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Stateline Lookout: What a difference a year makes   Leave a comment

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By Tim Hauserman

In the fall of 2015, I made the short journey to the Stateline Lookout above Crystal Bay. It’s a fairly short hike that rewards you with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, from two very different perspectives: One towards the south and east over Incline Village, and the other straight towards Kings Beach. I made the trek again this week, and was rewarded not only with those jaw dropping views, but also the stark evidence of how water has poured into Lake Tahoe during this monumental winter.

Check out these photos taken from the exact same spot: The rock patio area where the actual fire lookout used to stand. The first in the fall of 2015 depicts a wide, glorious beach in front of Kings Beach, and the second, taken on March 18th, shows the swath of sand has almost disappeared under Tahoe’s sparkling waters.

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The other difference with the hike this time, was that it was mostly on snow. In the summer a paved single land road (blocked for public traffic) leads up to the top, where several paved hiking paths take off. This time, the first half of the route was down to pavement, as the road is plowed to the water tank just above the route. From there, you are walking over several feet of snow. The day we hiked, was after a week of warmness so the main route had been nicely packed down by a steady supply of visitors. Once we headed off the trail, to check out the views from the edge of the ridge, we ventured into “post-hole” land: where every step you hoped you would stay afloat and not drop down a foot, once my foot dropped about two feet.

Given the winter we’ve had, it is pretty nice to give your feet a chance to ramble, and with this short climb, you are rewarded with two amazing views. Enjoy.

Where to begin:
Take the first left off of Highway 28 on the Incline Village side of the North Shore casinos at Reservoir Road. In a short distance, turn right on Lakeview (where you will see a sign that says Lookout). Take a left at the first “Y”, then at the next “Y” your trail begins behind the gate on the left. It’s a residential area with just a few parking spaces, so try to go on a weekday. You could also park at the The Biltmore and walk up the road, which would add a pleasant mile to the hike.

 

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Lake Tahoe Stateline Look Out! Hike it Now!   Leave a comment

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By Tim Hauserman

One of the awesome things about Lake Tahoe is that even though I’ve lived here a million years, I can still find amazing places that I’ve never been to before. Such was the case this week, when I made my first short hike up to the Stateline Look Out. It sits above the North Shore casinos on the California/Nevada border and the view is absolutely stupendous. I was kicking myself for not getting there sooner.

Where to begin:
Take the first left on the Incline Village side of the North Shore casinos at Reservoir Road. In a short distance, turn right on Lakeview (where you will see a sign that says Lookout). Take a left at the first “Y”, then at the next “Y” your trail begins behind the gate on the left. It’s a residential area with just a few parking spaces near the trailhead, so try to go on a weekday. You could also park at the The Biltmore and walk up the road, which would add a pleasant mile to the hike.

 

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The route heads uphill moderately steeply on an old paved road. In about a half mile the grade moderates where a paved narrow trail heads off to your left. Several interpretative panels provide interesting information about the lake, but the views from this trail are so stunning you might not want to take your eyes away from the lake.

The ridgetop location provides two distinct views of Lake Tahoe within a short distance. First, you get a panoramic view to the east of the lake, Incline Village and the casinos, and then just a bit further, you are looking west at the shoreline of Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista. As the path traverses around the ridgetop you pass several benches before a quick climb brings you to the rock walled patio area where the actual fire lookout once stood. After you’ve had your fill, follow the path back to the road and retrace your steps back to the car.

 

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In just an hour or less this short hike gives you a chance to stretch out your legs and discover one of the best views of the lake you will find anywhere.

Thanks to my friend Nina for most of these photos. Check out her images at Photos by Nina-Photography. ninaphototahoe.com

 

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