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Top 5 Fall Adventures of North Lake Tahoe
Surrounded by the towering Sierra, replete with impressive species of flora, and home to the largest alpine lake in North America, fall in North Lake Tahoe is unlike anywhere else in the world.
All year-round, North Lake Tahoe is home to timeless adventure—and fall is no different. Whether you’re looking to witness the stunning gold, orange and yellow hues as leaves transform in preparation for cooler temperatures; keeping fit with Tahoe’s endless array of human-powered sports and wellness opportunities; or simply leaning into the fall spirit at the region’s wide array of seasonal events, there’s a North Lake Tahoe adventure for everyone. We’ve rounded up 5 regional favorites.
Peep Fall’s Finest Foliage Along Tahoe’s Hiking Trails
One of fall’s simple-yet-essential pleasures is taking in the sight of leaves as they change with the season. As the natural home to over 10 different species of trees, North Lake Tahoe offers visitors the chance to experience nature’s bounty of autumnal colors as expressed by transforming leaves. This change in color is the result of diminishing chlorophyll (that’s what makes the leaves green)—plus a complex equation of species, moisture, temperature, location and what insect species are active in a region—and is especially apparent in deciduous trees like the Aspen.
Visitors can hike Tahoe’s various trails, which include the Mt. Rose Summit, Tahoe Meadows, Ellis Peak and Sugar Pine Point State Park trails, for maximum leaf-peeping satisfaction. Plus, rumor has it that 2017’s intense precipitation may contribute to an especially unique fall foliage presentation, courtesy of mother nature.
Celebrate Wellness and Renewal at this Fall-Inspired Wellness Retreat
Fall’s about much more than changing leaves and cooling temperatures—it also represents the start of an annual cycle of renewal that is critical to the wellness of our ecosystem. You, too, can get in on the wellness movement of the season by joining Granlibakken Tahoe for Wellness Weekend on November 11–12. This year, Granlibakken is proud to announce that Roger Gabriel, a Master Educator at the revered Chopra Center, will headline the weekend with a seminar titled “Release the Karmic Spirit”. Cleanse your mind, body and spirit and prepare for a prosperous year ahead as vendors, local artisans and holistic practitioners come together to celebrate the things that help us to feel good.
Work Up a Sweat, then Drink In the Flavors of Fall
Every fall, you can count on a few things happening: the leaves will change colors, the temperatures will descend, pumpkin-spice everything will pop up everywhere and—of course—the Tahoe City Oktoberfest will roll into town! This annual event, held on September 30 held along the lakeside town features local craft breweries, live music and delicious food in a festive fall celebration.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or simply looking to wet your whistle after a day of cycling, hiking and paddleboarding, North Lake Tahoe’s Ale Trail offers an array of beloved regional watering holes replete with locally-brewed craft beers. Take a day to peep the beautiful leaves of Tahoe’s aspen groves and alpine forests, then head up to places like Rubicon Pizza and Backyard Bar & BBQ to wind down and refuel.
Double Down on Fall Fitness with Dual Sports Days
Take advantage of cooler temps by staying outside longer and linking multiple sports together. In the fall, you can easily start the morning off with a round of golf and follow up with a long-distance cross-country mountain bike ride. Trails that once seemed too steep for the warm summer months are now ready for the taking. Explore Tunnel Creek trail in Incline Village, bike up Old Mount Rose Highway and descend the Tahoe Rim Trail, or cruise through the trail system of Tahoe XC.
For those who want to get on the water, many local sports stores rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks well into the fall. And while wetsuits are recommended, smooth-surfaced lakes — from Tahoe to Donner Lake to Boca Reservoir — make for ideal waterskiing and wakeboarding. Trout also grow more active with the cooling water temperatures, and area lakes and rivers offer some of the finest fishing in the West
Step Into the Season’s Spirit With These Fun Fall Events
Fall can be perfect for bundling up indoors and reading a good book alone—but for those of you who love getting out all year-round, North Lake Tahoe’s events scene gives you plenty of reason to rejoice! Satisfy your appetite on October 1 at Homewood Mountain Resort hosts its Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival, where you’ll enjoy delicious local food and brews—plus an incredible performance from Local Luminary Jenni Charles.
Skiing more your speed? Prepare for the winter shred season ahead when Homewood Mountain Resort premieres various winter sports films including “Room for Improvement” by Janky films and “Numinous” by Kye Peterson on October 5.
Finally, ring in the fall spirit at Tahoe Donner’s annual Fall Festival in the Northwood Clubhouse. This harvest hootenanny offers something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, arts and craft vendors, “Doggie Dip” pool contest, live entertainment, kids carnival area, face painting, climbing wall, pony rides, BBQ, fall beer selections, and more
Feeling the fall spirits? Share this list with your friends and start planning a fall season to be remembered.