Catching the peak of Fall Foliage in the Sierra Nevada

Lake Tahoe Fall Colors

Science is cool and so are interactive maps. Thanks to some programming whiz kids at SmokyMountains.com and their use of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data (including historical and forecast temperatures and precipitation), historical leaf peak trends, and peak observation trends, travelers now have an online map that lets them in on the best weeks to catch fall foliage splendor around the country. https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

What does it tell us? Well, while the North-East Coast’s burst of colors is past its peak by the first week in October, Lake Tahoe is just hitting its prime. According to the fall foliage map, the week of Oct. 15, 2017, is prime time for Sierra’s display.

Top 5 Lake Tahoe Fall Foliage Hikes:

Fall Foliage hits its peak in Lake Tahoe in October.

Rabe Meadow

Easily accessible from U.S. Highway 50 with a paved bike and hiking trails, this meadow pops with color in the fall and leads down to the shoreline at Nevada Beach.

Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake got its name for a reason. The beautiful lake has large swaths of Aspens along its shoreline. With parking options at the campground or snow park lot off Highway 89, the lake has trails that meander along the shoreline and through stands of Aspen groves and past historical ruins like Anita Baldwin’s private house on the lake’s west shore. Anita was the daughter of E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin the colorful mining and turf figure of the old west with ties to California including the Santa Anita Racetrack.

Big Meadow to Round Lake

Start at Big Meadow Trailhead on Highway 89 headed south toward Luther Pass. Fall brings fewer crowds and more parking spots at the trailhead. After crossing back over the highway there is a half-mile uphill hike to Big Meadow which sits at about 7,500 feet in elevation. After enjoying the meadow view head back into the forest and follow the signs to Round Lake.

Hope Valley

Further along Highway 89 at the junction with Highway 88 there plenty of road pullouts for a long or short hike among a network of trails that work their way through brilliant stands of Aspens. The West Carson River flows through the valley and offers excellent fishing opportunities.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park

With trails that start at lake level at the California/Nevada state line and go all the way to the Tahoe Rim Trail, Van Sickle bi-state park is a great way to get a panoramic view of fall color on the South Shore.

 

Take advantage of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s fall special and catch Lake Tahoe’s peak season of color.

Farm to Fork Festival brings tasty treats to South Shore

Sample the Sierra, South Shore’s own Farm to Fork festival, returns for its eighth year Sept. 16, and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s own Chef Salvador Cortex Delgado will be on hand showcasing what he does best at Echo Restaurant.

Delgado’s Adventure menu is a hit featuring the best of Sierra seasonal ingredients and meat choices like the locally sourced grass-fed, all natural beef.  Echo’s outdoor deck is the perfect place to indulge. Through Sept. 30 diners can grab an Adirondack chair and enjoy an ice cold beer and burger with fries for just $14.

BURGER, BEER, & ADIRONDACK FOR JUST $14.

To sweeten the weekend of food and fun book your room with our Summer Fun package. Use code SUMFUN17 for the best rates.

Sample the Sierra tickets are on sale now at www.samplethesierra.com. Full tasting tickets are $40 for full tasting tickets and $30 for under 21 tickets.

Eclipse of the Sun – Monday, Aug. 21

At 9:04 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, South Lake Tahoe will be treated to an eclipse of the sun or at least 80 percent of one. Crossing the U.S. from Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., festivals and events are planned across the country in the path of totality where the moon will completely cover the sun, leaving only the sun’s corona visible, but here in South Lake Tahoe we are still in for quite a show.

The maximum eclipse will hit here at 10:19 a.m., with the sun returning at 11:42 a.m.  A solar filter is needed to view this awe-inspiring event safely.  Read up on all the guidelines at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Take advantage of our extended Tahoe Summer Fun package and watch the eclipse with us. Use code SUMFUN17 when booking.

Read up on the eclipse at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ .

This image shows the Aug. 1, 2008, solar eclipse at the point of totality, when the moon completely blocks out the body of the sun, revealing the normally hidden, halo-like corona. Image Credit: The Exploratorium