Our host, Steve, came up to Tahoe for a short visit recently. We were happy to see him and, frankly, just to have some company after 4 months of solitude.
Directly across the road from Steve’s house is a prominent landmark called Round Hill. It’s a small hill right on the shore of Lake Tahoe, perhaps 300 feet high at its peak. We were on the balcony looking at the hill and realized that in the 10 years Steve and Wende have owned the house, they had not yet hiked to the top of the hill. So, the next day we did just that.
It’s not a particularly difficult hike. It begins on the north side above the Round Hill Pines Beach. As you make your way up the trail, you start to get a nice view looking north along the shoreline and a nice view of Steve and Wende’s house. The trail continues around to the east side where you get good views of the mountains and the town of South Lake Tahoe. Then around to the south side of the hill you will have a stunning view of the entire south half of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. At the peak you can choose which portion of a 180 degree vista to focus your attention upon. We enjoyed it so much we did it again a couple of days later.
We enjoyed Steve’s visit and our daily walks/hikes, particularly the Round Hill hike.