If you’re seeking taller whitewater, portions of the Truckee River Canyon between Truckee and Verdi feature Class Three and Four rapids. Tahoe Whitewater Tours runs commercial day trips through Truckee River Canyon, Carson River, and forks of the American River.
[Also– Bouldering] Tahoe’s most popular climbing destinations are Donner Summit, near Truckee, and Lover’s Leap, off Highway 50 west of Echo Summit. Old Highway 40 travels up from Donner Lake to numerous granite cliffs with traditional routes of all grades. Lover’s Leap is renowned for multiple-pitch routes reaching up to 600 feet. Climbers have ferreted out excellent granite bouldering around Tahoe’s woods—look to web or print climbing guides for the continually expanding areas.
Ropes Courses [Also– Adventure parks, ziplines] Tahoe Treetop Adventure parks have three locations—Tahoe Vista, Olympic Valley and Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City—with rope courses, zip-lines and a “leap of faith.” Heavenly in South Tahoe has a fun ropes course and alpine slide at the top of the gondola lift.
Sailing See “Boating” Scenic Rides
[Also– Aerial tram, gondola lift] Tahoe boasts two breathtakingly scenic aerial rides. Heavenly’s gondola travels from near Stateline in South Lake Tahoe straight up the mountainside and connects with another lift, trails and rides. Palisades Tahoe’s large aerial tram is a spectacular ride up a cliff face to the resort’s High Camp lodge.
Skate Parks Fun skate parks are found in Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.
Boutiques, art galleries, gift and souvenirs shops are clustered in Truckee’s downtown, Heavenly Village/ Stateline, Tahoe City, Incline Center and Kings Beach, all with lunch and coffee spots. Look to our Directory, page 46, for more information on shops and galleries.
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[Also– Open-water] Lake Tahoe is DEEP and COLD, but its top 3 feet can become refreshingly swimable during most Augusts and Septembers, the surface water temperature near 70 degrees F and warmer in sandy shallows on summer afternoons off South Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and Sand Harbor beaches. To enjoy Tahoe’s water clarity, wear swim goggles or a mask. Or take a dip in the lower Truckee River, basically Lake Tahoe in motion. There are excellent indoor public pools in South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Incline Village
Trail Running Walking [Also–
Handicap access] Paved walking and bike path options are found throughout the region, with popular stretches found from South Lake Tahoe to Tallac Historic Site, West Shore bike trail between Meeks Bay and Tahoe City, Truckee River bike trail from Tahoe City to Palisades Tahoe, and the lakeside trail from Incline Village to Lake TahoeNevada State Park. Most sections of these trails are relatively flat and handicap accessible. Sugar Pine Point State Park has a Family Discovery nature trail. Near Truckee, the paved Truckee River Legacy Trail and trails in Donner Memorial State Park and Martis Valley are delightful places to raise your heart rate a bit.
[Also– Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, Lessons] On calm summer mornings, Tahoe’s surface is an almost perfect mirror to the green forests and blue sky—a waterskiing nirvana. West Shore locations are often wind protected, with lessons and rentals available at Sunnyside Marina and High Sierra Waterski School at Homewood Marina, and rentals from Tahoe City Marina. Around the lake, numerous companies and marinas rent boats for wake boarding or wake surfing—the latter fun even in minor windchop because it requires slower boat speeds. Pay attention to current weather forecasts before planning any boating trip on Lake Tahoe. Other area lakes with boat launches include Donner Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake.
Zoos To see animals from around the world, head to Animal Ark, located north of Reno, providing sanctuary for orphaned, injured, or non-releasable wildlife.