This is an easy out-and-back hike (2.2 miles). From Lakeside, make a right out the back of our parking lot and then another right at the stop sign (Kahle Lane). Turn left into the small parking lot right on the corner of Kahle Lane and Highway 50. The trailhead begins here and meanders through Lam Watah meadows for approximately 1.1 miles where it ends at Nevada Beach. Dogs are OK on the trail so long as they are on a leash. Dogs are not allowed on the main part of the beach but are allowed at the left end of the beach.
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. The beach is also a great place to watch a sunset!