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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Lake Tahoe is enjoying abundance. Winter storms resulted in the wettest year on record in the Sierra Nevada. Here are some suggestions for enjoying spring’s bounty in South Lake Tahoe.
Water, water, everywhere, and there’s plenty to drink, marvel at, and more. It’s time to play at Lake Tahoe.
- Water runs downhill and makes spectacular waterfalls. Splash through the mud puddles like a kid and marvel in the spectacular power show that will be going on around the lake. (We recap some of the best for you in our top waterfall hikes blog. Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located right behind the hotel, Rim Trail Connector trail also has a waterfall.)
- Before everyone gets their power vessels in the water, take advantage of the crystal calm waters and kayak or paddleboard the lake. Get a map of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail and take off. Lake Tahoe is officially above its natural rim so there is plenty of water to explore.
- Spring showers bring riots of color. The wildflower season should be longer than normal this year. Tahoe’s first blooms will be found at lake level as the high country still has some melting to do.
- Go fishing. Mackinaw season is open year-round in Lake Tahoe and they are reeling in some big ones. Check out the latest catch with Mile High Fishing Charters.
Caught the big one on May 1 with Mile High Fishing Charters.
- Quality time – before summer comes swinging in South Lake Tahoe enjoys a slowdown that makes spring one of the best times to visit.
- Bonus: Saving your money by taking advantage of the special deals offered by Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel! Stay with us! Yahoo!
Special rates now through June 29 with rooms as little as $89 a night, with offer code 2TAHOE17.
Photo: Genoa Lakes Golf Course
The fates, Mother Nature, and atmospheric rivers blessed Lake Tahoe this winter, and as the mountain season eases into spring it provides some uniquely Tahoe opportunities.
Not sure what to do on your vacation? How about skiing, golfing, and paddle boarding all in the same day?
With area resorts staying open almost through April, Heavenly’s closing date is set for April 30, Sierra-at-Tahoe, April 23, and Kirkwood April 16; there is snow to be skied and celebrations to join. Heavenly’s Spring Loaded runs through April 8 and includes live entertainment, pond skimming, the Gunbarrel 25 race, and outdoor concerts.
Sierra-at-Tahoe has several slopestyle events still to come in April and they’re closing down the place with a Salsa Showdown on April 22.
The water is cold, but it’s not unusual to see paddle boarders out on the lake in April. The glass-like surface is just too beautiful to resist and with the temps rising to an average of 55 degrees during the day it feels pretty good. Just remember to wear your life vest in case you take a dip.
Golf courses at the lake usually open in May, but a short half-hour drive down the mountain to the Carson Valley offers several options including Genoa Lakes, with two courses to chose from – the Lakes Course or Resort Course. The Lakes Course, designed by PGA Champion Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III, meets head-on with the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada as it weaves through lush wetlands and the winding Carson River. The Resort Course designed by Johnny Miller and Harbottle offers wide open spaces and high desert views with over 300 feet of elevation changes.
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel can help you with tee times by clicking on “Build Your Own Golf Adventure” on the specials page.
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is your base for a spring break that’s going to be truly awesome this year. Check out the resort’s Snow Special with rooms from $89 a night through April 30. Suites at this great rate have limited availability so book now. Use offer code SKI17.