Humans have been interacting with Lake Tahoe for over 10,000 years, and for most of that it was the center of the Washoe Tribe's territory. In the last 150 years, this place has seen immense change. This walking tour will guide you along the northeastern part of the lake from Incline Village to Sand Harbor as you hear about everything from the area’s deforestation, to art and conservation efforts.
We’ll touch on the natural forces that formed the lake and surrounding mountains, and some of the flora and fauna that you’ll find here. I’ll tell you about the various origins of the place names around the lake, and the surprising battle over what to name Tahoe. On this tour, you’ll also hear about:
• Natural history and the role of both glaciers and volcanoes
• Logging and massive deforestation in the 1800s
• Tahoe’s significance to the native Washoe Tribe
• Efforts to maintain the lake’s clarity
• How humans have historically interacted with this environment, and how that is changing
The Tahoe East Shore Trail was completed in 2019 and has quickly become a favorite among visitors and locals alike. It hugs the northeast corner of the lake and offers incredible views and beach access by foot or bike –all ADA compliant and easy to travel along. Keep an eye out on the walk back to Incline, because ideally these stories will help you see this beautiful lake in a new light.
Please note: an additional $2 entrance fee needs to be paid at the Sand Harbor park.
Before embarking on a journey to our beloved region, please take the Traveler Responsibility Pledge here: https://www.gotahoenorth.com/sustainable-travel/