With only days left living near Lake Tahoe, I’ve debated on what and how to write about a place that has meant so much to me over the years. It’s called the Jewel of the Sierra by non-locals, and is visited by people from all around the world. Mainly known for it’s ski resorts and great snow during winter, summer tends to be my favorite time to head to the lake as it also boasts world class hiking with dozens of mountain peaks reaching just under 11,000 feet, and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. The Tahoe Rim Trail alone is roughly 165 miles long, which doesn’t include the massive amounts of other trails in the area. A reaction from my sister from LA when we completed one of my favorite hikes yesterday, which is one of the highest summits in the area, was one of disbelief upon seeing the scenery at the top. “It looks like a painting, look at how blue the water and sky are,” was the initial reaction, and I can’t say I disagree.
I’ve been blessed enough to have been able to ride in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride for 72 miles around the lake, hike some of the highest peaks in the area, and ride some great snow in the winters in the time I’ve lived nearby. The Tahoe Tough Mudder in June is always a great run as you cover over 10 miles and run, or trudge up 2,600 feet of elevation. It has been so much fun I’ve found myself participating in it every year for the past four.
There are definitely beaches to check out on the hottest days of summer, just remember that Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the USA at 1,645 feet deep, which means it’s average temperature of 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit is never warm. Sand Harbor Beach has fine, powdery sand, while Zephyr Beach has a great party-like atmosphere. If you like wading out into the water, Kings Beach lets you go hundreds of feet into the water while still being able to stand. Nearby Donner Lake gives you a more secluded area to hike around, with stunning landscape to admire. The Donner Tunnels are another great way to spend a day, walking through pitch black tunnels which are almost 150 years old.
With loads of great hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, exploring, and adventuring, Tahoe is a place that I find hard to write about as I don’t think I can do it justice. I’d recommend taking the 45 minute drive from Reno to explore it yourself, and give it as much time as you can because through the years I’ve lived nearby, I’ve barely even scraped the surface.
This is one post I can’t really tell a story in because I have far too many from Tahoe, so please read about our trip to Puerto Rico if you’d like more of a story!