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Tahoe South in Spring: 4 Outdoor Activities Your Group Can’t Miss

Picture it: Tahoe South; springtime; the snow melting away; the Sierras skirted with fresh shades of green and yellow and crystal-clear waters for miles. It’s one of the country’s most scenic natural playgrounds, and your meeting attendees get to explore it all.

Check out these top outdoor spring activities to add to your meeting in Tahoe South.

1. Waterfall Hikes

Spring is the best time to get outside and onto a hiking trail here. The water flows rapidly as the snow melts during spring runoff, which means epic (and Insta-memorable) waterfall views along some of Tahoe’s best trails! Your group will find hikes for every skill level in and around Tahoe South. Here’s a list of our five favorite waterfalls.

2. Clear Kayak Tours

Take a guided tour of the lake on a transparent kayak! This luxury experience lets your group glide over the second deepest lake in the U.S. and experience incredible views all day long. If you’re planning for meetings all day, no problem. Your group can st..

Picture it: Tahoe South; springtime; the snow melting away; the Sierras skirted with fresh shades of green and yellow and crystal-clear waters for miles. It’s one of the country’s most scenic natural playgrounds, and your meeting attendees get to explore it all.

Check out these top outdoor spring activities to add to your meeting in Tahoe South.

1. Waterfall Hikes

Spring is the best time to get outside and onto a hiking trail here. The water flows rapidly as the snow melts during spring runoff, which means epic (and Insta-memorable) waterfall views along some of Tahoe’s best trails! Your group will find hikes for every skill level in and around Tahoe South. Here’s a list of our five favorite waterfalls.

2. Clear Kayak Tours

Take a guided tour of the lake on a transparent kayak! This luxury experience lets your group glide over the second deepest lake in the U.S. and experience incredible views all day long. If you’re planning for meetings all day, no problem. Your group can still experience the lake at night on an LED glow tour or LED stargazing tour.

3. Mountain Biking

Tahoe South has legendary mountain biking trails for those in your group looking to explore some new terrain. They’ll take in views of the famed Emerald Bay while biking along the 72 miles of scenic trails on the Lake Tahoe loop. Our town is a bike-friendly community, so you’ll find plenty of locally owned bike shops to help with all of your rentals and biking needs. From advanced trails such as the Flume Trail to relaxing rides on the lake basin, you’ll find no shortage of mountain biking activities. Here are the six most popular bike trails.

4. Lake Cruises

There’s no better chaser to a day (or few days) of business than one of Tahoe South’s unforgettable lake cruises. Attendees can relax and unwind as they breathe in the fresh Lake Tahoe breeze. There are cruises to fit every schedule, so whether you’re enjoying the sunshine, watching the sunset over Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm Castle or grabbing dinner on an evening cruise, there’s never a wrong time to be out on the water here.

If you’re interested in booking a meeting in Tahoe South this spring, drop our team a line or check out more activities for your group on this list.

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Take in All of Tahoe This May

May is when the many various parts of Tahoe come alive again. It’s a time where you can experience all four seasons in just one month, convenient to enjoy each of your favorite outdoor activities. What this really means is that not only can we now enjoy this vast outdoor playground again, but even our local events, gatherings, and community happenings will be back outside, finally. The town is busy still as you’d expect, but with more buzz.

Nevada Beach Lake Tahoe Nevada

Regardless of your winter hobbies, many people feel restricted during the winter, and after being cooped up for months we’re all itchin’ to get outside. Get ready for outdoor music, outdoor barbecues, outdoor parties and Tahoe tomfoolery from the village to the beaches and mountains.

Many of the marinas are operating again for all of your boating and water sports needs. The majority of the beaches, forest service roads & lands, and campgrounds will become accessible this month. Go out and get after it.

Climbing Pie..

May is when the many various parts of Tahoe come alive again. It’s a time where you can experience all four seasons in just one month, convenient to enjoy each of your favorite outdoor activities. What this really means is that not only can we now enjoy this vast outdoor playground again, but even our local events, gatherings, and community happenings will be back outside, finally. The town is busy still as you’d expect, but with more buzz.

Family Fun at Nevada Beach Lake Tahoe

Nevada Beach Lake Tahoe Nevada

Regardless of your winter hobbies, many people feel restricted during the winter, and after being cooped up for months we’re all itchin’ to get outside. Get ready for outdoor music, outdoor barbecues, outdoor parties and Tahoe tomfoolery from the village to the beaches and mountains.

Many of the marinas are operating again for all of your boating and water sports needs. The majority of the beaches, forest service roads & lands, and campgrounds will become accessible this month. Go out and get after it.

Pie Shop Climbing Lake Tahoe Family Fun

Climbing Pie Shop Tahoe | Photo: MIchael Habicht Tahoe Climbing Coalition

We start the month with an event that not only locals, but the many fans of Tahoe should be elated to hear about, the Tahoe Climbing Coalition Kick-Off Party. The Tahoe Climbing Coalition is a brand new organization dedicated to providing access, stewardship, and advocation of rock climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Tahoe Climbing Coalition Kick Off Party Lake Tahoe

I’m so excited for this group because Tahoe clearly has some world class climbing that will finally have a larger platform. When the locals come together like this to pioneer something, amazing things happen – TAMBA comes to mind, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these guys. Join them for a fun and informative launch from 6pm-10pm at South Lake Brewing Company where esteemed climber Ethan Pringle will join the festivities as a guest speaker.

