Spring has sprung here in South Lake Tahoe! The weather is warm, the snow is melting off the hiking and biking trails and the best part: it is not crowded! Unfortunately for us skiers and riders, there is not enough snow on most of the mountains to partake in spring skiing. But, if you are like me, we have moved on from the ‘winter that wasn’t’ and are already wearing flip flops and sandals! We have already had many spring-like days with temperatures creeping into the low 60s. Here are just a few of our favorite activities to enjoy during the Spring!
Spring Hiking: Usually at this point, a lot of the hiking trails still have snow on them. This year, the snow will be gone earlier than normal opening up some great hiking trails. Why not try some spots of the Tahoe Rim Trail and experience the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe from a different vantage point. Or try some of the really popular hikes that are crowded during the summer months. Eagle Falls is a great one to try if you have not already hiked it. This hike can be done by any ability and only 1/4 of a mile. Once at the falls, those able can continue to Eagle Lake and see stunning views of the Tahoe backcountry.
Spring Beach Day: You might not want to jump in Lake Tahoe (it can be 40 – 50 degrees on the surface in the winter), but if the sun is shining and the wind is light – a day at the beach is a great spring pastime for those living in South Lake Tahoe. Bask in the sun with a book, beers or if you have four legged friends let them romp around and get a free bath (don’t forget to clean up after them if needed)! One of our favorite beaches to visit during this time is Nevada Beach. The state park is closed, however there is parking on the side street or take a short flat hike on the Lam Watah Trail through the meadows to Nevada Beach. Or, drive up Highway 28 and visit some of the secluded beaches often crowded in the summer.
Spring Boat Rentals: Have you wanted to rent a boat, but it is always too busy when you visit Lake Tahoe during July? You are in luck – the Ski Run Boat Company has boat rentals during the winter and spring. Located conveniently just outside of the casino corridor rent everything from an 18′ Reinell 185 to a Deluxe Plus Tritoon seating 13 people. Enjoy having Lake Tahoe mostly to yourself and go explore the shoreline. Always dress for the weather and please enjoy boating responsibly! Or if you want a less hands on way to get on the water, take a cruise on one of the Paddle Wheel boats for a day cruise or a dinner-dance cruise!
Spring Drive Around Lake Tahoe: We all know when you visit Lake Tahoe you have to go see Emerald Bay at least once. But in the summer this can be a harrowing experience. When you finally do make it to Emerald Bay, there are cars along the road at every imaginable ‘parking space’ with people running across the road with their cameras out (we’ve all done it…). But visit this picturesque location in the off season, and you can really enjoy it for what it is. This 68 mile loop will provide you with spectacular views, and a myriad of activities to partake in along the way. Stop at the historic ‘Fanny Bridge’ in Tahoe City and look at the dam, grab a fish taco at Sunnyside Resort on the West shore or hike down to the water at Emerald Bay.
Intrigued? Here is another reason to come up to South Lake Tahoe during the spring: Spring rates! Our nightly rates decrease during the spring, call us today to take advantage of the lower prices and all that Lake Tahoe has to offer in the Spring Time!