Logan House Loop

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Logan House Loop is on a historic section of land near Lake Tahoe. Purchased in 1863 by Robert and Mary Logan, just before Nevada became the 36th state, the Logans opened the Logan House hotel on the lakeshore below this trail. In Mark Twain's San Francisco Letters of 1865, he describes the hotel as "new, handsomely furnished, and commodious; it stands within fifty feet of the water's edge, and commands a view of all the grand scenery there about; its table is furnished with the best the market affords, and behold they eat trout there every day."

Unfortunately for the Logans, the property fell victim to the tax burden. It was sold in 1866 to Henry M. Yerington, a timber baron and future Virginia and Truckee Railroad superintendent. The land was logged, and the house was left to decay.

The loop trail is accessible via Genoa Peak Road. It consists of rough dirt, loose gravel, rocks, and occasional asphalt. 4WD is unnecessary, but high clearance helps avoid numerous exposed rocks. It's an easy ride for all skill levels and caters to those who enjoy scenic drives through dense vegetation. There are several creeks along the way, but none that require crossing. There is no camping on this trail.