Azul Latin Kitchen Margarita Lake Tahoe

Margarita | Photo: Azul Latin Kitchen

The first weekend also falls on Cinco De Mayo, which needs no introduction. South Lake Tahoe is home to a diverse body of people, many with Mexican roots, and the town is showing out to join the festivities. Don’t miss the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Margarita Contest Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe May 4th and 5th. Frozen or on the rocks? Are you the salt on the rim type? Doesn’t matter because this weekend you’re going to love them all.

South Lake Tahoe Flea Market

Photo Tahoe Flea Market

Also starting back up this weekend are the South Lake Tahoe Flea Markets and what a fun way to get back and involved with the Tahoe community. You can just about guarantee you’ll walk away with something, whether a thrifty score or some homemade Tahoe treasure. Start your weekend here and head out for more fun, the flea markets continue on every weekend until the end of September.

Brunch Edgewood Tahoe

Brunch at Edgewood Tahoe

Bring your mother to Tahoe South for Mother’s Day weekend and she’ll probably ask for it to be the new tradition. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Edgewood Tahoe is easily one of the tastiest ways to start the day, but continue on to their spa to treat mom to some ultimate relaxation. Later, hit the shops at Heavenly Village and follow your nose to the Baked Bear for a custom ice cream sandwich. You don’t need to go far to have a day full of fun memories, but it’s nice to know that once you’re here there’s an adventure right around the corner if that’s the way the day plays out.

Amgen is back and the hype is here! What an incredible event it was to be a part of last year, what an incredible feeling to be right there at the finish line where emotions are running high. This year will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history, with the Men’s Stage 2 finish from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe on May 13. The community is invited to Heavenly’s California Base Lodge to cheer on these super-athletes, take the opportunity to watch the current and future stars of this sport.

Good Sam Safe Ride Car Show Heavenly Village

Good Sam Safe Ride Car Show Heavenly Village

The month ends with Memorial Day weekend, another big weekend for Tahoe as many places open for the summer if they haven’t already. Heavenly Resort will be back with the Summer Kick Off Car and Bike Show May 24th-27th and continuing until winter. It’s free to walk around and always very cool to see what car owners and collectors will bring out each year.

At the same time, they’ll start up the Heavenly Village Concert Series. Apart from being Lake Tahoe’s largest free summer concert series, what also sets the Heavenly Village events apart from other seasonal entertainment is its family-friendly environment. Concerts are held either between Gunbarrel Tavern and Fire + Ice or in front of Azul Latin Kitchen.

Speaking of music, the Lake Tahoe Aleworx Summer Music Series is so much fun, and the guys over at either of the AleWorX locations are all about great food paired with a great atmosphere. Take it from the owner – “Our goal as a company is to provide the very best food and beverage experience for our locals and visitors throughout the upcoming summer of 2019. From Memorial to Labor Day Weekend we plan to host live entertainment EVERY evening with an intention to host performances ALL DAY LONG every weekend (Fri-Sun). With both our Y and Stateline locations, we are in a unique position to be able to cater to two of the major niche markets within our Tahoe South community.”

Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber at Lake Tahoe

Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber at the Tallac Historic Site Lake Tahoe | Photo: Great Basin Institute

One last thing I’d like to mention that I’m so glad is returning is the Stream Profile Chamber at Taylor Creek. Due to a large crack deeming the area unsafe last year, the Stream Profile Chamber never opened. The impact was felt – during the average school year, Taylor Creek Visitor Center hosts over 150 students per day to connect classroom curriculum with direct experience with the local aquatic life, and of course the highlight is the Stream Profile Chamber experience which allows visitors to get an up-close underwater view of the spawning Kokanee salmon.

When they requested assistance from the Tahoe Fund for the repair, the nonprofit stepped in to solve the problem with support from Tahoe Blue Vodka. As of now, their hope is to bring back this beloved feature to the south shore with the opening of the Taylor Creek Recreation Area Memorial Day Weekend.

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Step Where Mark Twain Walked

There’re few figures in history more intertwined with Lake Tahoe than Samuel Clemens… or as we know him, Mark Twain. His words about this topaz-colored lake are infamous! As he once stated, it’s “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” What better way to honor his writing than by exploring some of the places Mark Twain visited in Lake Tahoe & the surrounding area.

The Flume Trail
View from the Tunnel Creek Lake Tahoe | Photo: @laurawesttravels

Ever wonder where Mark Twain got inspired to write the following quote about Lake Tahoe?

“As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.”

It was when Samuel Clemens moved out West with Orion in 1861 to the Nevada territory. On a hike from Carson City, he came upon the legendary view overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Tahoe.

To get to the site & see this beautiful imagery for yourself, park at the Tunnel Cree..

