Lake Tahoe winter sunset with chairs

North Lake Tahoe

Fall in North Lake Tahoe: Part one on our “Secret Season”

North Lake Tahoe may be renowned for its world-class skiing and summer recreation, but when the summer crowds subside and the days begin to shorten, the region comes to life with fall colors and adventures. This “secret season” offers a respite from the traditionally busy times of year, when Lake Tahoe’s outdoor splendor shines and its entertainment options abound.

Over the next three days, we’re going to give you five reasons to visit Lake Tahoe this fall, starting with our number one reason, and that’s to GET OUTSIDE!

Fall is the most serene season in North Tahoe. It’s the perfect time to get outdoors. The days are sunny and pleasant, the aspen leaves quake with a golden glow, and the lakes are glassy and calm. The area offers countless miles of hiking and biking trails from which to take it all in, from the historic Emigrant Trail north of Truckee to the famed Flume Trail overlooking the clear blue water of Tahoe’s east shore.

For those who want to get on the water, many local sports stores rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks well into the fall. And while wetsuits are recommended, smooth-surfaced lakes — from Tahoe to Donner Lake to Boca Reservoir — make for ideal waterskiing and wakeboarding. Trout also grow more active with the cooling water temperatures, and area lakes and rivers offer some of the finest fishing in the West.

The North Lake Tahoe area teems with un-crowded golf courses in the fall, from classic nine-hole courses like Old Brockway to modern, 18-hole courses the likes of Coyote Moon, Old Greenwood, the Incline Village Championship Course and the Mountain Course.