Four Ways to Fall for North Lake Tahoe

Autumn Hikes and Adventures in North Lake Tahoe

Ready for a color-fall adventure? As vivid autumn colors start to line the sky and crowds begin to dwindle, North Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking secret season takes over and is a favorite among locals. With turning leaves, crisp air, and 12 towns to explore, North Lake Tahoe is the place to disconnect. Turn on your “out of office” and tune in to nature!

Out of Office, Into Nature!

You know about working from home—now try working in nature. You get a change of scenery for your work time, then you get to go outside and adventure. Watch the sunrise over Lake Tahoe, go on a lunchtime hike among Jeffrey pines and quaking aspen, then go with family and friends for a casual waterside bike ride. The North Shore of Lake Tahoe has miles of paved, car-free bike trails along the lake, with plentiful beach coves and restaurants. BONUS BREWS: The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail pairs your pedal with seasonal brew pit stops flavored for fall.

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Hike for Fall Colors

For beautiful leaf-peeping, hike among the fragrant forest and along the peaceful Lake Tahoe shoreline at Sugar Pine Point State Park. If easy sunrise and sunset hikes are in your wheelhouse, the 1-mile (one-way) hike to Picnic Rock via the Tahoe Rim Trail is grand in many ways, including the captivating view of Big Blue and the giant boulders that make nice perches. For a longer hike, the nearly 5-mile (round-trip) Tunnel Creek Trail is peak perfection, offering a drone’s-eye view of beautiful North Lake Tahoe and the surrounding basin. Find fall color hikes in North Lake Tahoe.

Find Fall Color Hikes in North Lake Tahoe

Sunny Side Up

With more than 274 days of sunshine, North Lake Tahoe lets you soak in some Vitamin D while forest bathing, leaf-peeping, beach lounging, or shoreline biking. Sunset viewing on the lake is also sublime. The alpenglow sets your heart aglow as it casts across the water and the sky transitions to brilliant pinks.

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Delightful Dozen

North Lake Tahoe has twelve distinct towns. Hang out lakeside on the glittering shorelines of Carnelian Bay and Kings Beach; enjoy Tahoe City’s lively dining and artisan shopping; bike or walk the East Shore Bike Trail connecting Incline Village to Sand Harbor; or get some peaceful hiking in Alpine Meadows.

Check Out This Guide to Plan Your Trip

Stay: Check out all the lodging—and their locations—in North Lake Tahoe. Extend your stay through the week to take advantage of additional savings and more open space.

Safe and Responsible Travels: North Lake Tahoe is committed to safe, friendly and responsible vacations. Please take the Traveler Responsibility Pledge and commit to doing your part to preserve the natural wonders of Lake Tahoe. For detailed information about travel and activities in North Lake Tahoe, check out our Know Before You Go Informational Guide, with helpful tips for planning your perfect trip.

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