There’re few figures in history more intertwined with Lake Tahoe than Samuel Clemens… or as we know him, Mark Twain. His words about this topaz-colored lake are infamous! As he once stated, it’s “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” What better way to honor his writing than by exploring some of the places Mark Twain visited in Lake Tahoe & the surrounding area.

The Flume Trail

View from the Tunnel Creek Lake Tahoe

View from the Tunnel Creek Lake Tahoe | Photo: @laurawesttravels

Ever wonder where Mark Twain got inspired to write the following quote about Lake Tahoe?

“As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.”

It was when Samuel Clemens moved out West with Orion in 1861 to the Nevada territory. On a hike from Carson City, he came upon the legendary view overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Tahoe.

To get to the site & see this beautiful imagery for yourself, park at the Tunnel Creek Café and walk up the Tunnel Creek trail about 1.3 miles. Here you’ll experience the view Mark Twain recounts. For those that don’t trust their GPS, don’t worry. There’s an interpretive panel marking the spot.

Lake House

As Mark Twain battled a terrible cold sometime in 1863, he spent time at what he referred to as the “Lake House.” Here, he was issued a “sheet bath,” requiring him to stand in or adjacent to the lake at midnight & get wrapped in a sheet soaked in the “frosty” waters. Many mistakenly think the Lake House was the Lake Shore House in Glenbrook. But the reality is it was a house in South Lake Tahoe. Even though it’s no longer standing, you can still sense what it must’ve felt like back in the 1860s.

To access the site from US Highway 50, follow San Francisco Ave until it ends. Park where legal and enter the meadow through the gate at the end of the street. Continue following the trail to the lake where the Lake House was approximately located.

David Walley’s Resort

David Walley's Resort

David Walley’s Resort | Photo: @1862davidwalleys

While it may not be in Lake Tahoe, this hot spring resort was a bastion for Mark Twain. Flanked by the rugged Sierra Nevada mountain range, this one particular hot spring just outside the first settlement in Nevada has been attracting weary travelers for over 150 years. Suffering from a bit of sickness when Twain visited in the spring of 1887, he remarked I “was relieved of pain and gained in spirit.”

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain will be forever tightly linked to the Mighty Mississippi. But, his words about Lake Tahoe tell you that he left a piece of his heart in the Tahoe Basin. So, the next time you visit Tahoe South, be sure to give a nod to the legendary American writer, lecturer, and satirist.

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Lake Tahoe Waterfalls: Glen Alpine Falls

Fallen Leaf Lake is one of my favorite places to go at this time of year; it is like a different world, so peaceful and calm.
The lake is three miles around and a mile wide, and cute summer homes are on most of the lake’s edge with private docks. There is also a campground only a short walk away from the lake, which is perfect for families!

Fallen Leaf Lake | Photo: @terrybglad

The waterfall that flows into the lake is pretty spectacular. Glen Alpine Falls is shorter than other waterfalls around Lake Tahoe, but wider and the water flows all over what I call the Sierra Slate. We sat and listened to the birds chirping and the water flowing for almost an hour. The flow of water is my favorite thing to listen to… it clears my mind.

Lower Glen Alpine Falls

If you haven’t been to Fallen Leaf Lake before I encourage you to check it out! To get there, turn onto Fallen Leaf Road from Highway 89. It is a two-lane road until the campground and then becomes a one-lane road with pullouts for on..

Fallen Leaf Lake is one of my favorite places to go at this time of year; it is like a different world, so peaceful and calm.

The lake is three miles around and a mile wide, and cute summer homes are on most of the lake’s edge with private docks. There is also a campground only a short walk away from the lake, which is perfect for families!

Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake | Photo: @terrybglad

The waterfall that flows into the lake is pretty spectacular. Glen Alpine Falls is shorter than other waterfalls around Lake Tahoe, but wider and the water flows all over what I call the Sierra Slate. We sat and listened to the birds chirping and the water flowing for almost an hour. The flow of water is my favorite thing to listen to… it clears my mind.

Glen Alpine waterfall around Lake Tahoe

Lower Glen Alpine Falls

If you haven’t been to Fallen Leaf Lake before I encourage you to check it out! To get there, turn onto Fallen Leaf Road from Highway 89. It is a two-lane road until the campground and then becomes a one-lane road with pullouts for oncoming traffic. Please drive slowly and be courteous to other drivers on the road – this means pulling over if there’s room to let cars pass, and waving as they pull over for you. To drive to the falls, continue past the general store on the right and past a fire station on your left onto another one lane road. You’ll go up a half mile or so and hear the falls roaring; parking is limited and difficult as there are no designated spots. Make sure to watch your little ones, as there is no gate or fence that keeps you from the falls.

The snow is melting quickly, and waterfalls around Tahoe will not be full for long. Between now and late June will be the best times to see them. So get out there and explore!

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Spring Outings at Tahoe South

Do you hear that? The snow is melting and winter is moving on. You never know when spring is really going to hit in Lake Tahoe, but after another record-breaking winter on the books, I think everyone is tired of the early morning ice scraping and ready for sunny spring days. Mother nature has fought off winter enough that it seems safe to say spring is here. While Tahoe’s various surrounding streams and lakes are filling to the brim, a new Tahoe is awakening.

