Fall Hiking in Lake Tahoe

Big meadows Margo

Photo Credit Margo Stoney

It’s the last weekend to take advantage of hiking, dining, and those fantastic scenic views at Heavenly this fall. September 27-29 is your last chance to head up the Heavenly Gondola and Tamarack Express before winter Opening Day on November 22.

With our first sign of snow last week, and cool temps arriving in Tahoe, leaves are changing and there are numerous activities you can do outside to enjoy the area. Below are some tips for seeing the fall colors and doing a bit of hiking.

Heavenly Mountain Resort
Heavenly has green, blue and black level hiking trails to choose from.  Hike from the top of the Gondola or from the top of Tamarack Express to multiple scenic lookout points where you can view the Nevada valley, Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness. See your favorite ski runs before the snow covers them up!
Heavenly Hiking Trail Map


Photo Credit Heavenly Mountain Resort

Marlette Lake
Marlette Lake is located on the east side of Lake Tahoe off of Route 28. It is about five miles round-trip and can be challenging, but the fall colors are stupendous. The yellow aspen trees are all over the area in early October.

Marlette lake

Photo Credit Sierra Sue

Spooner Lake
Spooner Lake is a little over two miles round-trip hike that is well maintained and mostly flat that starts at the Nevada State Park off of Route 28. This hike is good for families looking for an adventure.


Photo Credit Gingerlea Photography

Hope Valley
Hope Valley is known for spectacular fall colors and many photo opportunities. Follow US-50 west through South Lake Tahoe, take a left to stay on US-50 at the Y, then turn left onto Highway 89, and follow to Hope Valley and Highway 88.  You will see the stunning orange and yellow trees waiting for your camera to capture them.

hope valley

Photo Credit Jeremy Branham

Where do you like to hike in the fall around Lake Tahoe? Let us know in the comments!

~Ashley Smith
Communications Coordinator



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