Five Ways to Elevate Your Summer in North Lake Tahoe

Late August and September are a great time to be in North Lake Tahoe. Give your summer a big high five: specifically, one of these five adventures.

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1) Best Day Hikes in the State

North Lake Tahoe has some of California’s best day hikes. The Five Lakes Trail rises to 7,400 feet in the Granite Chief Wilderness and connects to a series of lakes. Or opt for Shirley Canyon Falls, hiking alongside waterfalls and granite boulders while soaking in views of Squaw Valley (Pro Tip: The trail starts at the base of Squaw Valley, but post-hike you can take the tram down at no cost—ticket is free for going down only!). And don’t miss the panoramas from the summit of Mount Judah. We could go on … See more top hikes in North Lake Tahoe.

2) End It with Beer!

Beer just tastes a little bit better after getting outdoors. The Lake Tahoe Ale Trail interactive map connects your hikes, bike rides, and beach hops to craft breweries and other hotspots for grabbing a beer and a bite. Hover over the beer icons for detailed itineraries, like the easy 11-mile Squaw Valley to Tahoe City Loop alongside the Truckee River with an Ale Trail stop at Rocker@Squaw. See other Ale Trail adventure itineraries.

3) Paddle the Best of Big Blue

Lake Tahoe has a big shoreline: 72 miles of it! And the north side has some excellent access points—from Kings Beach to Tahoe City—where sandy beaches and rocky inlets make great spots for kayakers, paddleboarders, and non-motorized watercraft. The Lake Tahoe Water Trail guide shows you the best places to get out on the lake and paddle the crystal waters, pulling up for beach breaks in quiet coves and more.

4) Sundowners

Where do you like to watch a sunset? North Lake Tahoe has all the options. Dip your toes in the sand and kick back on the beach with live music and a glass of wine. Relax by a fire pit with a cocktail. Have dinner on a lakeside patio, or watch a show on the shoreline. Find the best places to take in North Lake Tahoe’s sunsets.

5) Festivals!

From outdoor summer movies at Squaw Valley to Concerts at Commons Beach, there’s always something going on in North Lake Tahoe. One of the biggest events of the year, the Autumn Food & Wine Festival is happening September 7 – 9. See the events and festivals in North Lake Tahoe.

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