Top Places to See Fall Colors in Lake Tahoe
Updated: Oct 25, 2021
Autumn is one of the best times to visit Lake Tahoe. The summer crowds are gone, the weather is pleasantly crisp, and by mid-October, brilliant displays of fall color are peaking throughout Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras.
In this post, I'll be sharing 6 of the best spots to see fall colors in Lake Tahoe and when to go!
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↠ Fallen Leaf ↞
Fallen Leaf in Lake Tahoe has multiple hiking trails, stunning views of Mt. Tallac, and in autumn, beautiful displays of fall color. The foliage can be seen along the shoreline of the lake and along the road itself (accessed via State Route 89). Fallen Leaf Lake Road is very narrow, but there are shoulder spots alongside the road, making it easy to pull over and explore the fall colors.
Where: Fallen Leaf Lake
Best viewing time: Early to Mid October.
Photos taken October 9th & 10th 2019
↠ Hope Valley ↞
Hope Valley is a top location for fall foliage. Located about 25 minutes south of Lake Tahoe, the spectacular autumn hues can be seen right from the highway. One of the best spots to enjoy fall colors in Hope Valley is along State Route 88 between Pickett's Junction and Blue Lakes Road.
Where: Hope Valley
Best viewing time: Mid October
Photos were taken October 11th, 2019