Spring at Lake Tahoe: Waiting for the snow to melt

Things to Do — By christinanellemann on May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

It has been a stellar season for skiers, riders, sledding and snowmen. However, some of us are really wanting the snow to melt so we can participate in the warm weather sports of hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing and swimming.So while us summer lovers are waiting for the snow to melt, here are a few things that can be done at the lake during the spring.

Go rock climbing

Instead of hiking, try some indoor or outdoor rock climbing. There are several rock climbing gyms around the lake as well as some tried and true routes for both beginners and advanced climbers. The best routes are at D.L. Bliss State Park and Donner State Park.

Visit a hot spring

It’s still cool enough during the day and into the evening to enjoy a soak in a natural hot spring. There are several hot springs near the Tahoe area including Sierra Hot Springs in Sierraville, Walley’s Hot Springs near Genoa, and Grover Hot Springs near Markleeville.

Take an ATV tour with the Nevada Adventure Company

The Nevada Adventure Company gives ATV and Hummer tours of the backcountry area of the Pinenut Mountains just southeast of Lake Tahoe. It’s a fun way to see the desert before it gets too hot.

Ride the Heavenly Aerial Tram

Even if you don’t ski, the view from the Heavenly Aerial Tram is…well…heavenly. You can see across the lake to Emerald Bay and into the south part of the lake which is still full of snow. For those warm spring days, bring a picnic and eat at the overlook.

Have a picnic on the beach

Spring is a great time to hit the beaches. The water will still be too cold to swim, but there are some great areas for picnics without the summer crowds. The best beaches for sunshine and picnics are Kings Beach, Zephyr Cove, Sand Harbor and Nevada Beach.

Walk along the Tahoe City Boardwalk

This newly refurbished walking area along the lake in Tahoe City is a great way to experience the water and the history of Tahoe. Take the boardwalk to the Gatekeeper’s Museum near the corner of Hwy. 28 and Hwy. 89.

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