Eagle Falls at Emerald Bay | Photo: @jennifer_hadley_photography

It can be an odd time of year. Will it be too chilly? Are my favorite hobbies ready for me? Well, how muddy are you willing to get? Finally, we can start to take advantage of a much larger portion of the activities that make Tahoe an unrivaled outdoor destination.

If you’re not ready to part ways with the slopes, the spring skiing is sure to be incredible and Heavenly Resort extended their season through Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re satisfied with your goggle-t..

Do you hear that? The snow is melting and winter is moving on. You never know when spring is really going to hit in Lake Tahoe, but after another record-breaking winter on the books, I think everyone is tired of the early morning ice scraping and ready for sunny spring days. Mother nature has fought off winter enough that it seems safe to say spring is here. While Tahoe’s various surrounding streams and lakes are filling to the brim, a new Tahoe is awakening.

Sunrise Emerald Bay Eagle Falls Lake Tahoe Spring

Eagle Falls at Emerald Bay | Photo: @jennifer_hadley_photography

It can be an odd time of year. Will it be too chilly? Are my favorite hobbies ready for me? Well, how muddy are you willing to get? Finally, we can start to take advantage of a much larger portion of the activities that make Tahoe an unrivaled outdoor destination.

If you’re not ready to part ways with the slopes, the spring skiing is sure to be incredible and Heavenly Resort extended their season through Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re satisfied with your goggle-tan and eager for what’s next, South Lake Tahoe is the place to be, bet on it.

It’s a great time to get back to nature. If you start on the south shore and head south on Highway 50, you’ll follow the perfect route for any day no matter the season, but especially spring since it starts to become more accessible earlier on than many spots the further you venture out. Keep reading for some potential outings that you’ll come across – you can reach any of these destinations in under an hour (and most much quicker) if starting in Tahoe South.

Glen Alpine Falls Lake Tahoe | Photo: @activenorcal

Head toward Fallen Leaf Lake and the Lower Glen Alpine Falls will be roaring at this point. From this trailhead, you can get warmed up for the season with numerous short hikes through the trees and some great scenery to match. If you prefer, you can set out for much longer treks around Fallen Leaf Lake and of course the esteemed Mt. Tallac (also accessible from this trailhead). It’s incredible to see the other snow-capped peaks from the summit of Tallac, but you will definitely need some proper boots for the snow.

Instead of taking Emerald Bay road toward Fallen Leaf Lake, if you continue straight on Lake Tahoe Blvd. and begin to actually exit the Lake Tahoe area your world opens up to many more options. It’s starting to become dry enough that you can bust out the bike again, and spring is an incredible season for mountain biking. Experienced riders know that the riding is often preferable when the ground is a little damp because your tires can really grab and grip. Tahoe Mountain (shortly after you pass Sawmill Rd., off Tahoe Mountain Rd.) is one of the most classic spots on the south side known for access to multiple trails for all skill levels.

 The trail to echo lake / flagpole peak

The trail to echo lake/flagpole peak | Photo: @tahoeadventuresblog

If you continue on Highway 50 you’ll eventually hit Echo Lake where you can hike the PCT and/or Tahoe Rim Trail out to Flagpole & Echo Peaks. If you skip the peaks, you could take the Tahoe Rim Trail from here all the way to Desolation Wilderness and the astounding Lake Aloha. This is, in my opinion, one of the coolest lakes you can visit in the area, and easily a favorite spot for pitching a hammock and relaxing with a sandwich. These can be fairly challenging trails for the humble hiker and you will want to be properly fueled up with plenty of water and proper shoes.

Lake Aloha near Lake Tahoe

Lake Aloha | Photo: Trover

If you were to continue past Echo Lake, past Sierra at Tahoe, you’ll come to the Pyramid Creek Trailhead in Twin Bridges, CA which will bring you to one of the most scenic waterfalls around, Horsetail Falls. Although a bit strenuous as you approach the last leg, the views at the top are incredible and you’ll be graced with the view of Avalanche Lake looking over Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe.

Horsetail Falls Waterfall Twin Bridges near Lake Tahoe

Horsetail Falls | Photo: @thebucketlistadventurer

Let’s backtrack a little bit. Instead of following Highway 50 in the above route I’ve detailed, you could turn off on Highway 89 towards Luther Pass for even more adventures within a similar driving distance.

For something a little more low-key, Hope Valley is, of course, incredible spring or fall if you want to view the colorful wildflower bloom. The striking views continue as you approach Meiss Meadows, a piece of the watershed of the upper Truckee River, thus rich with wildflowers when the snow is clear.

Meiss Meadows Hope Valley Near Lake Tahoe

Meiss Meadows | Photo: @tahoejenn

Continue on the Carson Pass for more breathtaking hikes without the crowds. If the snow is clear enough (or you’re properly equipped) the trek to Showers Lake, in particular, is spectacular. Just beyond that is a really fun hike to Elephant’s Back which offers great views and wildflowers throughout. Make it a day and keep hiking passed Elephant’s Back all the way to Round Top Lake.

