There is no bad time of year in Tahoe and each season provides a new way to explore the Lake of the Sky. Spring offers flowing waterfalls and abundant wildflowers that are sometimes only accessible by hiking… So pull out your Keens and hit the trails this Spring!
Horsetail Falls is a popular moderate trail that takes you 3.3 miles through Desolation Wilderness and back. Named for the waterfall that spills from the mountains and unsurprisingly resembles a horsetail, this hike offers beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This trail is ideal for beginners and moderate hikers, but it does have some tricky footwork so watch your step. In the summer you can take the dip in the alpine waters at the base of the falls.
Fallen Leaf Lake/Glen Alpine Falls
A hidden gem only a mile south of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake provides a quick and easy hike for individuals of all experience levels. Towering trees and the serene silence of the forest will guide you to the crisp cold waters of Fallen Leaf. Snag a spot of secluded beachfront property for an impromptu picnic or continue on to Upper Glen Alpine Falls, the home of one of Tahoe’s earliest resorts.
Views of Mt. Tallac at Fallen Leaf Lake. Credit: Squatch Photography
If you seek wildflowers, then Big Meadow is your hike. This appropriately named meadow is one of the best places to take in the ephemeral appearance of Tahoe’s beautiful wildflowers. Feast your eyes on flora after a mile and a half hike up steep terrain to the meadow.
Tahoe Rim Trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is an iconic trail that extends 165 miles around the entirety of Lake Tahoe. And luckily for Ridge guests, the TRT is accessible from your hotel.
Views from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Photo credit: Travel Heals
Bloggers Bailey and Mark of Travel Heals explored the TRT from Ridge. If you need more convincing beyond the above picture, just read a snapshot of their experience:
“Since the trail elevation ranges from 6,240 to 10,338 feet, we were able to see amazing views whenever the trees would open up. On one side was the mountains and the valley, and on the other was the magnificent view of Lake Tahoe from so high up. All along that part of the trail were pockets of cleared trees just waiting for us to sit and soak up the view. And we obliged each time.”
The Ridge Tahoe provides guided hikes and you can always venture on your own – as long as you are prepared! For hiking tips and guides in Tahoe South, click here.