Tahoe rocks! by Lisa Woodstock

The drive alone is breathtaking. The secret trail however — rocks.


After parking at the entrance to Eagle Campground, which is just less than a mile from the Emerald Bay Lookout Point, my companion and I walked through the green gate and took the road to the right and admired all the boulders that seem to grow out of the mountain. These are perfect sites for families to enjoy during their stay at the campground … enough to provide shade, climbing adventures and games of hide-and-seek.

A little less than a half-mile, I took a newly-rolled gravel road to the right and followed it through the forest. I was presented with panoramic views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. This trail is about a quarter-mile long and I could see Lady Blue in all her glory, the sun dancing on the water and making the snow-capped mountains appear to be mirror images of fun to be had.

I turned around and hit the paved road again, continuing to the right about an eighth of a mile and found the trailhead at the outdoor amphitheater. This trail is 1.7 miles to Vikingsholm beach, but there is a more spectacular beach 1.5 miles down the trail. One mile into the hike I saw osprey and their nest in a tall, dead tree that overlooked the lake and more rocks. It’s the magical boulders and rocks that make this hike so special.

I looked down and saw the special beach with the many shapes and sizes of rocks, from the size of a melon to ones that could have a boat quaking in its own wake. I picked one up and tossed it into Lady Blue. It seemed quite content to be given a drink of water. The reflections of grey and slate rocks danced along the water’s edge. I had to climb one. This was the perfect lunch spot. I reflected on how lucky I was to have this haven to enjoy and share. You could say it rocked.

Lisa Woodstock contributed this article and is a Tahoe resident and outdoor enthusiast. She can be reached at [email protected].

Posted on July 21, 2019 at 10:40 am
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Chase International Luxury Home Tour

The Chase Luxury Home Tour was a huge success last week.  There were literally hundreds of folks who attended our Open House Event.  I held one of the South Lake Tahoe luxury home’s open at Montgomery Estates.  Over-the-top features and amenities were featured throughout this 7,386 SF masterpiece with extraordinary views of Mt. Tallac, Cathedral Peak and Lake Tahoe. The residence is listed at $3,795,000.

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 10:09 am
Robert Stiles | Posted in Lake Tahoe News, Real Estate News |

Ski Season Isn't Over

Heavenly Mountain Resort will continue Friday-through-Sunday operations until Memorial Day, reported 8 inches of new snow in 48 hours Friday morning. Squaw Valley which plans to move to weekend-only operations after Memorial Day, reported 18 inches in 48 hours Friday morning.

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Robert Stiles | Posted in Entertainment, Lake Tahoe News |

More Snow to Come

Mountain snow is expected to begin late Wednesday through Thursday night across the Sierra.

Most of the northern and central Sierra will see between 5 to 10 inches of snow fall by Friday morning, with as much as 20 inches possible locally at higher elevations.

Snow will fall above 6,000 feet, according to the NWS. Travel delays are likely on Highway 50 and Interstate 80, where snow could result in significant reduction to visibility near the summit. Chain controls are possible.

The NWS has issued a winter storm watch, in place from the start of Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 10:17 am
Robert Stiles | Posted in Lake Tahoe News, Weather News | Tagged , ,

Public hearing on proposed water rate increase

The public has another chance to speak to the South Tahoe Public Utility District about a proposed rate change during their board meeting on Thursday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m.

There have been several meetings and workshops about water and sewer rates in South Lake Tahoe since January.

At their March 21 meeting, the Board voted to start a required rate change process. They noticed all ratepayers, informing them there would be a rate increase of up to five percent for sewer rates and six percent for water rates. For more on the story visit this page.

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:22 am
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Gardner Mountain

Located at South Lake Tahoe, Gardner Mountain is loved by its residents due to its location to nearby shops, Raley’s grocery store and the proximity by bike to local trails, the beach and Fallen Leaf Lake.  Lot sizes are also a bit larger and range up to 10,000 square feet.  As of April 2019 the median sales price for this area is $370,000 – a 2.8% increase from this time last year.  The area topographically rises gradually from the corner of Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe Blvd towards the back of the neighborhood at 13th St and Gardner St – adjacent to our High School.  

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 8:32 am
Robert Stiles | Posted in Lake Tahoe News, South Lake Tahoe, Statistics | Tagged

Tree Service Workshop

The TRPA is offering a tree service workshop from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, May 6, at the agency’s office in Stateline, 128 Market Street. Topics for the workshop will include:
  • A presentation on how to use TRPA’s online tree removal application tool by Linda Allen, IT systems analyst for TRPA
  • An overview of TRPA’s tree removal rules and regulations by Bruce Barr, forester for TRPA
  • And a presentation on creating defensible space to help protect homes and businesses
The tree service workshop is free and open to the public, tree service companies, landscape companies, and yard maintenance companies. Questions about the workshop can be directed to Bruce Barr, (775) 589-5294, [email protected].

Posted on April 26, 2019 at 9:08 am
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Mooring permits at Lake Tahoe

New online permitting options are available for mooring permits at Lake Tahoe. The Lake Tahoe Shoreline Plan approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in 2018 requires lakefront property owners, homeowners’ associations, and marinas to register all existing boat moorings, including buoys, boatlifts, and boat slips.
Property owners can now permit and register existing moorings online at laketahoeinfo.org/moorings. The registration period will remain open until September 30. Property owners who are eligible to permit and register an existing mooring in 2019 include:
  • Those who have a mooring permitted by TRPA;
  • have previously applied for a TRPA mooring permit; or
  • have a mooring with a state or federal permit or lease;
  • And those who have a mooring with no permit or lease but proof of its existence prior to 1972.

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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Nevada East Shore – 1st Quarter Results 2019

The Nevada East Shore had a 27% decline in sales volume as compared to last year at this time.  The number of residential home sold declined 11% while condominium sales declined 25%.  The current median price of residential homes sold increased 9% to $900,000 while condominium sales increased 6% to $420,000. It’s interesting to note that the number of residential home and condominium sales priced over $1,000,000 increased from this same time period last year.

For a copy of our 1st quarter report, including all of Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Reno and the Carson Valley contact Robert Stiles, Realtor® of Chase International at 530-314-0352 or [email protected]. RealEstateLakeTahoeStiles.com

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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Lime Scooters Returning

Lime is returning to South Lake Tahoe this summer, but with some changes both visibly and financially during a new one-year trial period for 2019.  Read the rest of the story by visiting this site.

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 9:35 am
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