The Dolder Nature Trail will take you through the Edwin L. Z’Berg Natural Preserve on a nice 2-mile loop near the lake with a stop at the highest (based on elevation) operating navigational lighthouse, and an entrance to a beautiful sandy beach.
Edwin L. Z’Berg was an important California State assemblyman who fought hard to protect the environment of California, and especially Lake Tahoe. He helped to regulate timber harvesting and prevent water pollution while also providing important funding to help state and local parks grow. To protect Lake Tahoe, he wrote legislation to manage human impact on the area, and this preserve serves to honor his commitment and all that he accomplished.
Here you will find access to the sandy beach. Across the lake slightly to your left you can see Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, just west of the Nevada State line. If you look carefully, you may also see casinos in Nevada.
When you have almost completed your hike you will find a nice wooden bench with a perfect view of the lake below. Take your time as you enjoy the stunning view before getting back on the trail to finish the hike.