Tahoe Trails

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Monkey Rock

"A local curiosity"

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This is a fascinating hike that gives an amazing view of the lake, as well as a notable area curiosity.  Story goes that the rock was carved several years ago by a man despondent over a recent divorce, and who used the carving as a remedial therapy.

Type: Out-and-Back, unless you are headed on to the Rim or Flume Trails

Trailhead: Park along NV28 beside the Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village

Trail: First 2/3 of the hike is easy along the Forest Service's Tunnel Creek Road.  When the road starts to steepen, you have a choice of continuing on Tunnel Creek Rd, or taking a very steep short cut up a trail that follows a gas line -- take the Tunnel Creek Rd up.  When the two join back together, you will see a couple of unmarked trails leading off the road about a 100 yards to a saddle and a small knob.  Monkey Rock is just on the other side of the ridge, with beautiful views of the Incline beaches.

Distance: 1.3 mi to Monkey Rock one-way; 2.5 miles round trip

Change in Elevation: ​500'

Hints: Take Tunnel Creek Road going up, and the gas line trail coming back

Trees: Jeffrey Pine