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This trail is located along the east side of Lake Tahoe. Snow free in early spring, this is a great walk through a mixed conifer forest with filtered views of Lake Tahoe. Look for the remains of an old railroad grade along the way, built in the 1870's as part of the network to supply timber to Virginia City. When you reach a fork in the road, you have two options. The left fork leads to Prey Meadows which is blanketed with many varieties of wildflowers in the spring. The right fork leads you to Skunk Harbor, a small picturesque cove which offers great swimming and sunbathing in the summer.

Directions: From East shore of Lake Tahoe, Highway 50/28 junction, Take Highway 28 from Highway 50 north approximately 2 miles. Look for an iron pipe gate on the west side of the highway. Park in one of the turnouts along the highway and do not block the gate.

Elevation: 6,800 feet

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

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