Fall Color in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Fall Color Update - November 7, 2013

This will be the last Fall Color update for the season as most areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin are past their peak. Low temperatures and a recent windstorm left many branches in the Basin bare. Winter will soon be upon us, so wax up your skis and boards. The Basin offers some of the finest winter recreational opportunities in the nation. For information on skiing and snowboarding, sledding and tubing, snowmobiling, sno-parks, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and more visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/WinterRecreation.   

 

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.

There are many other spots to see fall foliage around the Basin. A simple trip around the lake will reveal some spectacular color.

 

Fall Foliage Hotline

Learn the best places on your national forests and grasslands to see the changing hues by calling the hotline then pressing the number of the area nearest you.

  • (800) 354-4595

 

National Fall Colors Website

For information on why leaves change color, fall colors across the country, and information just for kids, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/2013/.