Getting up early is tough for most people. Lake Tahoe sunrises, however, make it totally worth it. Even though Daylight Savings Time just ended, the sun still rises later than summer and you don’t have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to catch it. Well, depending on where you’re going.

We’ve compiled our list of the top 5 places to catch the sunrise from in Lake Tahoe. So go explore.

  1. The Ridge Tahoe – This might be obvious, but we’re going to go with us. The sun rises directly behind our resort affording some amazing colors and photos without having to travel. Here’s a list of sunrise times for the entire month of November so you don’t miss it while you visit The Ridge Tahoe, or change out of your pjs.

    Imagine waking up to sunrises like this every year.

    Imagine waking up to a sunrises like this.

  2. Emerald Bay – one of the most photographed locations in the country, your photos are going to be gorgeous at any time of the day. But there is certainly something special about sunrise. Make sure you allow enough time to arrive and pick your location before the sun actually starts to rise as the moments before the sun peaks over the mountain tops are sometimes the best for colors.

    Can you see why it's one of the most photographed spots in the country?  Photo: Rod Hanna.

    Can you see why it’s one of the most photographed spots in the country?
    Photo: Rod Hanna.

  3. Maggies Peak – this short hike is all uphill and with this week’s new snow, might be difficult going forward. But the views are nothing short of amazing. From Maggies you can see Cascade Lake, Emerald Bay and of course, Lake Tahoe. The hike is about 4 miles roundtrip and takes about 45 minutes to get to the summit. Bring LOTS of layers.
  4. Mt. Tallac – one of the more popular overnight hikes in the basin it is also more challenging and longer. And again, the new snow will make this extremely difficult without the right equipment. Might want to save this one for spring or backcountry skiing. The hike is about 10 miles and takes 3 to 3.5 hours to get to the summit. Again, layers are required, not recommended.
  5. Timber Cove – not a hike or even a far drive. This beach has one of the longest piers on the lake. Walk out to the end and turn around to see the sun rising above the mountains. This is a quick trip that will give you great photos without a strenuous hike. It is also perfect for children and grandparents.

    We know we said to turn around, but the colors to the lake are pretty nice as well.  Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick.

    We know we said to turn around, but the colors to the lake are pretty nice as well.
    Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick.

Where will you watch the sunrise during your visit to The Ridge Tahoe?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.