When it comes to Instagram hot spots, Tahoe South has quite a few you’d be proud to feature on your feed. Whether you’re looking for colorful vistas, rustic charm, or a signature Tahoe splash of blue, we’ve got you covered on places to explore for that perfect shot.
One of the most iconic spots in Tahoe South is Emerald Bay. Its beautiful, calm waters attract viewers every day. With several trails leading down to the shore line, or up to higher elevation, helps you create the right photo you are looking for.
While in the Emerald Bay area, be sure to explore a few of the surrounding lakes and water falls within a few miles distance from the bay. Each small lake offers something different. One popular Insta-spot is Fallen Leaf Lake, a more secluded lake than Tahoe. Discover bridges, docks, and streams in the area or saddle up to the crystal-clear shores for an iconic shot of Mt. Tallac, which resides on Fallen Leaf’s shores.
Another Instagrammable spot in Tahoe is Eagle Lake. Nestled high in the mountains, the trail to this lake offers scenic views, rock stair cases, and magnificent water falls along the way. There are several spots to admire the area and, of course, take a few snaps for your social media.
Tahoe South has several unique rock faces, including Cave Rock, located along Highway 50 on the Nevada side of the South Shore. The rock, which houses two tunnels, sits directly on the lake and referred to as the “Lady of the Lake” for the rock’s distinctive profile that resembles a woman’s face. In addition to giving good face, this is also a popular spot for its unique vantage for sunset when the lake is bathed in warm, colorful light.
Fortunately for guests of the Ridge, there are Instagram worthy spots right outside your door! Since the Ridge Tahoe is nestled in the Sierras, there is an amazing view at almost every corner of the resort’s property. Get cozy in the hot tubs or relax in a pool chair at one of three pools to overlook the Carson Valley or even the lake. Sunset is a favorite time to visit these spots because the clouds regularly light up in different colors.
With many areas to visit, we hope this guide can bring some ideas spark adventure during your stay at the Ridge. Don’t forget to tag us
You’ve made it to Tahoe and you’ve checked into the Ridge Tahoe. Now, your first stop may be taking a nap or grabbing food at the Bistro, but your next step should be snagging a map for a local hike! You’ll find an abundance of trails for hikers of all experience levels that’ll take you up granite slopes, near hidden waterfalls and through alpine meadows. Tahoe is truly a hiker’s dream, but for those visitors unaccustomed to strenuous treks, we’ve compiled a few of the best hiking trails for beginners.
A personal favorite of ours is the Castle Rock Trail. It’s two miles round-trip and offers a steady incline throughout the trail. Hikers will take in gorgeous views of the Tahoe region and views of the Ridge Tahoe emerge in the distance. Once hikers reach the appropriately named peak, they’ll experience panoramic views of the lake and its surrounding valleys.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Rim Trail has everything an adventurer could want to be packed in a 6.6-mile round-trip hike. From views of the valley to the lake and towering pine trees, this trail has much to offer novices of any age. It is a great hike for beginners and those seeking a general hike conveniently located in the center of the South Shore.
Hiking in Van Sickle Rim Trail is accompanied by beautiful views. Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
There are numerous small lakes that are accessible via relaxed trails. A favorite lake of many locals and visitors alike is Fallen Leaf Lake. Catch a glimpse of this peaceful lake on the 8.1-mile round-trip loop around the lake. This is also a dog accessible hike, so bring your favorite hiking buddy – but please leave him or her on a leash!
Two well-loved trails in the South shore are Cascade Falls and Eagle Falls . Both trails begin near Emerald Bay with Eagle Falls visible from the highway. These are must-do hikes in the region due to a large amount of snowfall this past year generating literal tons of runoff water.
Eagle Falls pictured during after a very active snow season. Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
If hikers are interested in a leisurely stroll through a blooming meadow, check out the Lam Watah Nature Trail. This trail has a low level of difficulty but offers magnificent views of the Tahoe’s meadows. It also takes you right up along the lake to Nevada Beach for a relaxing and scenic pit stop.
These are just a few of the trails you can experience while staying at the Ridge Tahoe. If you are seeking more adventure and difficulty, download the All Trails app on your phone or find more posts about our favorite hikes in the area. Happy trails!
This summer has reached some extreme temperatures, and even the mountains can’t hide from the beating sun! If you are heating up, we have some tips to cool off this summer.
Easy and Breezy
The Ridge Tahoe includes three pools that are short walks from any room on property. Not only do the pools help you chill out, but they also have beautiful views of Lake Tahoe to the west, and Carson Valley to the east. This is one of the most convenient, easy, and fun ways to cool off when staying at the Ridge Tahoe. Check out the property map to find a pool near you.
The bear necessities: just you and the clubhouse pool.
Life is Better at the Lake
The lake is a natural choice on a summer’s day. Our resort offers complimentary transportation that takes guests from the Ridge Clubhouse to Heavenly Village, from which you can take a short walk to Lakeside Beach.
If you’d like to explore other beaches, consider taking the water taxi offered by Round Hill Marina. The water taxi can take you to three other South Shore beaches: Camp Richardson, Round Hill Pines and Timber Cove. This is great option to bypass traffic while also enjoying the lake breeze as you bounce from beach to beach.
