Pope Beach is the longest of all Tahoe's beaches, and the first beach you'll pass as you leave South Lake Tahoe heading for Emerald Bay. It's a short 3 mile bike or car ride through the forest. After paying for parking at the kiosk and driving towards the beach you'll see that there's lots of room to spread out. Parking runs the length of the beach so you're never too far from the car. There are lots of restrooms along the beach and plenty of picnic areas with BBQ's. The beach is gradually sloped which makes it great for swimming and it's located on the National Forest Bike Trail if you decide to leave the car at home.