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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.