Lake Tahoe Fall Color

Things to Do — By christinanellemann on October 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

In the midst of the pine trees that surround Lake Tahoe, there are patches of Quaking Aspen that are glorious in the fall. Tahoe fall can either be long and warm or short and sweet – depending on the weather and when the cold and snow sets in. However, if you do come up to the lake during this time, you will find it relatively empty and much cheaper than during the summer or winter ski season. These five places around the lake are the best places to catch a little bit of fall color, but hurry before it fades away and the snow moves in.

Fallen Leaf Lake

This is one of the best areas of the lake to view the changing aspen leaves. A walk from the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground to the lake will open up from deep forest to meadow to mountain in just a few miles.

Sorenson’s Resort

A very popular place during the fall for visitors from the Bay Area. The side of the road can be crammed full of cars on the best color days. Rent a small cabin at the resort and hike on the trail above the resort to enjoy the color on your own time.

Donner Lake

This lake is close enough to Truckee to enjoy a meal at one of their great restaurants, but still feels away from everything. Find one of the public docks on the north side of the lake and enjoy the last rays of fall sunshine.

Tahoe Bike Path from Alpine Meadows to Tahoe City

Park near the entrance to the Alpine Meadows ski resort and ride a bike on the Tahoe Bike Path to Tahoe City. This easy, paved path meanders through groves of Aspen trees as well as Jeffrey Pine still smelling of vanilla.

Tahoe Meadows

Get out of the trees and into the sunshine with a walk on this short 1-mile hike at the top of the summit near Mt. Rose. There are Aspens located deeper into the hills and the sagebrush is in bloom.

Photos by [rezlab, Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture, sling, RickC, Simon Davison]

Tags: autumn, color, fall, leaves, sierras, tahoe, travel, trees


  • julietrevelyan says:

    Fall colors around a big, beautiful lake…ahh! I haven’t been to Tahoe in years. Need to change that soon. Great pics, btw.

  • Sue says:

    The fall colors are fabulous this time of year. It’s great to visit Tahoe in the fall, which is considered a shoulder season, compared to winter and summer which are the busy times of the year. Shoulder seasons provide a similar Tahoe experience without all the crowds. If you’re looking for a nice vacation rental check out, they have some great houses to help enjoy the fall colors.

  • Christina says:

    Thanks for the information Sue. I just added Buckingham Tahoe Rentals into the NileGuide Tahoe hotel listing.


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