Showers Lake near Lake Tahoe

Showers Lake | Photo: The Path Less Beaten

Remember that the woods are just beginning to clear out. In some spots, you’ll need to be prepared for snow if you really want to take advantage of it all, as you should. It’s easy to be content in Lake Tahoe because you don’t have to go far for a top-notch adventure, but even if you just barely venture south out of Lake Tahoe a whole new world opens up, and it’s all worth exploring.

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A Night Under the Stars: Camping in South Lake Tahoe

A camping trip to Lake Tahoe is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
What could beat roasting marshmallows under the stars? Photo credit: Karin Sharon

There is no better way to feel connected to the alpine landscape than getting close to nature and sleeping under the stars. Even locals like myself have enjoyed pitching tents at one of the nearby locales – despite some of them being in walking distance from my own bed. You may ask why someone would choose sleeping on the cold, hard ground rather than a soft, cozy bed, but after you have spent a night at one of the Lake Tahoe campgrounds, I bet you’d find it an obvious choice. Popular favorites of visitors and locals alike, here are the top sites to pitch a tent or park an RV on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.

Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina

The sunset from Camp Richardson. Photo credit: Karin Sharon

Camp Richardson is a full-service resort with 200 tent sites in two campgrounds. They also provide opportunities ..

A camping trip to Lake Tahoe is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

camping in south lake tahoe

What could beat roasting marshmallows under the stars? Photo credit: Karin Sharon

There is no better way to feel connected to the alpine landscape than getting close to nature and sleeping under the stars. Even locals like myself have enjoyed pitching tents at one of the nearby locales – despite some of them being in walking distance from my own bed. You may ask why someone would choose sleeping on the cold, hard ground rather than a soft, cozy bed, but after you have spent a night at one of the Lake Tahoe campgrounds, I bet you’d find it an obvious choice. Popular favorites of visitors and locals alike, here are the top sites to pitch a tent or park an RV on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.

Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina

camping in South Lake Tahoe

The sunset from Camp Richardson. Photo credit: Karin Sharon

Camp Richardson is a full-service resort with 200 tent sites in two campgrounds. They also provide opportunities to rent turnkey RV’s when you want to leave the hassle at home. It will feel like a luxury stay, equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, linen and towels. Located off of Highway 89, Camp Richardson offers visitors plenty of in-house activities including boat rentals, watersports, beachfront dining, and a general store and ice-cream parlor. If you are seeking an immersive campground, Camp Richardson can check those boxes.

Fallen Leaf Campground

Fallen Leaf Campground is a peaceful site located on the north shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and adjacent to Taylor creek. The native trees and wildflower meadows provide the perfect backdrop when setting up tents. A short hike allows visitors to explore Taylor Creek and Fallen Leaf Lake and it’s only a mile from the south shore of Lake Tahoe. The campground hosts 206 sites that are tent and RV-friendly, and has paved bike paths and open picnic areas.

Nevada Beach Campground

south lake tahoe camping

Sleep under a canopy of trees! Photo credit: Karin Sharon

Located near the Nevada-California state line, Nevada Beach Campground is a more subdued site. While it is smaller in size, the campground still has offerings for both tents and RVs, including bathrooms and grills. It’s attached to the mile-long Nevada Beach, making it easy to spend a relaxing and rejuvenating day. Nevada Beach is also dog-friendly, as long as the pets are leashed. There are many scenic bike trails off of the site, ready for visitors to explore.

Zephyr Cove Resort

Zephyr Cove Resort Cabin summer

Zephyr Cove Resort Cabin

One of the more popular resorts and campgrounds in the Lake Tahoe region, Zephyr Cove Resort has much to offer. The award-winning RV and tent park includes bathrooms, laundry services, an on-site restaurant and well-behaved pets. Guests have access to the nearby beaches, watersports, beach volleyball and horse stables.Take one of the iconic Lake Tahoe cruises on either the Tahoe Queen, the MS Dixie II, or the Tahoe Paradise.

Campground By the Lake

Campground by the Lake

Campground by the Lake at South Lake Tahoe

Campground By the Lake is in the center of it all. Located in the heart of the City of South Lake Tahoe, the campground is close to restaurants, shops, and all that South Lake Tahoe has to offer. There are nearby beaches with boat and watersport rentals. This campground has 340 tent and RV sites along with boat ramps and showers. It is also one of the few locations that is pet friendly.

D.L. Bliss State Park

D.L. Bliss State Park is near Emerald Bay off of Highway 89. The park features 150 campsites and one of Tahoe’s “hidden” beaches. The park is popular for its hiking trails, such as the Lighthouse Trail and Balancing Rock Nature Trail.

Luxury hotels, spas and resorts provide opportunities for comfort and relaxation. Yet I have found that a camping trip can be quite therapeutic in its own sense. Connecting with nature, roasting marshmallows on a crackling fire and having a clear view of the open skies all paint the picture of what I believe Tahoe is about.

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Hike To Eagle Falls & Eagle Lake – A Great Beginner Hike

For those that haven’t taken their first step into the Great Outdoors, it can be a bit intimidating. Luckily, hiking doesn’t require special skills or equipment. All you’ll need is the ability to walk and to know where you are. The biggest mistake most beginners make is picking a trail that’s too tough. You want a challenge, but not one that’ll make you regret it. And of course, you should pick one that gives you a reward at the end. There isn’t a more perfect hike to start with than the short jaunt to Eagle Falls.

