Lam Watah Trail to Nevada Beach

Stateline, Nevada

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The Lam Watah Trail, with a name derived from a Washoe Indian phrase meaning permanent mortar by the stream, crosses an area that once was slated for casino development. Fortunately, the land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy and then donated to the Forest Service. Along with such features as a willow-lined pond, flower-covered meadows, a sprightly stream, and stands of pine forest, several interpretive signs placed alongside the trail provide insights into the natural and human history of the area. The path ultimately leads to Nevada Beach, a sandy stretch of shoreline well suited to soaking in the sun or a refreshing dip in Tahoe’s chilly waters. An additional bonus to hiking the Lam Watah Trail is not having to pay the nominal per-vehicle fee at the Nevada Beach area.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

The Lam Watah Trail, with a name derived from a Washoe Indian phrase meaning permanent mortar by the stream, crosses an area that once was slated for casino development. Fortunately, the land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy and then donated to the Forest Service. Along with such features as a willow-lined pond, flower-covered meadows, a sprightly stream, and stands of pine forest, several interpretive signs placed alongside the trail provide insights into the natural and human history of the area.

The path ultimately leads to Nevada Beach, a sandy stretch of shoreline well suited to soaking in the sun or a refreshing dip in Tahoe’s chilly waters. An additional bonus to hiking the Lam Watah Trail is not having to pay the nominal per-vehicle fee at the Nevada Beach area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stateline
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best May through October
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute South Lake Tahoe (trail not shown)
Topo Map: Lam Watah Trail to Nevada Beach Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2012

A good trail for the whole family, bikes and dogs. Paved or wide dirt paths thru trees and meadows. Easy, flat, seasonal wildflowers and autum colors. Note at this time there there is major construction and portions of the trail closed.

10/14/2011

Trail is fine, but lots of dogs off leach. Otherwise a pretty walk to a beach with picnic tables.

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