Monkey Rock

Incline Village, NV
Length: 2.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 45    Average: 2.5/5]

This 2.6-mile out and back hike on Tahoe’s East Shore outside the town of Incline Village is named after the simian-like rock feature at its terminus and includes one of the best views of Lake Tahoe. There is no trailhead for this hike and you will have to park next to the Tunnel Creek Cafe. The hike climbs 500 feet overall and can be done gradually or by taking a lung-busting shorter route to the summit.

The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.


Submitted by Joe Linehan

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Summer
Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 500 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake and Viewpoint

There is a steep “short-cut” to the left in the fork in the trail to get to the viewpoint quicker.
Watch out for bikers on the trail!
Monkey Rock is at the north side of boulders at the overlook.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park next to Tunnel Creek Cafe.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 45    Average: 2.5/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

From Tahoe City, continue clockwise around the Lake on Hwy 28 into Incline Village. Take a left on Ponderosa Ranch Rd. Tunnel Creek Cafe and Road is on your right. From South Lake Tahoe, take Hwy 50 north to Incline Village and take a right on Ponderosa Ranch Rd.