Eagle Falls @ Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

Hike To Eagle Falls
When it comes to scenery, the Eagle Falls trail offers up some of the most beautiful landscape the Lake Tahoe Basin has to offer. Cascading waterfalls, large granite peaks, lush vegetation, and most of all, lots and lots of evergreens. The beaten path starts off easily as you slowly ascend from the parking lot. After about a ¼ mile, you’ll head up a path of lovely stone stairs cut right into the rock wall itself. Aft..

For those that haven’t taken their first step into the Great Outdoors, it can be a bit intimidating. Luckily, hiking doesn’t require special skills or equipment. All you’ll need is the ability to walk and to know where you are. The biggest mistake most beginners make is picking a trail that’s too tough. You want a challenge, but not one that’ll make you regret it. And of course, you should pick one that gives you a reward at the end. There isn’t a more perfect hike to start with than the short jaunt to Eagle Falls.

Eagle Falls at Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls @ Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

Hike To Eagle Falls

When it comes to scenery, the Eagle Falls trail offers up some of the most beautiful landscape the Lake Tahoe Basin has to offer. Cascading waterfalls, large granite peaks, lush vegetation, and most of all, lots and lots of evergreens. The beaten path starts off easily as you slowly ascend from the parking lot. After about a ¼ mile, you’ll head up a path of lovely stone stairs cut right into the rock wall itself. After about another ¼ mile, you’ll come upon the falls themselves.

Eagle Lake above Eagle Falls Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

Eagle Lake above Eagle Falls Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe | Photo: Local Freshies

Eagle Lake – Well Worth The Effort

If you’re feeling a bit winded from the elevation, you can turn around here. For those that have the energy, we HIGHLY recommend continuing forward to Eagle Lake. As the trail continues up, be sure to stop whenever the forest canopy opens to gaze upward at the towering mountains surrounding you. As you come upon Eagle Lake, veer left and continue until the path ends at an extensive collection of fallen boulders. When you get here, you’ll realize why we recommend venturing further. As the glassy water reflects the mountainscape above, it will take your breath away. Definitely worth the effort!

Eagle Falls Trail Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls Trail Lake Tahoe | Photo: Photo: Local Freshies

Directions To Trailhead:

Take Highway 89 North, approximately 8 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Eagle Falls Picnic Area. Note: There is a parking fee at this trailhead.

Tips:

  1. Being so close to South Lake Tahoe, this trail is very popular. It’s best to visit early in the morning, or better yet, come during the shoulder season such as spring or fall.
  2. Don’t forget to bring cash to pay for parking.
  3. If you’re considering hiking all the way to Eagle Lake, be sure to pick up a Desolation Wilderness permit at the trailhead.
  4. Across Highway 89 is the world-famous Emerald Falls you’ve seen in countless photos. These easily accessed falls provide a fantastic vista of the cascading water with Emerald Bay as its backdrop.

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South Lake Tahoe beaches – sunshine, sand and swimming

Those who live near the Pacific or Atlantic coasts probably have idealistic images of what ocean side beaches are supposed to look like. Many visitors coming from those ends of the country might have doubts as to how an alpine lake can compete with what they are accustomed to, but those thoughts will be quickly swept away with a trip to Lake Tahoe. Speaking on behalf of all locals, we are proud of our diverse variety of beaches and all they have to offer. Whether you are seeking a day of exhilarating water sports or serene relaxation, South Lake Tahoe has you covered!

Family Fun Beaches
Some of the many watersport options at Zephyr Cove Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

Pope Beach is the longest beach in Tahoe and a popular family locale. Be sure to bring some hotdogs to grill on the standing BBQ’s to satisfy the appetite you will work up after you rent paddleboats, kayaks and jetskis. The beach has many trees, so you can take a break from the sun if you need. (parking fee)

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Those who live near the Pacific or Atlantic coasts probably have idealistic images of what ocean side beaches are supposed to look like. Many visitors coming from those ends of the country might have doubts as to how an alpine lake can compete with what they are accustomed to, but those thoughts will be quickly swept away with a trip to Lake Tahoe. Speaking on behalf of all locals, we are proud of our diverse variety of beaches and all they have to offer. Whether you are seeking a day of exhilarating water sports or serene relaxation, South Lake Tahoe has you covered!

