[Also– Escaping the crowds, forest-bathing, adventure treks] From spring through late-fall, Tahoe has ideal hikes for most every day and your every mood. The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of three iconic trails that originate or pass through the region, the others being the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails. You can pick up sections of the Rim Trail at 12 trailheads, enjoying out-and-backs or pointto-point with a shuttle. Popular trailheads include Tahoe Meadows, off Nevada Highway 431 above Incline Village, Brockway Summit on Highway 267, Echo Lakes near Interstate 50, and Spooner Summit on Interstate 50. The Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed at numerous trailheads in the region. All three trails travel through the spectacular granite landscapes of Desolation Wilderness, the nation’s most visited wilderness area (requiring permits for overnight stays). Many lovely hiking trails wind through the woods at lower elevations, some in state parks, others accessed from neighborhood roads. Look to our recreation map on page 24 for suggestions. For adventurous, off-trail hikers, the Sierra Nevada Range offers endless peak-bagging and backcountry route finding. As with all travel in Tahoe backcountry, go prepared with cellphone charged and adequate water and clothing.
The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena is an excellent indoor facility with an NHL-sized rink. Check tahoearena.co for their updated summer schedule.
Jet Skiing See “Boating” Kayaking See “Paddling” Kite Boarding [Also– Windsurfing, Hobie-
catting] Lake Tahoe and other nearby lakes often have summer afternoon winds, but only rarely at a velocity to excite kite boarders or windsurfers. That can change as storm fronts brush the Northern Sierra, whipping up whitecapped action off Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and South Lake Tahoe. Wet suits are advised, even on warm afternoons, as lake surface temperatures can drop on windy days.
Miniature Golf Find mini-
golf fun at Kings Beach Miniature Golf or Magic Carpet Golf locations in South Lake Tahoe and Carnelian Bay. Heavenly Village lays out holes on its plaza during summer months.
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Mountain Biking [Also–
Single track, fire roads] The entire Northern Sierra is a mountain biking mecca of single-track and fire road fun, from classic granite descents to newly built routes that curve and bounce fluidly down mountain sides. Flume Trail is the most iconic of Lake Tahoe routes, a breathtaking trek along mountain ridges and cliff side, including single-track following the route of an old lumber flume. This classic fat-tire ride is made more accessible with a shuttle service that cuts out the painful road climbing part of the loop. Turn to the map on page 24 for more information on popular trails. Bike shops are great sources for in-depth information on adventures to match your goals.
Museums Interesting area museums include Donner
Emigrant Trail Museum outside Truckee, Tahoe City’s Gatekeepers Museum and Native American basket collection, and Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village. Nearby museums and historic sites include Nevada Museum of Art and National Auto Museum in Reno, Nevada Museum and Nevada Railroad Museum in Carson City, and tours and museums in Virginia City.
[Also– SUP and kayaking] Lake Tahoe’s crystal-clear waters—every shade of blue from near-black to turquoise—are a magnetic attraction for paddle boarders and kayakers. There are multiple Tahoe marinas that offer launching and rentals. Many of the most popular beach locations have rentals and convenient parking. East Shore’s mix of undeveloped shoreline, numerous coves, hidden beaches, and huge granite boulders make it a favorite adventure, normally accessed through Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, with rentals available there or at the Hyatt Regency beach in Incline Village. Emerald Bay is the great paddle adventure on the West Shore, accessed from D.L. Bliss State Park to the north or Baldwin beach to the south.