When early autumn arrives in the mountains, you never really know what you’ll get … hot days, rainy afternoons, snow. Good thing the path to Picnic Rock on the Tahoe Rim Trail is as all-purpose as they come—and offers one of the grandest views of Lake Tahoe.
Lace the hiking shoes or strap on the snowshoes for the 1-mile (one-way) jaunt to Picnic Rock. Starting at the Brockway Summit trailhead, this short, mostly forested section of the epic Tahoe Rim Trail is a gradual ascent.
Signage on the way indicates “Viewpoint.” There are no major views en route but the vantage from Picnic Rock makes up for it. The large outcropping of layered rocks overlooks glistening Lake Tahoe, cradled by the Sierras. Stand atop a section, take a seat, and enjoy a picnic (or at least a snack).
This hike is very popular on weekends during the thick of the day. Pro Tip: Go late day on a Friday or on the weekend and you’re likely to see just a handful of people, and the colors from the low-hanging sun cast a golden halo over the setting. Shoulder season also helps with crowd control. You can extend the trek, staying on the Rim Trail (bring a map), or return the way you came.
TIP: This makes a great spot for your annual family holiday card.
There’s parking on the side of Hwy. 267 at Brockway Summit (map). Dog-friendly!