Family Fun Beaches

lake tahoe beaches

Some of the many watersport options at Zephyr Cove Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

Pope Beach is the longest beach in Tahoe and a popular family locale. Be sure to bring some hotdogs to grill on the standing BBQ’s to satisfy the appetite you will work up after you rent paddleboats, kayaks and jetskis. The beach has many trees, so you can take a break from the sun if you need. (parking fee)

Round Hill Pines Beach is a resort with many amenities that will appeal to every member of the family. You can rent watercrafts at the marina, splash in the heated pool, or sip on a refreshing cocktail from the Bar and Grill. Make sure to stay until sunset, because the views of Mt. Tallac and the Sierra Nevadas create a picturesque backdrop. (parking fee)

Zephyr Cove Beach and Resort is another family-friendly location with activities such as volleyball, boating and parasailing. Take one of the iconic Lake Tahoe cruises on either the Tahoe Queen, the MS Dixie II or the Tahoe Paradise. There are two restaurants at the resort, as well as the opportunity to stay in a cabin or at the campground. (parking fee)

Quiet, Relaxing Beaches

lake tahoe beaches

A relaxing afternoon at Nevada Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

Nevada Beach is a spacious beach with plenty of room for visitors. It’s attached to a campground, so you can make it a more immersive experience if you love camping. There is also a dog beach, so you can bring your furry friend with you. Just follow the signs and keep Fido on a leash until you get to the water. (parking fee)

Kiva Beach is another quiet beach, known as one of Tahoe’s “hidden gems.” A bit rockier than other beaches, Kiva is a popular spot for dogs. I recommend wearing water shoes (for the rocky shoreline) and bringing extra doggie bags (to help keep the beach clean).

Vikingsholm Beach is located in Emerald Bay State Park, one of the most photographed locations in Lake Tahoe. With just a short hike down to the beach, you can tour the Vikingsholm Castle, which is one of the greatest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. You can also rent kayaks to reach Fannette Island and explore the tea house. (parking fee)

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View of Fannette Island from Vikingsholm Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

There is no better way to soak up the Lake Tahoe sunshine than a day at the beach. Whether you are here to spend time with family or on a romantic getaway, you will leave South Lake Tahoe with countless new memories that last a lifetime. We can definitely give those seaside beaches a run for their money!

We’d love to hear from you! Which beaches did you enjoy? What is your favorite activity to do at the beach? Please let me know in the comments!

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4 Disc Golf Courses to Check Out at Tahoe South

Combine A Hike With Some Friendly Competition… 4 Disc Golf Courses To Check Out In Tahoe South
Lake Tahoe is very fortunate that as its winter snows recede, the temperatures soar in the spring, summer, and fall months to near perfect levels for ANY type of outdoor activity. From world-class singletrack bike trails to miles of beaches, the list of adventures during this time of year is almost endless. One that’s a bit off the radar but well worth a “look-sy” if you’re in Tahoe South is disc golf. Combining a hike with a bit of friendly competition, these four disc golf courses in Tahoe South will leave a lasting impression on your time here.

What is Disc Golf?
Before we jump into the courses, let’s give a little run-down on the sport of disc golf. It’s played much like traditional golf in terms of rules, scoring, and etiquette. Where it differs a bit is by throwing specialized discs from the tee box and eventually aiming into a chain-catching metal basket. Another great aspect of the s..

Combine A Hike With Some Friendly Competition… 4 Disc Golf Courses To Check Out In Tahoe South

Lake Tahoe is very fortunate that as its winter snows recede, the temperatures soar in the spring, summer, and fall months to near perfect levels for ANY type of outdoor activity. From world-class singletrack bike trails to miles of beaches, the list of adventures during this time of year is almost endless. One that’s a bit off the radar but well worth a “look-sy” if you’re in Tahoe South is disc golf. Combining a hike with a bit of friendly competition, these four disc golf courses in Tahoe South will leave a lasting impression on your time here.

What is Disc Golf?

Before we jump into the courses, let’s give a little run-down on the sport of disc golf. It’s played much like traditional golf in terms of rules, scoring, and etiquette. Where it differs a bit is by throwing specialized discs from the tee box and eventually aiming into a chain-catching metal basket. Another great aspect of the sport is it’s relatively cheap. Once you pick up a set of discs for around 40 bucks, you can play at any of the courses in Tahoe South for FREE.

Bijou Community Park

Bijou Park Disc Golf at Lake Tahoe

Bijou Park Disc Golf at Lake Tahoe | Photo: Local Freshies

For 1st timers or those that don’t have a lot of time, we recommend venturing over to Bijou Community Park. Centrally located off of Al Tahoe Boulevard, it features a playground, vast bike park, dog park, skate park, and a 27-hole disc golf course. Overall, the course is mostly flat with a few elevation changes as it winds its way through meadows and pine trees. For beginners, the first nine are a perfect option since they’re a bit shorter, helping to build confidence. The last eighteen are more of a challenge.

Zephyr Cove Park

Zephyr Cove Disc Golf at Lake Tahoe

Zephyr Cove Disc Golf at Lake Tahoe | Photo: Local Freshies

On the other side of town, just a few minutes past the casino corridor, is Zephyr Cove Park. This eighteen hole course starts under a canopy of pines and slowly ascends up a massive hillside. Around the seventh hole, the forest begins to give way to manzanita vegetation, adding a bit more challenge to find your thrown discs. Be sure to persevere because the next set of holes, especially eleventh’s tee box, offer some of the most majestic views you’ll find on a disc golf course. Due to its steep rolling terrain, after a round you’ll feel like you accomplished not just a game of disc golf but a hiking adventure to boot.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort Disc Golf

Photo | Kirkwood Mountain Resort Disc Golf

Typically, skiers and snowboarders haunt this powder mecca. But in the summer, just below the Timber Creek Express, experienced disc golfers attempt their skills on this unique high elevation course. Considered one of most challenging courses in the West, it weaves its way through mountainous terrain, meadows, and even a few creeks. Truly an expedition, this course isn’t for beginners or those that aren’t in good physical condition. A normal round can take up to THREE hours, so be prepared.

