Tahoe’s best outdoor recreation options continue through fall

As summer gently winds down, activities around Lake Tahoe align with seasonal changes that makes for an ideal time to visit The Ridge Tahoe.

Whether you’re looking to create some waves on the water or do some hiking or biking on Lake Tahoe’s extensive network of trails — you’ll find yourself blazing with the day’s setting sun without the bustle of summer crowds.

Don't miss the Kokanee swimming upstream this fall at Taylor Creek.
Don’t miss the Kokanee swimming upstream this fall at Taylor Creek.

Looking for a hike nearby?You can take the Gondola up to Heavenly Mountain Resort where you can access some of Tahoe’s most scenic hiking trails. Heavenly offers trail options from beginner to expert, so you can’t go wrong.

Also close by is Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, and offers hiking with some great views. You can take this easy to moderate hike up to a small waterfall in about 20 to 30 minutes at a moderate pace. The lower level of the trail is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings.

If you are ready for a longer hike then continue beyond the waterfall from the Van Sickle trail and head up to catch the intersecting Tahoe Rim Trail. This is an extension of the 165-mile long-distance hiking trail which forms a loop around Lake Tahoe. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles of trail above the lake’s west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail.

When you’re done, trade in your hiking shoes for two wheels and check out the on and off-road bike trails around South Shore. The staff of The Ridge Tahoe can arrange bike rentals and organized rides for you.

It wouldn’t be fall without the bountiful quaking aspen changing color in the Sierra. You can see some of the colors outside the doorsteps at The Ridge Tahoe or you can head over to Hope Valley where the colors will soon be changing into bright bursts of sunshine yellow.

And when it comes to colors, even some of Tahoe’s fish are known to change. Check them out Oct. 5 at the Fall Fish Festival (formerly the Kokanee Salmon Festival) at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  This year’s festival, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers.

In addition to the Kokanee, these species include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-know smaller fish, such as speckled dace. The visitor center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Join the fun and participate in this free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California.

Late summer and early fall stays at The Ridge Tahoe wouldn’t be complete without a trip on the big blue.  Let someone else do the driving by chartering a sailboat or yacht such as the Woodwind II, the Safari Rose, the Tahoe or the Tahoe Bleu Wave.

Tahoe paddlewheelers are terrific ways to cruise the lake where you can take in lunch or sunset dinner cruises. The Ridge Tahoe offers discounted tickets for sightseeing and dinner tours aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II.

Do your plans this fall include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

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