Lake Tahoe Fall Colors
This is what it will look like in just a couple of weeks.
It won't be long before we start doing our snow dances in earnest. This fall, 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 annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon takes place beginning early October. 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 then park in the lot on the right.
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.
Looking for more fall colors around Lake Tahoe?
- US Forest Service | Guide to Fall Color in the Lake Tahoe Basin
- Fall Foliage Prediction Map
- Blog | Fall colors around Lake Tahoe
- Blog | More fall colors around Lake Tahoe