Explore Lake Tahoe's West Shore

Discover the beauty of Lake Tahoe's West Shore in this weekend getaway. Leave the car at home and use the Amtrak Thruway Bus and Emerald Bay Trolley to travel all the way from Sacramento to Meek's Bay for a weekend of hiking, relaxing and unwinding on the scenic West Shore of Lake Tahoe. For even more streamlined travel, consider contacting Tahoe Wilderness Adventures for full service gear rental, delivered right to your campsite.

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Day 1

Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station
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Board the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3424, which departs daily from Sacramento Amtrak Station at 10:15 am.

Opened by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1926, the station is a key component in a large-scale development project to create a modern multimodal transportation hub and transform acres of former railyards north of the station into a new urban neighborhood.

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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
Transportation | Transit Station
Disembark at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center at 12:35 pm.

This unmanned curbside transit station provides bus service to, from, and around South Lake Tahoe.

Located at the corder of 1000 Emerald Bay Rd. (Hwy 89) and Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy 50).

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Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery
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Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery
Food or Drink | Natural Foods Store or Co-op
If you would like to pick up some tasty local treats for your journey, walk 0.1 mile (head NW on Emerald Bay Rd toward Lake Tahoe Blvd, turn right on Lake Tahoe Blvd, then left on Dunlap Drive) to Grass Roots Natural Foods Store and Bakery (on your left, next to TJ Maxx).

Considered an institution by locals, Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery represents the priorities of our healthy community. In addition to the widest selection of organic foods and toxic-free products that feed our healthy lifestyle, you'll…

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Tahoe Wilderness Adventures
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Tahoe Wilderness Adventures
Outdoor Adventures | Guide or Outfitter
If you didn’t bring your own, rent camping gear from Tahoe Wilderness Adventures - they offer full service or individual gear rental and will deliver it right to your campsite or trailhead!

Tahoe Wilderness Adventures is an outdoor recreation Outfitter & Guide service based on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. We specialize in outfitting groups and families, and offer logistical planning and organizing of outdoor recreation activities,…

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Emerald Bay Trolley
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Emerald Bay Trolley
Transportation | Transit Route
At 2:05pm, hop on the Emerald Bay Trolley at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center and ride it to the Meeks Bay stop, arriving at 2:50 pm.

Late spring through early fall, the Emerald Bay Trolley travels a scenic route from the south shore to the west shore's Eagle Falls Trailhead / Vikingsholm.

This summer, the Trolley will be going all the way to Homewood!!

The…

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Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
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Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Get settled at Meeks Bay Resort and Marina and spend the day on the beach, sunbathing, swimming, and boating on the lake (rentals are available at the marina). Wrap up the day with a beach-front picnic or BBQ (reservations, call (530) 525-6946), or order food from the snack bar. Then retire to your tent or cabin for a good night’s rest on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Meeks Bay ~ Magulu Watah

Once a gathering place on ancestral Washoe Tribal land, Meeks Bay at Lake Tahoe welcomes each guest as a friend. Comfortable lakefront lodging and modern campsites are available for your stay. You are invited to…

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Day 2

Tahoe Yosemite Trail at Crag Lake
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Tahoe Yosemite Trail at Crag Lake
Outdoor Adventures | Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Strike out on an early hike, following the Tahoe Yosemite Trail at Crag Lake. This is an out-and-back trail that runs all the way to Yosemite, so choose your own turn-around point, enjoying the valley, towering granite and alpine lakes along the way. It is 5.5 miles each way to lakes, which offer great lunch and swimming spots. The trailhead is just north of the Meeks Bay Fire Department, on the West side of Highway 89.

The trailhead is just north of the Meeks Bay Fire Department, on the West side of Highway 89 in Lake Tahoe. 

For overnight trips you must obtain a permit for Desolation Wilderness.  The first mile or so is pretty flat and mellow along a…

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Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
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Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Return to Meeks Bay Resort and Marina for dinner by the lake and sunset on the shore.

Meeks Bay ~ Magulu Watah

Once a gathering place on ancestral Washoe Tribal land, Meeks Bay at Lake Tahoe welcomes each guest as a friend. Comfortable lakefront lodging and modern campsites are available for your stay. You are invited to…

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Day 3

Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
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Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Spend the morning taking advantage of the many resort amenities

Meeks Bay ~ Magulu Watah

Once a gathering place on ancestral Washoe Tribal land, Meeks Bay at Lake Tahoe welcomes each guest as a friend. Comfortable lakefront lodging and modern campsites are available for your stay. You are invited to…

Read more
South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
Transportation | Transit Station
Board the Emerald Bay Trolley Southbound at 12:55 pm, arriving at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center at 1:45 pm.

This unmanned curbside transit station provides bus service to, from, and around South Lake Tahoe.

Located at the corder of 1000 Emerald Bay Rd. (Hwy 89) and Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy 50).

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Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station
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Make the final leg of the journey home by boarding the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3447 at 2:35 pm at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center and arriving in Sacramento at 5:25 pm.

Opened by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1926, the station is a key component in a large-scale development project to create a modern multimodal transportation hub and transform acres of former railyards north of the station into a new urban neighborhood.

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1 Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station
2 South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
3 Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery
4 Tahoe Wilderness Adventures
5 Emerald Bay Trolley
6 Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
7 Tahoe Yosemite Trail at Crag Lake
8 Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
9 Meeks Bay Resort and Marina
10 South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
11 Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station