The water’s just right! Jump in. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Explore the great outdoors, take in some gorgeous views and find natural waterfalls to jump in with a hike!
If you’re looking for a hike close to the Ridge Tahoe, take a ride on the Ridge Shuttle to Heavenly Village, then walk straight to Van Sickle Bi-State Park where you will find yourself hiking among tall pine trees near Heavenly Mountain Resort. With several shaded resting stops, this hike is a great option for working up a sweat and then cooling off in a natural waterfall at the top of the trail.
Is there a better reward after a hike than a waterfall? This one is seen at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Photo credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Another great hike near Emerald Bay is Eagle Falls, which is the perfect for alpine lake swimming. With stone walking steps, this hike includes a beautiful canyon, an abundance of shade and beautiful views of Emerald Bay during your hike.
If you want to find more hikes that offer water falls great for swimming, check out TahoeSouth.com.
More Pro Tips
Now that you’re equipped with great ideas to cool off while visiting Tahoe, there are few things you can do right in your own room to prevent hot temperatures from sneaking in:
- Blackout Shades: Utilize the shade in your room! The temperatures reach their warmest between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., so make sure you while you’re out lying by the pool, that your blinds are closed to prevent sunrays from entering your room.
- Fresh, Mountain Air: Around 7 p.m. we recommend you open your windows while keeping your blinds closed until the sun is completely out of sight. Average nighttime temperatures in August dip down to 50°F. The natural air will seep into your room, cooling it down much like an air conditioner.
- Don’t Use Heavy Material: Even when you are on the mountain in the summer, keep your heavy blankets and clothing at home. Strip your bed of any heavy blankets and store them away. Any large blanket can lock in heat, making it difficult to cool down at night.
- Refresh Yourself at the Bear Trap Lounge: Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day at the Bear Trap Lounge, which is located in the clubhouse. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, unwind and cool off!
Celebrate the last weeks of summer at the Ridge Tahoe!
Tahoe outdoes itself during the summer with concerts, water skiing, boating, and shopping galore. In addition to these easy-going activities, Tahoe also has plenty of entertainment for adrenaline junkies looking for a fix! Summer is the perfect time to check out those blood-pumping adventures and we’ve compiled a few of our favorites.
Heavenly Mountain Epic Discovery
Our first choice takes us to Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Ridge Tahoe’s neighbor (and easily accessed from the resort’s on-site Hilltrac Skier Express)!
Heavenly not only offers an array of skiing slopes during the winter time but also a jungle of ropes courses and ziplines at Epic Discovery, Heavenly’s adventure park, which is home to two of their popular scenic ziplines. The Hot Shot zipline provides gorgeous views of Mt. Tallac and Pyramid Peak while ziplining alongside three of your friends or family members. Alternately, the Blue Streak Zipline offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe as you glide through the sky on the 3,300 ft. zip line. Talk about heart pounding! Click here for more information.
Sky Combat Ace
Ready to pilot your very own fighter jet? Sky Combat Ace offers you an opportunity like no other with a truly unique aviation experience. You’ll have the chance to either ride along or get behind the controls of a fighter jet under the supervision of one of SCA’s highly trained fighter pilots. You can choose from four types of aviation experiences: aerobatics, air combat, combination or flight training.
Another aviation experience offered only a short drive from the Ridge Tahoe is Soaring NV. Soaring is a unique concept, using art, science and the natural environment to keep yourself afloat. As you are sitting in a glider, which is a plane without an engine, you are attached to another plane by a string, and then released in the air to control your movement. The glider will safely travel to the ground or any other way you would like to go. The sky is the limit!
See Lake Tahoe from a new perspective with Soaring NV. Photo courtesy of Soaring NV
What kind of adrenaline-soaked Tahoe adventure would be complete without mountain biking? Tahoe South has several mountain biking trails that will leave you speechless. A very popular mountain biking option is the Tahoe Rim Trail, which takes you along a slim ridge with views of Lake Tahoe. Another fan favorite is the Flume trail, a 4.5-mile-long narrow single-track trail that follows the ridge from the west end of Lake Tahoe to the north nearly 2,000 feet above the lake. It is a highly rated trail, as well as one of the most photographed. Check out more bikes trails offered here.
Hit the trails for heart pounding mountain biking in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
It’s clear that Tahoe has endless options for people of all ages and types. Whether you’re looking to go dancing, enjoy cocktails lakeside, ski, hike, go shopping, or get your heart pumping, Tahoe has it all. At a convenient location to all the action, the Ridge Tahoe is the place to stay if you’re looking for a healthy dose of adrenaline!
Many are beginning to wind down and out of summer mode to get ready for the upcoming school year, but that’s not the case with Tahoe South! With a full menu of events and recreation, we’re not saying goodbye to the warm summer months just yet. Fortunately, these events are close to the Ridge Tahoe and most are just an easy ride away on our complimentary shuttle. Let the fun begin!
Starting this weekend, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will perform for the first time since 2014 at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena. He is famous for his soothing, island jams like “Banana Pancakes” and “Upside Down.”