Turtle Rock Campground

Turtle Rock Disc Golf Course Markleville, CA

Turtle Rock Disc Golf Course. Photo | @eruc86

While Kirkwood’s course is in the high alpine, the Turtle Rock course just outside of Markleeville is on the cusp of a high desert/alpine environment. Offering up a mix of widely spaced ponderosas, boulder fields, and lots of manzanita bushes, after Kirkwood, this course is the second most challenging. The layout is well organized and includes multiple par 4s and 5s to test the length of your drives. And after the long hike, you can finish it off with a dip at the Grover Hot Springs. Talk about a perfect day out in the mountains!

If you’re looking for a different adventure that doesn’t cost a lot, includes some exercise, and a bit of competition, look no further than disc golf in Tahoe South. We guarantee you’ll have a blast!

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5 Highlights on the Dolpa Circuit

Not much was known about Dolpa in the outside world until quite recently. This mid-western district of Nepal was closed to foreigners until 1989 (certain areas still require a special permit) and the little people knew had been learned from literary and cinematic accounts like Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard” and Eric Valli’s epic adventure film “Himalaya” (Caravan).

To this day Dolpa receives a fraction of the visitors coming to Nepal for trekking. It remains an incredible natural and cultural experience for those longing for a bit of adventure and off-the-beaten-track exploration.

The 14-day Dolpa Circuit trek starts in the lower regions of Dolpa and meanders through lush green pastures and pine forests, to the barren high altitude lands of Upper Dolpo, near the Tibetan plateau. The trek crosses over two high passes, Numa La (5318 m) and Baga La (5190 m) making it a challenging journey. To help you out, we’ve listed 5 highlights along the Dolpa Circuit that will give you..

Dolpa Circuit Not much was known about Dolpa in the outside world until quite recently. This mid-western district of Nepal was closed to foreigners until 1989 (certain areas still require a special permit) and the little people knew had been learned from literary and cinematic accounts like Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard” and Eric Valli’s epic adventure film “Himalaya” (Caravan).

To this day Dolpa receives a fraction of the visitors coming to Nepal for trekking. It remains an incredible natural and cultural experience for those longing for a bit of adventure and off-the-beaten-track exploration.

The 14-day Dolpa Circuit trek starts in the lower regions of Dolpa and meanders through lush green pastures and pine forests, to the barren high altitude lands of Upper Dolpo, near the Tibetan plateau. The trek crosses over two high passes, Numa La (5318 m) and Baga La (5190 m) making it a challenging journey. To help you out, we’ve listed 5 highlights along the Dolpa Circuit that will give you a welcome excuse to catch your breath:

Dho-Tarap Valley – one of the highest human settlement in the world

Half-way though your trek you’ll come across the two settlements named Dho and Tarap. They are nestled together in the Dho Tarap Valley at an altitude of 4080m, making them one of the highest semi-permanent villages in the world. Exploring the village life here is like stepping back in time and you can easily spend a day admiring the traditionally built houses and monasteries. Keep an eye out for carved wooden effigies adorning local buildings. They are called Dokpa, and are believed to offer protection against evil spirits.

Phoksundo Lake – the jewel of Dolpa

One of the main highlights of trekking in the Dolpa region is a visit to one of Nepal’s deepest lakes, Shey Phoksundo (146m). The lake lies at an elevation of 3620m within the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal. With the surrounding forests and snow-capped mountains reflecting in the velvet blue waters it’s no surprise this region has been described as one of the world’s “Natural Hidden Wonders”. Unfortunately for aquaphiles though, the lake is regarded as sacred to the followers of Buddhism and Bön-po religion, so taking a dip in the lake is discouraged.

Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Waterfall

Near the outlet of Phoksundo Lake lies one of the country’s tallest waterfalls. The waterfall is named after the lake but it is also known locally by its Nepali name, Suligad waterfall (167m). Trust us, the view of the waterfall surrounded by glacier-laden mountains and pine forests will make you want to pitch your tend and stay forever.

Bön Culture

Along the journey you will encounter practitioners of the ancient Bön religion. Bön is an spiritual tradition of Tibet which origins predate Buddhism. The religion followed its devotees to the Nepali Himalayas centuries ago and is still practiced in the isolated higher altitudes of Mustang and Dolpa. Ringmo, a hamlet just above Phoksundo Lake will give visitors a rare chance to witness its ancient practices.

Dolpa

Wildlife

The Shey Phoksundo National Park is home to a rich ecosystem with a wonderful variety of flora and wildlife including exciting creatures like the blue sheep and wild yak. If you’re very lucky you may even spot the very elusive snow leopard.

For more suggestions on trekking itineraries in the beautiful Dolpa region, head over to GHT’s Find a Trek.

(Photos by Anuj Adhikary from a recent assignment with GHT to Dolpa)

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