“a small day-use area”
A small day-use area is tucked beneath the rugged volcanic face of Cave Rock. Facilities include a boat launch ramp and dock, comfort station, picnic sites, and a small sandy beach. The entrance is on Highway 50, three miles south of Glenbrook, just south of the Cave Rock tunnels.
Cave Rock was created over 3 million years ago, and is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. You can see the rock structure from almost any point on the lake. It’s still considered sacred to the Washoe Indians and is what they call “The Lady of the Lake” because from the water you can see the profile of a woman’s face in the rock structure, the “Lady”. The hike is very short and only takes about 15 minutes, if that.
There is not much room for parking, but because the hike is so short there is quick turnover. You can just park on the side of the road so it’s free. You’ll start on a dirt path slightly up that parallels Highway 50. You can see the Lake from the path the whole way until you actually reach Cave Rock. You can climb to the top or just hang at the base of the rock.
The views are breathtaking. If you decide to climb up, it is a pretty steep scramble up the rock so be careful.
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