Fall Hiking in the Sierras around Lake Tahoe

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Fall Hiking - We love it!!!


Every year around this time mother nature leaves us with an exceptionally mild and gorgeous fall.The Beautiful Aspens are changing to their bright yellow and the Maple’s to their bright red, creating an intense, fiery canvas surrounding our very blue Lake Tahoe.  Pair this with the 60-65 degree weather and you’ll have a perfect fall.This is a great time to put on those hiking shoes and head to the hills.Below are a few hikes for every level that we love.


The Crystal Bay Fire Lookout. If you haven’t been there yet you need to do yourself the favor and make it soon. It is about a  ½ mile walk on a mostly paved road (uphill). If you are not a local and therefore not used to the elevation but still want to get out and enjoy the fall this is an easy, I can make it, hike.  We have been there with my 79 year old father-in-law.There is a trail around the top with historical facts and others signs that tell you what you are looking at. Plan on spending an hour on top just to relax and fully take it in. There are toilets ( no water ) at the top. Bring along your dogs and you will met several other dog lovers along the way. Spend time with a picnic dinner and bottle of wine.  That's always fun. Plan on making this part of your Tahoe experience soon.How do you get there?Follow Tahoe Blvd. (HWY 28) west from Incline Village towards Kings Beach.Once you reach Crystal Bay, turn right (north) onto Reservoir Drive. A quarter-mile later (at the old fire station and water tower), turn right onto Lakeview and continue about a mile (stay left at each fork) to the gate/trail head for the overlook. When you see a narrow fork do take that. It will bend back around and take you to the gate. If you avoid turning onto Tuscarora you should be able to find the Forest Service road ok.  By the way, the land at the fire gate is privately owned and for sale.  Call me for details.  6+ acres.



We love Tunnel Creek!Within just a few minutes of hiking you will be met by an incredible view.We must admit, this hike can be a bit strenuous but you don’t have to reach a summit to enjoy the lake view.  The first 1/2 mile is flat. How do you get there? Just east of Incline Village at the intersection of Highway 28 and Ponderosa Ranch Road, just beyond — you guessed it — the now-dark Ponderosa Ranch.Park on either side of Hwy 28 go up the street to tunnel creek road.At the end of the street you will see a fire road, follow that.Please note:Though this is a popular hiking area, the first part is private property.  The log home on the right was a part of the Ponderosa Ranch/Bonanza TV series days. 

The meadows at Mt. Rose (aka sheep flats) are also a great place to hike.  This is at the top of SR431 on the way to Reno.  The trails here range from flat to steep and are absolutely beautiful right now. Hiking can be beginner or intermediate.  Read below for parking areas.


Mount Rose Summit is the way to go if you’d like to spend the day on the mountain.This advanced hike isa roughly 5-mile, 2,000 feet hike from the trail head, through some wonderful scenery, including a gorgeous waterfall.At 10,776', this is not a hike for the faint of heart.Be sure to take plenty of water and the appropriate clothing as the climate can change quickly in the mountains.How do you get there?From Tahoe Blvd, east Incline Village, Follow Mt. Rose Hwy (SR431) past the meadows to the very top of the mountain.The parking lot will be on your left.Park here and you will see the train head as well as bathrooms and maps w history.


Have fun and be safe!!  Bring plenty of liquids, layered clothing and the dogs.

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Ken thank you for making me jealous! : ) I grew up in Maine and loved the fall in New England, it was the best time to hike. No hot weather and most importantly not mosquitos.


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