There’s something about the fall season in Lake Tahoe that just begs one to unplug from the office and plug-in to one of Mother Nature’s finest creations.  And if you happen to be building a home in Tahoe or Truckee, it is highly likely that you will be able to take a hike – right out your back door.

Instead of a news piece about the TRPA, Washoe County Building Codes, IVGID news, or other information that we normally post from our architecture firm in Nevada, we thought we’d focus on something a little more inspirational:  Top Hikes in and around Lake Tahoe … that are just off the beaten path from some of our favorite neighborhoods in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, NV.

The following list is provided to you on behalf of AllTrails.com which is one of the most comprehensive websites for hiking throughout the USA … and right here on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore as well.


Tunnel Creek Trail/Monkey Rock

We love this hike for its scenic beauty and famous Monkey Rock outcropping.  Park at the Tunnel Creek Station on HWy 28, stop in for breakfast or to pick up a lunch to go, and then head up the hill and follow the trail.  Along the way, just ask a local where to find Monkey Rock.  It’s a great place to stop and catch your breath (the hike is moderate level) and catch some of the most scenic sights of Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.

Here’s what one local had to say:  Really cute little trail! Took the dogs here on a weekday around 5:00 pm and only saw two other people; both with dogs too. Good little incline so you get a little workout and there was a lot of shade so it wasn’t hot. 

Marlette Lake and Chimney Beach

Here’s a hike for an all-day adventure.   It’s 8.2 miles round-trip which includes a nice stop at Marlette Lake for a cool dip in the pond, lunch break, or camping if you so choose.  This trail is also open to equestrian riders, mountain bikers, and dogs (of course!).  Here’s a good testimonial from AllTrails.com listing:  “Loved this hike! Would call it a moderate one, mostly sandy trail. Lots of beautiful views of Tahoe. We went at 9 am and hardly saw anyone on the way up. On the way back down there were a lot of mountain bikers so make sure you’re paying attention so you can get out of the way. Worth the trip!”


Stateline Lookout

The lovely lady who handles my marketing got married at the top of this trail.  When you get to the top, you will know why!  This is a perfect hike for a morning stroll or lunch break as it’s only 1.5 miles long.   Parking is within a neighborhood in Crystal Bay so please respect their peace and quiet.  Bring your camera for what is often referred to as “Knock Your Sox Off” scenery!

Martis Peak Trail

I’ve never hiked this one yet have heard its great for those who want a half-day adventure.  It’s 9.2 miles and can be accessed in Kings Beach.  The listing notes that it’s another popular one so perhaps go early or make it a late afternoon jaunt.

Be it from your backyard or not, we do hope you find time to explore our neighborhoods on foot!  It is quite likely that you’ll pass by a mountain estate or golf course home in Lake Tahoe or Truckee that our architectural firm in Incline Village, NV have designed throughout our favorite hometown!

Happy Trails!

Borelli Architecture
Lake Tahoe / Truckee





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