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Temperatures are dipping into the 30’s at night and the brisk mornings require an extra layer before heading out the door. Forecasters are calling for an El Nino year, which typically equates to a higher than average snowfall. Savor these classic Tahoe activities with family and friends before the winter is upon us.


The Rubicon Trail: The 12-mile out-and-back, iconic hike hugs the perimeter of Lake Tahoe’s West shore. Start your journey at D.L. Bliss State Park and relax at the beach near Vikingsholm. Bring your camera to capture epic Tahoe panoramas.



The Truckee River: Cold temps and low water levels are just around the corner. Bring your own float, or rent one from Truckee River Raft Company. Give yourself at least 3 hours to leisurely float from Tahoe City to River Ranch. Leave a vehicle at River Ranch to shuttle back to your car.


On Lake Tahoe: Drop in at Commons Beach and head east toward Carnelian Bay. Willard’s Sport Shop rents boards, $50/half day. Remember to lather on sunscreen to avoid a high altitude sunburn.




From Squaw to Tahoe City: The bike path along CA-89 will soon be covered in snow. Pedal along the Truckee River to Tahoe City and have lunch along the Truckee River at The Bridgetender.



The scenic route around Tahoe by car: Winter snowfall often causes Highway 89 to close at Emerald Bay forcing travelers to back track through Tahoe City. Stop in South Lake at Freshie’s for lunch, or enjoy a beer at South Lake Brewing two local favorites.


Contact me for more intel on activities in the Tahoe-Truckee region.