Live at Lakeview brings the beats with the summer heat every Thursday. Credit: Lauren Lindley/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Continuing with the summer jams, this week also presents two of the South Shore’s favorite summer concert series at Lakeview Commons and Heavenly Village. On Thursday, July 27, Live at Lakeview hosts their free concert on the beach, where locals and visitors gather to listen to an array of music while watching the sun set on picturesque Lake Tahoe.
The Heavenly Village Concert Series begins at 5 p.m. July 28-29. This concert is conveniently located in the middle of the Heavenly Village. This family-friendly event is free.
Get your fitness in and get a taste of some of Lake Tahoe’s best breweries at Kirkwood Bikes & Brews. This event at Kirkwood Resort offers mountain bike riding for people of all ages, as well music and brew tasting. There will be a shuttle available with pickups and drop offs at MontBleu Resort. The event supports the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association.
Cheers! Drink Tahoe Brew is clearly the memo here at Basecamp Pizza Co. Credit: Lauren Lindley/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
On Aug. 7, a full moon kayak tour is offered to individuals of all ages to kayak along the shores of Sugar Pine Point State Park. The tour will take place between the highest elevation operational lighthouse in the U.S. to the park’s southern boundary overlooking Meeks Bay. State Park staff will provide insight into the region’s cultural and natural history under the light of a full moon.
Throughout the month of August, there are several events taking place during the Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival, including performances by Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore (Aug. 2), Heartbreak On The Dance Floor (Aug. 9), Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankenfurter (Aug. 23), and Laura Love (Aug. 30).
With all these events and activities, it’s hard to be bored in Tahoe. There are more events to come in the next few weeks. Don’t miss out by booking your room at the Ridge Tahoe now.
Have you ever wanted a quick-reference guide to fun facts about Lake Tahoe? Look no further! These facts may answer some of the questions you have about the lake and they may surprise you, as well.
- Crystal clear: Lake Tahoe is gifted with a unique appearance: clarity up to 70 feet below Lake Tahoe’s surface. Nearly 70% of annual rainfall hits directly on the surface of the lake, and the rest of the water flows through the meadows and marshes, which creates a beneficial filtration system. Another factor of Tahoe’s clarity is its high elevation and consistent snowfall throughout the year. With snowmelt running through creeks and falls which feed into the lake, the lake receives the purest form of water.
People docked their boats on the calm lake during the early hours of the morning. Photo Credit: Aramark / Rachid Dahnoun
- One of a kind: Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Stretching 191.9 square miles and holding 39.75 trillion gallons of water, Tahoe beats Crater Lake in Oregon with three times as much in length and ten times in capacity.
- You said how much? Tahoe has a capacity of 39.75 trillion gallons of water. Yes, you read that correctly! That is enough water to fill 60.2 million Olympic pools. With this amount, Tahoe could also supply 314 million people with 69 gallons of fresh water a day for 5 years. Now that’s a lot of water!
- Explore the great outdoors: With over 200 trails for biking, hiking, and running, you can get your fitness on in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Every trail offers a unique experience with different levels of difficulty, extraordinary views, and wildlife.
Heavenly Mountain Resort Skier gets some action on this year’s Heavenly slopes. Photo Credit: Heavenly Mountain Resort
- Just keep swimming: At a maximum depth of 1,645 feet at Crystal Bay, Tahoe is ranked the second deepest lake in the United States. If you were to put the Empire State Building (1,454 ft.) under the surface of Lake Tahoe, we wouldn’t be able to see the very top point of the building.
- Break the ice: Tahoe is unable to completely freeze due to the amount of water compared to its relative surface area. This prevents the lake from reaching freezing temperatures. Looks like ice skating won’t be an option on this lake!
- Stargazing at its finest: Tahoe’s South Shore is home to 1,307 campsites, so pitch a tent, make some smores, and look up to the great night sky. Many spots in the Basin have great views of the “Triple Conjunction,” which includes the triangle formation of Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury.
- Dare to climb: Lake Tahoe is surrounded by six peaks. The tallest is Freel Peak, which reaches an astonishing 10,881 feet. If you were to stack 7.5 Empire State Building’s on top of one another, they would reach the top of Freel Peak!
- And many more: Tahoe has existed for over 2 million years. Formed by the movement of glaciers, the valley eventually sunk in creating the Tahoe Basin.
Another beautiful sunset casts its rays over Emerald Bay. Photo Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
- Origins of time: The name “Tahoe” originates from the Washoe Native Americans. It was a mispronunciation of one of their native words: “da ow a ga,” which means the edge of the lake. Ancestral Native Americans first inhabited the lake 10,000 years ago. The Washoe Tribe occupied the Tahoe Basin for 1,300 years up to the 20th
- Small town, big city feel: There are around 23,000 year-round locals in Tahoe South, but on peak days in the summer and winter, the population can reach nearly 300,000. A total of 3 million people visits Lake Tahoe every year.
What was your favorite fact? Let us know when you visit the Ridge Tahoe for your Tahoe vacation!
Reference: Tahoe South and Tahoe Fund