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Lake Tahoe Fall Colors

It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn!

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Fall colors around Lake Tahoe. Photo by Carol Chaplin.

The air is crisper, mornings have been cooler, and it is definitely feeling like fall in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The leaves have started to change, and it won't be long before we start doing our snow dances in earnest. In the meantime, take a drive, hike, or bike ride around and you’ll see bursts of yellow and gold throughout Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Some recommended spots for fall colors:

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

A paved path winds through the meadow and forest along Taylor Creek, featuring interpretive signs and a visitor information center to help educate as well as inspire. Bonus: The weekend of October 6 and 7 is the annual Fall Fish Fest. Celebrate the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon with family-friendly activities, education, and wildlife sightings.  From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles. Turn right at the Visitor Center entrance just past the Tallac Historic Site.

Lam Watah Trail/Rabe Meadow

This has become my go-to trail for a lunchtime dog walk or a pre-work morning run. The paved bike path offers easy access, and the network of dirt trails provides fun options to explore the area. Pack a picnic, take a long walk through the trees to the Nevada Beach shoreline. From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 east toward Stateline approximately 5 miles. Turn left on Kahle drive and park in the lot on the right.

Hope Valley

Whether you make this an afternoon drive or a day-long hike, the Hope Valley area provides some of the best fall foliage around. Drive From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 toward Echo Summit approximately 5 miles. Turn left at Highway 89 south and continue over Luther Pass to Pickett's Junction approximately 10 miles.

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