Lam Watah Historic Trail

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Nevada

Elevation Gain54ft
Trailhead Elevation6,300ft
Elevation Min/Max6253/6304ft
Elevation Start/End6300/6300ft

Lam Watah Historic Trail

Lam Watah Historic Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Stateline, Nevada. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 6,300 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 54 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are wetlands. This trail connects with the following: Kahle/Rabe Meadow.

Lam Watah Historic Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Follow trail and boardwalk through meadows and stands of Jeffrey pine from Stateline’s busy casino district to Lake
Tahoe’s sprawling Nevada Beach. Linking the busy casinos of Stateline with Tahoe’s shoreline at Nevada Beach, the Lam Watah Trail traverses swatches of meadow and open pine woodland, a wide and gentle walk-and-talk route perfect for a sunset stroll or a short family hike.

Though the route never wanders far from civilization—
houses are visible along Kahle Road at the outset and the
towers of the casinos and the Heavenly Valley gondola rise
against the mountain front on the return—the essence of the
trail is in the woods and the meadows. Wildflowers light the
grasses in spring, and the trees provide shade and a distinctive windblown song played only in the high country."

"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."

"Wind through alternating meadow and open Jeffrey pine forest from Stateline’s busy casino district to sunny Nevada Beach. Artifacts of the Washoe Indians lend the trail its name: “Lam” refers to the grinding stones used in food preparation, and “watah” refers to the water flowing through a portion of the meadow."

Lam Watah Historic Trail Reviews

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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.
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Trail is fine, but lots of dogs off leach. Otherwise a pretty walk to a beach with picnic tables.
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You will find beautiful views going each direction on this trail. The surface is so smooth you can ride an electric scooter on it! If you start hiking at Nevada Beach, the trail begins between campground sites 20 and 21.

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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; (530) 543-2600;
Local Contacts
USGS South Lake Tahoe (CV, NV); National Geographic 803 Lake Tahoe Basin Trail Map
Local Maps