• Gabriella Viola

Top Places to See Fall Colors in Lake Tahoe

Updated: Jul 10


Best places to see fall colors in Lake Tahoe

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!


↠ Fallen Leaf ↞

Yellow aspen trees at Fallen Leaf Lake in Lake Tahoe California.  Fall colors in Lake Tahoe.
A meadow of yellow aspens along Fallen Leaf Lake Road
Fall colors at Fallen Leaf Lake in Lake Tahoe.
Autumn views at Fallen Leaf Lake

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 ↞

Meadow of fall colors in Hope Valley California.
Fall colors at Hope Valley off State Route 88
Yellow aspen trees in Hope Valley California in autumn.
Field of Yellow Aspens in Hope Valley

Hope Valley is a well known 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 taken October 11th 2019