Lake Tahoe Hiking

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Keep Tahoe Fire Safe: Defensible Space and Campfire Safety

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There’s nothing quite like a clear summer’s night star gazing at the night sky over Lake Tahoe next to a smoldering camp fire, or grilling on the back deck while the local deer mull around at sunset. The Sierras are a splendid break from the hustle and bustle, the busyness of our everyday lives, where we can enjoy the wildness of Tahoe.

Though it’s the perfect season to play all day in the fresh air and cozy up around the campfire with loved ones, it’s also wildfire season when locals are on high alert. Campers, hikers and backpackers are also out in droves. In order to preserve our favorite summer playground, we need to practice wildfire caution – come prepared with water and/or bucket to douse a fire while camping, set up an adequate fire ring around a campfire, increase our defensible space, and so on.

Think First Tahoe has established a new initiative to encourage residents and visitors alike to practice wildfire prevention, whether that’s out camping in Tahoe backcountry and following legal campfire practices, or increasing defensible space around your home. Both are equally important.

Join others on Saturday, June 25 from 12PM-2PM at the Tahoe Biltmore and Lodge Casino for a Defensible Space Block Party! Meet your neighbors and local fire district and learn new ways to create defensible space around your home. Guests will also have access to free greenwaste dumpsters, and enjoy tasty food and drinks!

Visit to learn more.

Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

Autumn Leaves in Truckee

The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.

Wanderlust California 2012

Wanderlust California is back at Squaw Valley for another year of non-stop action; a huge festival that artfully brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, notable speakers, renowned chefs, and winemakers for a 4-day event like no other!

Take several days of yoga classes from the best in the industry. Attend a Speakeasy lecture where experts in wellness discuss meditation, nutrition, technology, music, organics, spirituality, yoga, and more. Enjoy a morning meditation hike at the top of Squaw. Watch Ziggy Marley live on the main stage. Sip tea at an outdoor co-op or attend a prix fixe farm-to-table dinner with The Naked Grape.

Tickets are $475/Sage four-day, $395/Seeker three-day, $108/Thursday, $160/Friday or Saturday, $99/Sunday, $24.50/Thursday music only, $29.50/Friday music only, $34.50/Saturday music only, $20/Sunday music only.

Overwhelmed with excitement? We thought so! Check out Wanderlust Festival’s website to learn more!

Donner Party Hike

Hosted by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, the Donner Party Hike returns for its 19th year on October 8th for a two day event – sure to be just as successful as the last. The goal is to highlight the area’s beauty, recreational sights and emigrant history.

If you are unfamiliar with the history of the Donner Party, here is a quick historic recap to bring you up to speed. On April 16, 1846 several families, in nine covered wagons, left Springfield, Illinois heading west to California. After a tragic, twisting series of events the Donner Party made their way to California and split into two camps for the winter of 1846-47. One group made it to the eastern end of Donner Lake, and another was unable to proceed beyond camp at Alder Creek. Unfortunately, they were one day shy of crossing Donner Summit to due to snow, and resorted to waiting the winter out at Donner; where grisly cannibalism occurred for survival. Although 46 members of the Donner Party survived, two-thirds were women, and the majority of men in the original group of families had perished.

Following are the hikes available for the choosing of event goers on Saturday:
• Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road 1913 Corridor Lincoln Highway: Pass petroglyphs, roadside billboards and the China Wall. Find out where and why these roads were built.
• Roller Pass: Hike up the Pacific Crest Trail and back to see views of Donner Pass, Coldstream Pass and Roller Pass where emigrants were forced to winch their wagons up a 35-degree granite slope.
• Roller Pass / Judah Loop: Enjoy the Roller Pass hike with an additional mile at the top to go around the Judah Loop and on to Donner Peak.
• Coldstream Pass: Hike over one of the most heavily traveled emigrant routes. The hike is strenuous, rising and descending over a minimum of 1800 vertical feet.
• High Sierra Lakes: Incredible vistas seen by emigrants as they passed through the High Sierra years ago. Discover hidden alpine lakes while exploring Donner Summit.
• Railroad Snowsheds: View the China Wall and go through several railroad tunnels with views of Donner Lake.

For further information and admission fees, contact Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

Hiking Lake Tahoe

There are many reasons why vacationers flock to Lake Tahoe. Although we have the beauty of Shirley Canyon at Squaw Valley, there is a magnificant 165 mile trail that awaits your discovery. The Tahoe Rim trail circles the perimeter of Lake Tahoe, passes through two states and even six counties. Hikers are not the only ones to enjoy the view; horses and mountain bikes are allowed in specified areas. There are also three wilderness areas if you’re feeling extremely adventurous.

If you’re looking for something the whole family is sure to enjoy, head out with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a “Vistas, Lakes and Wildflowers” this Saturday, July 30th at 8:00am. This hike focuses on a climb to Twin Peaks and Granite Chief Wilderness with breathtaking vistas and an abundant bloom of wildflowers in season. Click here for further details.

If you would like to head out on your own, a popular and famous spot for Lake Tahoe hikers is Eagle Falls. It is a relatively short and easy hike (surprisingly so), with rewarding vistas and waterfall views. With our incredible snowfall this year, the waterfalls are raging. Normally waterfalls to this degree appear in May or June, but visitors can enjoy the water level well through summer this year.

Whether you choose to ride the Cable Car up to High Camp and hike down through Shirley Canyon, or take a short drive to Paige Meadows or Eagle Falls to hike with loved ones, we know you will enjoy the breathtaking flora and fauna this time of year.

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