Things to do in North Lake Tahoe
Explore the many fun activities and events around the North Lake Tahoe area, just steps outside of your room at the Tahoe Vistana Inn.
Check out what is going on this week, free activities on the North Shore, hiking , mountain biking, golf and much more!
Summers at Lake Tahoe:
Cowgirls & Cocktails Trail Ride
LOCATION: Alder Creek Adventure Center - click here for directions
RESERVATIONS: Call Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center 530-587-9470
August 25, September 1, September 22 & September 29
Offered on select Fridays, cowgirls and cowboys are invited to gather for an early evening trail ride followed by beer, wine and appetizers. Enjoy a meandering trail ride through highland meadows and forests and then relax, nibble on appetizers and sip a frosty beer or glass of wine. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend!
*Trail rides will be 5 - 6 p.m. followed by drinks and appetizers from 6 - 7 p.m. This event is for adults ages 21 and up.
Hiking in North Lake Tahoe:
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
- John Muir
WILDFLOWER HIKES IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE
If you love the beautiful colors and unexpected beauty of wildflowers, hiking in North Lake Tahoe during the summer provides you with numerous opportunities to catch a glimpse of some of the most breathtaking varieties.
1. 64-Acres and 64-Acres Lakeside
MAP: 165 W Lake Blvd
Distance: A very short walk to the lake or continue on the bike trail across the street for miles.
Highlights: Exceptional wildflowers, beach access and trails along the Truckee River.
Location: 64-Acres Park can be found right behind the new transportation center (opposite side of the lake), just south of the "Y" in Tahoe City, on Hwy. 89. Right below the very visible sign to the Tahoe City Transit Center is a smaller one pointing to “Trail and River Access.” Turn in there, keep going past the bus loop on your right, and you’ve arrived! Directly across Hwy 89 from the transportation center is 64-Acres Lakeside, with its own small parking lot. (Don’t blink, or you’ll miss the turn-in.) This lakeside network of trails is open to horseback riders, as well as hikers and bicyclists.
2. Eagle Lake Trail
MAP: 138 Emerald Bay Road
Classification: Easy to Moderate (the options are nearly limitless)
Distance: 1.8 miles to Eagle Lake, but there are options up to 5 miles.
Highlights: Views of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Eagle Lake and amazing waterfalls with the option to go as far into Desolation Wilderness as you would like.
Location: The trailhead is located on Hwy 89, as you head south from Tahoe City. You will round a bend opening up to views of Emerald Bay, with parking on your left that has trails down to the bay, including views of Vikingsholm and Fannette Island. Stay on 89 and turn right into the next parking area, which is the access point to Eagle Lake.
3. Paige Meadows
MAP: 1989 Silver Tip Drive
Classification: Easy - the trails are already at a high elevation and the only incline is on the way back to the car, but even that is very gradual.
Distance: From the trailhead, the first meadow of Paige is 0.4 miles. From there, you can continue to explore for miles and you can connect to the Tahoe Rim Trail (more information below).
Highlights: Countless green meadows, wildflowers, Aspen trees and Sierra wildlife. This is a great area for hiking, walking, mountain biking, trail running and especially amazing for moon-lit walks, as long as you keep track of which trails you take around the meadows.
Location: Located at 6600 feet, and easily accessible. Head down 89 South out of Tahoe City, go 3.5 miles and take a right on Pine Avenue, then take an immediate right on Tahoe Park Heights, which takes you up a twelve percent grade hill. At the top of the hill bear right onto Big Pine, then take an immediate left onto Silvertip Drive and go all the way to the very end. There is parking available at the end of the street.
TAHOE RIM TRAIL - North Shore Hikes
The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile (266 km) long-distance hiking trail that forms a loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin.
*Click here for trail conditions*
*Click here for an interactive trail map of the Tahoe Rim Trail*
1. Interpretive Loop at Tahoe Meadows
MAP: Mt. Rose Highway
Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
Highlights: Exceptional wildflowers, an edge ecosystem, & informative signage.
Location: This loop can be accessed from the Tahoe Meadows trailhead, which is on the south side of Highway 431 (the Mt. Rose highway) about a ¼ mile west of the summit.
2. Mt. Rose Loop Trail
MAP: Mt. Rose Summit
Distance: 5 - 6 miles round trip
Highlights: Waterfall, wilderness experience, and loop ability (i.e. you will not see the same thing twice).
Location: This loop can be accessed from the Mt. Rose trailhead, which is on the north side of Highway 431 (the Mt. Rose highway) at the summit.
3. Brockway to Watson Lake
MAP: Brockway Summit
Distance: 13.4 miles round trip
Low / High Elevations: 7000 ft. / 7760 ft.
Highlights: Lunch at the lake and gentle rambling hiking.
Location: The Brockway trailhead is on Highway 267 about 0.5 miles south of the summit.
Happy Hour at the Lake:
CHECK FIRE DANGER HERE - WESTER REGION FIRE WEATHER
If we work together, we can keep Tahoe fire safe.
CAMPING & CABIN INFORMATION - LAKE TAHOE BASIN
OUTDOOR BURNING INFORMATION - NORTH LAKE TAHOE FIRE DISTRICT
"THINK FIRST" CAMPAIGN - KEEP TAHOE FIRE SAFE
- Monitor the forest service signs ("red" = danger)
- Put out campfires before leaving the campsite, and only have campfires in designated fire rings where they are allowed.
- Avoid the use of charcoal when barbecuing.
- Use an approved spark arrestor when off-roading.
- Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
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