to keep my sanity by making time to get outside and go on adventures. Every day spent in the mountains is a good day.
When I make a drive up to Tahoe, I want it to be a whole day thing. Chimney beach is one of my favorite beaches at the lake. I was looking up trails in the area and found Chimney Beach to Marlette Lake.
This is a six mile out and back trail with a steep incline. It is not easy despite what AllTrails says. Always read the reviews!! I was prepared to not be able to feel my legs by the end of it. It is so worth it though, you get incredible views of Lake Tahoe peaking through the trees as you make your way up. And I had never been to Marlette Lake before. It was very peaceful.
The trail overall has a good mix of sun and shade and was not busy at all. I still recommend you go early though to beat the heat and find parking. I went on a Wednesday, started at about 9:30am, a few spots were left in the lot, and I only saw five people on the trail.
The parking lot at the start of this trailhead is only .2 miles away from the parking lot that actually leads you down to the beach. To get to Chimney Beach is about a .5 mile hike down, very easy. There is in fact a chimney on the beach which is cool, but I like to find my own secluded spot. There are plenty of spots that you can make your own, socially distanced from others.
The water is so clear and blue. It’s like a dream. Going for a swim after a strenuous almost seven mile hike is the best feeling. Always bring plenty of water and snacks. I brought along my journal, a good book, and of course my speaker. Please give me song suggestions because I haven’t listened to anything else besides the new Taylor Swift album for the past two weeks…
Let me know if you check out this hike or this beach! And please remember to always pick up your trash and to leave the trail/beach just as you found it, or better! Hope you’re all enjoying summer and making the most of it.