Lake Tahoe Fall Guide

By Tahoe Staff

Time to fall in love with Lake Tahoe, all over again…

While summer and winter are the obvious times to visit Lake Tahoe, a hidden secret is just how perfect this time of year is for a vacation. The crowds have thinned with the waning daylight, but the temperatures are perfect for getting outdoors and really discovering the area.


Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking & Cycling

The trails are quieter but the views remain. Lake Tahoe is perfect for cyclists of all age and skill level; some of the most picturesque and challenging mountain bike rides in the U.S. are in the Tahoe are, but there are also easy sloping trails that make disappearing into the trees an option for beginners too. The roads have less traffic on them, too, and checking out the fall foliage while riding on a perfect fall day is nothing short of spectacular.


Lake Tahoe Hiking & Horseback Riding

Many of Lake Tahoe’s trails are open to hikers, bikers and equestrians, but some, such as the Tahoe Rim Trail, offer days just for those on foot (two or four!) so if you’re looking for some serious communing with nature, you’ve come to the right place. Lake Tahoe hiking trails range in difficulty from hikes for kids to those for well-conditioned hikers. Learn How to Prepare for a Hike in the Sierras. Check out our 10 Great Tahoe Hikes for Kids or browse our hiking section to plan the perfect hiking experience.


Lake Tahoe Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle-boarding


Sure, the water temp is a little brisk, but bundle up; the rewards of getting out on the lake at this time of year are many. Calmer waters, fewer inhabitants and spectacular views are just a few of the things fall watersports have to offer. Try taking a lesson, too; summer’s tourists are long gone and shops are likely to have more class times available.


Leafing, Alpine-style

Most of Lake Tahoe is surrounded by gorgeous evergreens, but among the lush pine trees are plenty of aspen, which ignite in fiery reds, yellows and oranges for your viewing and photo taking pleasure. Take a hike on such trails as Page Meadows near Tahoe City or Spooner Lake off Hwy 28, or simply drive on such roads as Hwy 267 or Hwy 88 to see the changing colors.

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Lake Tahoe Disc Golf

While most traditional golf courses close down this month, disc golf courses are generally open until the snow flies. There are a number of courses in the Tahoe area, so grab those discs and limber up while you check out our tips here.

Disc Golf Tips »