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.
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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides).
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