South Whale Beach

Pub date January 5, 2010
WriterGary Hanauer

Rating: C

For naturists, often-deserted South Whale Beach is a dream come true: a spot where you can often be “one with nature” without anyone disturbing you. To find this naked nook, continue on the trail from North Whale Beach until you reach the end of the path. The quick and easy walk terminates at the top of South Whale Beach, which can be reached by stepping down some small rocks from there onto the sand.

Legal status:

Part of Toiyabe National Forest.

How to find it:

From North Whale Beach, follow the only trail from there south, as it loops around a series of rocks that are as much as 10 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter. Stay on the path until it ends. You’ll now be at a point that is just above the beach. If you walk down a few small rocks, you should arrive at the sand in a minute or two. Total estimated walking time from North Whale is about 10 minutes.

The beach:

“It’s a little peninsula,” says visitor Steve Williams. “The sand is usually in good shape,” comments TAN leader North Swanson.

The crowd:

Depending on the day, you may encounter suited or clothing-optional visitors or both. Or you may be alone. On the hottest weekends, it often draws two or three groups of users. Williams saw two nude couples on a summer weekday.


May feel too isolated to some people; limited parking; long walk from the parking lot.