Fall Color in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Lake Tahoe Basin Fall Color Slide Show

A golden aspen grove is seen among the pines in Hope Valley.A grove of yellow and orange aspen at Glen Alpine. An outbuilding sits among golden aspen. Highway 267 blazes with fall color. A trail on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe reveals beautiful fall color. Shrubs reveal fall color that ranges from light green and lemon yellow to a deep red. Golden and orange aspen leaves. A cabin in Hope Valley with gold and orange aspens in the background. Beautiful fall colored aspens sit in front of Waterhouse Peak in Hope Valley. Aspens reveal beautiful fall color near Sorenson's Resort in Hope Valley. Aspen stands in Waterhouse Meadow, Hope Valley.

 

Fall Color Viewing Areas

Below are directions to great spots to view fall foilage on or near the South Shore of the Lake Tahoe Basin. 

  • Cathedral Meadow - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 north approximately 3½ miles just past the bridge at Taylor Creek. Turn left on the road to the Sno-Park and continue past the gate approximately 1 mile. The meadow is on the left.

  • Fredrick's Meadow -  From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles. Turn left on Fallen Leaf Lake Rd. and continue past the campground entrance approximately 1½ miles. The meadow is on the right.

  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles. Turn right at the Visitor Center entrance just past the Tallac Historic Site.
  • Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden - Located at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. From the entrance to the college, stay to the right and park in one of the lots near the daycare center. 

  • Lam Watah Trail/Rabe Meadow - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 east toward Stateline approximately 5 miles. Turn left on Kahle drive and park in the lot on the right.

  • Ponderosa Meadow - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 east and continue past Roundhill, NV. approximately 6½ miles. Meadow is on the left.

  • Spooner Summit - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 east approximately 15 miles. Park at the Tahoe Rim Trail trailhead on the left side of the highway.

  • Hope Valley - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 toward Echo Summit approximately 5 miles. Turn left at Highway 89 south and continue over Luther Pass to Pickett's Junction approximately 10 miles.

  • Sorenson's Resort - From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 50 toward Echo Summit approximately 5 miles. Turn left at Highway 89 south and continue over Luther Pass to Pickett's Junction approximately 10 miles. Turn left on Highway 88 for approximately 1 mile.

 

National Fall Colors Website

For information on why leaves change color, fall colors across the country, information just for kids, and stunning photos, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/2014/.